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Workshop - Release Your Inner Artist - Pastel Painting Cozy Interiors & Still Life

  • Saturday, February 27, 2021
  • Saturday, March 27, 2021
  • 4 sessions
  • Saturday, February 27, 2021, 10:00 AM 12:00 PM (EST)
  • Saturday, March 13, 2021, 10:00 AM 12:00 PM (EST)
  • Saturday, March 20, 2021, 10:00 AM 12:00 PM (EDT)
  • Saturday, March 27, 2021, 9:00 AM 11:00 AM (EDT)
  • Online Virtual Workshop. Details will be emailed.
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  • Membership must be current during class dates

Release Your Inner Artist - Pastel Painting Cozy Interiors & Still Life 

Instructor: Janet Schwartz

Program Description: 

This 4-week online class will bring it indoors for those frigid days when you feel inspired.  In this unique and fun program,  we will focus on painting still life and interiors using the principles of value and composition.  The class will include instructor demonstrations, interaction, and individual critiques.

Janet Schwartz designed the Release Your Inner Artist programs as a practical strategy for beginners getting started on painting and experienced painters interested in taking a fresh approach.  Each class reviews art elements previously discussed and introduces new concepts with demonstrations and plenty of hands-on time to apply what is learned. The classes are energetic, highly interactive and individualized to student needs. Most students are inspired to continue painting long after the program ends.

Students will meet from 10 am -12 noon on Saturday mornings for 4 weeks, February 27 - March 20, using the online platform, Zoom.  

Please download and import the following iCalendar (.ics) files to your calendar system.

Weekly: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/tZArce-trDgvE9AJJG4LmFqUgSbMKAATQoX2/ics?icsToken=98tyKuGsqD0sH9aWtRCDRpwIBI_oM-_zpnZYj_p8tjXCVwxeRBLDMdFAH5leMezh

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 846 6652 3594
Passcode: pastels

Class Dates:

  • Saturday February 27, 2021 - 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
  • Saturday March 6, 2021 - 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM (Cancelled)
  • Saturday March 13, 2021 - 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
  • Saturday March 20, 2021 - 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
  • Saturday March 27, 2021 - 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Class Fee:

Payment must be made online at time of registration

  • $135 for Salem Arts Members
  • $175 for Non Members

Important Details:

  • Beginner to intermediate level.
  • Online class capacity: up to 8 students
    • If the class is full sign up for the wait list. 
  • Students will need a computer or iPad equipped with a camera to access the zoom application. 
  • Art Supplies must be purchased by the student prior to the class starting. 

Materials List 

You will need to provide your own class materials

  • Small Sketchbook
  • Compressed /vine charcoal or graphite for preliminary sketches (or a pencil works, if need be)
  • Kneaded eraser
  • Pastel set – Soft or hard pastels.  DO NOT PURCHASE OIL PASTELS.  Student-level sets okay – should contain variety of darks & lights   Richeson, Nupastel, Rembrandt, Faber Castell sets are good. 
  • Sanded paper (UArt, 400 grit, 9x12”, natural not dark).  A pad of 10 or single sheets Uart  We will use 1 sheet for each lesson. 
  • Drawing board, foam core board, or any rigid surface to go under the sanded paper - larger than 9 x 12
  • 1” tape (blue painters tape best) to attach paper to the board
  • 1” brush (inexpensive) for underpainting
  • Optional: Single sticks of dark pastels since many sets dont contain darks: Nupastel blue violet (244) bottle green (298), spruce blue (305)

Materials Found at Home 

  • Rubbing alcohol, if available (water if not)
  • Small container (yogurt containers work great) for alcohol
  • Paper towels
  • Salem Arts Members receive a 10% discount at "Salem Art Supply" and "Artists and Craftsman" stores. 

About Janet Schwartz

Trained as an art teacher, Janet is a life-long educator who divides her time teaching art, creating and exhibiting her work throughout New England and beyond as well as working in corporate training.  Her workshops focus on the importance of value and composition in painting.  Working primarily in pastels, Janet is drawn to bold images, dramatic light, contrast, and deep perspective.  She is particularly inspired by urban landscapes, traffic and coastal community images.

As a practicing artist and art workshop instructor, Janet uses pastels, oils, and charcoal to explore the variation of light in nature and architecture. She is particularly drawn to the chaos and unexpected beauty of urban landscapes, traffic and, more recently, ships and the shoreline. Janet brings a very personal and unique viewpoint to her work, which dramatically captures the mood of her emotionally-charged subjects.​

Janet has a B.A in Art Education, is a Signature member PSA, IAPs - Master Circle, Signature Member PPSCC




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