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Although Maggie Price, president of the International Association of Pastel Societies (IAPS), has just flown off to conduct what is sure to be a fabulous 10-day workshop in southern Spain, she was still able to get me the latest scoop from IAPS on the upcoming Biennial Convention in Albuquerque (June 2-5, 2011). She says:

Registration opened on the IAPS website on September 1, and to date, more than 200 people have already registered. While a few of the class sessions with lower limits for number of participants, such as workshops and hands-on classes, have filled, there are many openings in other classes. Demonstrations and other presentations will be offered by 25 presenters. Following is information about three of them:

Doug Dawson
will conduct a workshop in painting a character study, a demonstration on painting the figure and another on painting night scenes. Doug is a member of, and has received awards from, PSA, IAPS, AWS and Knickerbocker Artists. He was a founding board member for the Art Students League of Denver. He has taught for Colorado Institute of Art and Colorado Christian University, and he currently teaches for the Art Students League of Denver. He also conducts painting workshops around the U.S. He’s recognized as a “Master of Pastel” by PSA and is the author of the book Capturing Light and Color with Pastel. Doug is a Member of the IAPS Masters Circle and was the PSA 2008 Hall of Fame Honoree.


Clark Mitchell
will offer a workshop and a demonstration on painting the landscape, featuring techniquest to create vibrant skies, shimmering water and convincing trees. Clark is well known for his pastel landscapes. A teacher for more than 20 years, he conducts both studio and plein air workshops. Clark received Best in Show at the Laguna Beach (CA) Plein Air Festival in 2005, and his work was on the cover and in a feature article of Southwest Art magazine’s February 2009 landscape issue. “In order for my images to succeed, they must not only catch the viewer’s eyes and heart, but also cause the mind to acknowledge what is at stake on our planet,” he says.

Claudia Seymour is teaching a master class titled “the magic of darks” and presenting a demonstation on the beauty of light, both with still life subjects. Claudia is President of the historic Salmagundi Club in New York and a widely collected artist. Her classic still lifes in pastel and oil have been shown in over 150 juried exhibitions and won numerous top awards, including gold and silver medals. Working only from life, Claudia uses the timeless techniques of chiaroscuro to portray objects of elegance and beauty. She has been awarded Master Circle status by IAPS and is a Signature Member of PSA, as well as being a member of numerous other organizations.

For more information about the convention, classes and events, visit the IAPS website at www.pastelinternational.com.


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