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Cumming Arts Center
111 Pilgrim Mill Rd, Cumming, GA 30040, Cumming, GA, 30041

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Class Description

Instructor Bio:  Nancy Nowak
Fee:  $225.00

Class Schedule:  This is a two day class, October 6 and 7 from 9 AM to 4 PM.

Learn many of the tips and techniques of composing and designing your painting on location. Working with shapes, values, edges, and color, Nancy will help guide you to edit, simplify, and interpret the scene to tell a story and create that emotional response in the viewer that all artists seek. By working quickly and efficiently, learn how not to get bogged down by detail and stay loose. If you are new to plein air painting or want to take your skills to the next level, this class is geared towards you.  Nancy’s demos will include discussion on materials, composition, value studies. color temperatures and color harmony, importance of simplifying, massing, underpainting, and discussion on what makes a successful painting


Level:  All

Material List

Supply List for Pastel Painters:

  1. Packing light -Plein Air Essentials

No one wants to lug heavy supplies around while out in the field.  After you done it once, you learn, never again! So think, less is more.

I use a back pack on wheels. Best place to look is online. Look for something sturdy and strong and roomy enough for pastel box and added supplies In the past, I also used a plastic rolling cart (that folds up) from Office Depot, which also works well and is inexpensive.


  1. Pastel box:

I use a Heilman Pastel Box. It’s an investment, but well worth it if you plan to continue with pastels.

Heilman also has accessories which are great for plein air. An easel attachment that attaches right into the pastel box. Other pastel boxes: Edgmon Pastel box.


Dakota has a pastel box as well:




You can use anything, really. A plastic container or a cigar box. Pastels need to be broken and sorted into colors and values. This makes it easier to find just the color and value needed, quickly.


  1. Easel:

There are several easels to choose from. Having a tripod with attachment along with your Heilman box, works well. French easels (half or full) works great. Be careful it might get to heavy but it has a drawer, perfect for holding your pastel box.

Soltek easels is fantastic, but expensive.  The hard part is that an inexpensive easel does not have a way to hold your pastel box. And that’s very important! However, you can also carry a small inexpensive folding table in your rolling cart.

I found the pochade wooden boxes very heavy, so I don’t recommend them.


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