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Thinking in Colour: Pastel Workshop with Clarence Porter

June 10 - June 11

Thinking in Colour: Pastel Workshop

Two-day In-Person Workshop with Clarence Porter

Program Description

If you have been looking for ways to expand your facility with pastels, this workshop will take you out of your comfort zone by challenging the way you think about colour and their value relationships – high key, low key and complementary. In this two-day workshop, participants will work on three unique paintings using a single reference image of choice. Instructor Clarence Porter will guide students through using a limited pastel palette and value range on the first two pieces, expanding to the full range of pastel colours on the final piece for exciting results. This workshop is geared towards intermediate and advanced pastel artists seeking to refine their skills.

Materials: Not included. Please click below for a list of suggested Materials List.

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“My job as an artist is to see and translate my visual and emotional moments into pieces that allow the viewer to see, feel and be in my moments giving the viewer pause to reflect on moments in time that I cherished, frozen in pigments.”

About the Instructor

Clarence worked in the Toronto advertising world as a graphic designer/art director until leaving to become a freelance commercial illustrator. His career has spanned more than 30 years of creating illustrations for everything from packaging and logo designs to children’s books and magazine editorials, while working in a wide range of mediums. After relocating to Hamilton, he started working with pastels for his own pleasure and in 2006 Clarence was juried into the Pastel Artists Canada’s Purely Pastels Exhibition at the Art Gallery of Hamilton where he received an Honorable Mention. That was the impetus needed to continue working with pastels and he hasn’t looked back.

Clarence is represented by Earls Court Gallery in Hamilton and his work has been collected locally and internationally. He received his Master Pastel Artist of Canada (MPAC) signature designation from Pastel Artists Canada in 2014 and was elected a Signature Member of the Pastel Society of America (PSA) in 2016. He is also a member of the Federation of Canadian Artists and the International Association of Pastel Societies. Clarence is an instructor at the Dundas Valley School of Art as well as an occasional instructor at the Aurora Cultural Centre.


June 10
June 11
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10365 Islington Ave
Kleinburg, Ontario L0J1C0 Canada
1(905) 893-1121