Fred Somers Workshop, May 2-5 2017

The Lake Country Pastel Society is honored to sponsor a workshop by LCPS member, Fred Somers. This will be a four-day workshop held at the New Brighton Community Center in New Brighton, MN. The workshop will be held on Tuesday through Friday, May 2-5, 2017. Fred is an IAPA’ Master pastel painter and what a thrill it is for the LCPS to be a part of this event.

4 day Pastel Workshop (studio & plein air)

Awaken the sparks of your creativity with IAPS' Master and Eminent Pastellist, Frederick Somers .

Fred will establish a solid foundation to work with the traditional landscape. In plein air demo he will explore how we see vs. how a camera 'sees.' Introducing his unique uses of materials he will show us some new techniques he has been working with including hints about using gold leaf. Demos and slide shows give tools to enhance each student's artistic identity.

His own work is very expressive, often focusing on close up details with an abstract sensibility. He has a very reassuring manner as well as inspiring and interesting insights on art making. All student painting will be conducted indoors. Some experience in painting is recommended but all levels of experience are welcome. Certificates of Participation are available for educators.
A registration form may be downloaded here.

"Blooming Spring" copyright Fred Somers

Past Workshops

Marc Hanson pastel workshop, September 6-8, 2016

Hanson workshop 1

Hanson workshop 2

Hanson workshop 3

Hanson workshop 4

Hanson workshop 5

Hanson workshop 6

Hanson workshop 7

Hanson workshop 8

Hanson workshop 9

Debora Stewart abstract workshop, April 2016

Stewart workshop 1

Stewart workshop 2

Stewart workshop 3

Stewart workshop 4

Stewart workshop 5

Stewart workshop 6

Stewart workshop 7

Stewart workshop 8

Stewart workshop 9

Stewart workshop 10

Stewart workshop 11

Barbara Jaenicke workshop, July-August 2015

The Lake Country Pastel Society had the good fortune to have Barbara Jaenicke in the Twin Cities for a 3 day workshop, July 31st, Aug. 1st and 2nd. The workshop was held at the Banfill Locke Art Center in Fridley. The workshop was full with 20 participants, 13 were from our membership and the other 7 were from around the cities and as far away as Chicago. It was a very successful experience for everyone. We enjoyed the workshop and Barbara sold all five of her paintings at the end of the last workshop day. She had brought three smaller pastels, and her two beautiful demos were also part of her sales.

She introduced us to her method of seeing 5 large abstract shapes in a landscape. We did a simple drawing of that and used nu-pastels to apply for a very colorful underpainting. We then applied rubbing alcohol and spread this throughout the underpainting with a bristle brush. The application of the soft pastels over this, allowed for the beauty and richness of the color and light to come through from the underpainting. The results were fascinating and we all walked away with great inspiration to continue our process of experimentation. The last day was a good exercise in minimal stroke experience. She had us do 4 studies of apples with only 20 strokes. Then, we moved on to 4 smaller landscape studies with only 75 strokes. It was both challenging and rewarding to take this exercise into practice.

Jaenicke demo 1

Jaenicke demo 2

Jaenicke demo 3

Jaenicke demo 4

Jaenicke demo 5

Richard McKinley workshop, August 2014

McKinley class 1

McKinley class 2

McKinley pastels

McKinley painting 1

McKinley painting 1

McKinley painting 1

McKinley painting 1

McKinley sketch

McKinley painting 2

McKinley painting 2

McKinley painting 2

McKinley painting 2

Lisa Stauffer workshop, February 2014

Stauffer class

Stauffer class 1

Albert Handell workshop, August 2013

Handell class

Handell class 1

Handell class 3

Handell class 4

Handell class 6

Handell class 7