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April 29, 2015 to April 30, 2015
Florida's Forgotten Coast


Nancie King MertzNancie King Mertz is a Master Signature Member of Pastel Society of America and Chicago Pastel Painters, an IAPS Master Circle member. Her Website is: www.NancieKingMertz.com

Artist’s statement: “Pastels are perfect when painting on-site because they’re so immediate…no time is required to mix paint. This is a huge benefit when racing against the clock or chasing the sun. I’ll share techniques that help you capture light & shadow quickly and that enable you to complete works in 2-3 hours. The Panhandle of Old Florida provides a wealth of subjects along its fascinating coast, just begging to be painted!”

This workshop will improve your speed & confidence when using soft pastels for Plein Air painting. The information shared over the 2 days will also be helpful for studio pastel work.

One or two paintings will be fully completed each day, depending on your comfort zone. Individual attention is stressed in this workshop, rather than group lecture. Short demos will be offered as needed, throughout the workshop, to help clarify techniques.

Preferred materials list:
Plein air easel with sturdy surface to hold your pastel box
Assorted soft pastels (if buying, the Sennelier Plein Air set is a good start)
4 or more painting surfaces/sizes of your choice: Ampersand pastel boards, Wallis paper, etc. One 11x14 prepared Gatorboard panel will be provided by the instructor for each artist to try
Small closed container for alcohol (denatured alcohol will be provided)
Fan brush
Also need: a roll of waxed paper and blue painters’ tape (to protect finished work for transit)
Wet wipes, hat or visor, bug spray & sunscreen
Optional: umbrella, chair
In case of rain, we’ll work outside but under cover

Cost per student, $200, Paid in advance, send checks with Name, Address, email and phone numbers to:
Paulette Moss, Apalachicola School of Art 
PO Box 86, Apalachicola, FL 32320
For Information, call 1-855-APALACH (272-5224)

Reserve your space now with Paypal!

Questions for instructor, contact: 

Sponsored by Forgotten Coast en Plein Air, Forgotten Coast Cultural Coaliion

TWO GUYS, THREE DAYS, DUELING DEMOS with Greg LaRock and Ken DeWaard
May 11, 2015 to May 13, 2015
Florida's Forgotten Coast


Greg LaRock and Ken DeWaard WorkshopDon’t miss this opportunity to study with two nationally known, award-winning plein air artists in one workshop! With decades of experience, Greg and Ken will guide you through everything you need to know including: simplification, understanding good composition, creating focal ­interest, achieving depth and atmosphere in your work and much, much more. Watch and learn with demos by both artists including a side by side demo of the same subject matter. Plus, lots of hands on instruction, discussion and free goodies for all students! Workshop is open to all levels.

About Ken DeWaard:

For Ken there is nothing more rewarding and challenging than painting under an open sky, surrounded by the scents and sounds of nature, along with it's ever changing color and harmonies to excite one's creativity.

After receiving his Bachelor of Arts with honors, Ken began working in a commercial art studio in Chicago. He continued his studies at the American Academy of Art, where he studied with nationally recognized watercolorist, Irving Shapiro. Upon Irving's recommendation Ken joined the acclaimed Palette and Chisel Academy of Fine Art in Chicago, where he soon began studying with Scott Burdick as well as Dan Gerhartz. It is here that Ken adapted his direct and pure approach as well as his bravura brush style, which he achieves by painting directly from life.

Strongly inspired by John Singer Sargent, Joaquin Sorolla, William Wendt, Edgar Payne, Nicolai Fechin, and the Russian Impressionists, Ken finds himself painting an array of subject matter from everyday life. The feelings Ken evokes in his paintings are due in part to the excitement and passion he feels while capturing the fleeting effects of light, or the wonderful color nuances and harmonies presented by nature and all of her beauty.

Ken continues to travel throughout the United States as well as Italy and China. He has won numerous awards around the country in many of the top Plein Air Competitions including the coveted Artist Choice awards, Best of Show, along with a host of various other awards. He has spent many a summer day painting the Italian hillsides, American vistas, and beauty wherever it finds him. This has always been a contributing factor in his work, insight, and inspiration and growth as an artist.

Ken is an instructor at the The Academy of Fine Art,  in Denmark, Wisconsin. He currently resides with his wife and four young children in the beautiful driftless area of southwest Wisconsin.

About Greg LaRock:

Greg LaRock’s passion is to capture the outdoor landscape and its ever-changing light and beauty. The challenge of depicting the three-dimensional world onto ­canvas is a difficult pursuit, but when it all comes together, it is an extremely rewarding experience. “When the gap between believability and painterly expression is merged, I’ve done my job.”

A signature member of AIS, LPAPA and ASMA plus an artist member of the CAC, Greg has won numerous awards for his painting excellence including the $5000 first place/grand prize at the Easton Plein Air event in Maryland and the top purchase prize awards for the Newport Bay Naturalist Mural Competition in California and at the Callaway Gardens Plein Air Show in Georgia. Greg has been juried into four of the Oil Painters of America national shows, awarded a “Jury’s Top 50” at the Greenhouse Gallery’s Salon International twice, was an invited artist seven times to LPAPA’s annual Plein Air Invitational. He has also been ­featured in Southwest Art’s “Artist to Watch” column and included in Jack Richeson Fine Art Series book “Plein Air New Mexico.”

Cost per student, $375, Paid in advance, send checks with Name, Address, email and phone numbers to:
Paulette Moss, Apalachicola School of Art 
PO Box 86, Apalachicola, FL 32320
For Information, call 1-855-APALACH (272-5224)

Reserve your space now with Paypal!

Questions for instructors, contact: 
Greg LaRock, inquire@greglarock.com
Ken DeWaard, dewaard@mwt.net

Sponsored by Forgotten Coast en Plein Air, Forgotten Coast Cultural Coaliion


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