Zen and the Art of Pastel in the Landscape

Workshop Date:August 27 - August 30

When: Monday-Thursday, 9:30-12:30pm

Sessions: 4

Price: $300

Teaching Artist: Rob DuToit

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In this workshop, open to all levels, participants will practice the art of pastel painting working in different nearby locations. In most pastel classes, there is a particular technique that is taught leaving little room for personal discovery. Here we will explore the material itself and the way it interacts with different papers and toned backgrounds. Pastels are a light and free medium and if we allow it, can be a liberating experience. In essence, they are like crayons, allowing us to freely move them over a surface. There will also be emphases on one aspect of color, tonality and form during each session. The workshop is ideal for individuals interested in a relaxed approach to working outdoors, while utilizing the accessible and satisfying medium of chalk pastels – a tradition going back thousands of years. There will be demonstrations each day and examples of how the different masters have used the medium.

Rob Dutoit received a BFA from the University of New Hampshire and his MFA from Parsons The New School of Design where he studied with Paul Resika and Leland Bell. He also studied for extended periods in France and Italy.

An active Cape Cod artist since the 1980s, he has been involved in numerous solo and group shows in Boston, New York, and Provincetown, most recently at Maurice Arlos Gallery, NYC and Gallery Ehva. He is currently represented by Berta Walker Gallery in Provincetown. He is well known for his expressive and atmospheric pastels and oil paintings.  He resides in North Truro with his wife and son, practices Zen meditation, and enjoys gardening and raising chickens and bees.