Unique Landscapes in Pastels
Beginning, Intermediate & Advanced
July 21, 22, & 23, 2017 (Friday, Sat. & Sun.), 3 Sessions
10:15 am-5:15 pm both days
Instructor: Stan Sperlak
Class Fee $350.00 non-Members
$315.00 BRMAA Members
Stan Sperlak will conduct a mixed indoor/outdoor landscape workshop in pastels that will cover various methods of painting that focus on creating believable works through mature use of light, form and color. The students will see demos, slideshows and use props within the class. The highlights of the class include effects of light on forms, designing better contrasts, layering, strengthening how colors can be employed to new effects and solving the riddle for developing better understanding of values. In this Master Artist class, you will also be experimenting with techniques in water and alcohol, working with gesso and pumice, under-painting and developing new calligraphy. The student will not only take home a painting, but will have a wealth of knowledge in the art of pastels! A supply list will be provided upon registering for this class.
REGISTER FOR CLASS BELOW
Call (706) 632-2144 for questions regarding this course and registration. Payment is required to register for BRMAA courses. You may pay via PayPal above, over the phone, or visit The Art Center located at 420 West Main Street, Blue Ridge, GA 30513 to pay in person. The Programming Coordinator is in the office from 10 am - 6pm on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Sunday
ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR
Stan Sperlak’s paintings are colorful personal journeys through beautiful South Jersey, Delaware and Maryland. His intensely pigmented work is the result of handmade soft pastels on rough and smooth papers and boards that he prepares. Many of the passages are accomplished with a very light blending by hand, while some of the heavier tones are built through layers of pastel that are sometimes liquefied and “fixed” with water, alcohol and turpentine applied with brushes, razors, spoons and rags..
Sperlak has favored pastel as his medium because of the primal nature of using one’s hands, the sensual experience of touch, and the serendipitous marks that are caused by the unusual shapes of the sticks. Over the years, Stan has most often worked on smaller pieces “plein air” or on location from life, but now has begun to experiment with very large works from these studies in the studio. The evolution in the studio is also allowing the artist to challenge color perception and put emotion on notice.
While working outdoors makes one choose ways to resolve compositions and values rather quickly, the gained experience also compels the artist to work with an abandon and vigor in the studio which will inspire and keep those feelings pure.
He is a signature member of the Pastel Society of America, the Mid Atlantic Plein Air Painters, the Maryland Pastel Society, Riverfront Renaissance Center for the Arts in Millville, NJ and the Cape May County Art League. Stan studied part time at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts with Al Gury, Patrick Arnold and Jill Rupinski. He is also a proud student of Patricia Vanaman Witt.
He is currently represented by SOMA Gallery in Cape May, NJ, William Ris Gallery in Stone Harbor, NJ, Main Line Art in Philadelphia PA, Hardcastle Gallery in Wilmington, DE, Main Street Gallery in Annapolis, MD, Laura Craig Galleries, Scranton PA and Bishop’s Stock Gallery in Snow Hill, Md, His works are also in the permanent collection of the Noyes Museum in Oceanville, NJ
Contact the artist at StanSperlak@comcast.net.