Maryland Pastel Society events


Michael Skalka Presentation and the Value of Value Studies, Jan., 23

Michael Skalka Presentation and the Value of Value Studies Jan 23

Black and White Value Study

The meeting will take place at our usual spot; The Glenwood Community Center, 2400 Route 97 in Cooksville, MD. from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Michael Skalka, Conservation Administrator at the National Gallery of Art, will talk to us about color theory and will also give us an update on the development of a lightfastness standard for pastels. Then we're going to have a mini-workshop on the "Value of Value Studies." We'll show you how and why investing just a few minutes doing small value studies before starting a new painting can really pay off! You'll get some background and a short demo, and then you'll have a chance to play with these value studies at your worktable, to see for yourself how easy they are to do and how they can help you sort through and find the best compositional options.
You'll need to bring a few things with you, all of which you already have:

A small sketchpad (or some paper);

A small ruler or straightedge;

An eraser (if you bring a pencil); and

Either a pencil (4B or softer would be best) or a few neutral (no color) markers, in no more than three values (dark, medium, light).

You can also bring a few photo references with you, if you like, or you can work from photos we'll supply. If you bring your own photos, make sure they're in color and have good value contrast.  

And as always, bring your latest pastel piece and a tasty snack to share: we'll be drawing names for the "food prizes"! That's Saturday, January 23, noon to 4pm, at the Glenwood Community Center in western Howard Co. See you there!