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Alain J. Picard – The Painterly Portrait

June 15, 2017 - June 16, 2017

“The Painterly Portrait”
Alain J. Picard 2 Day Workshop


June 15 – 16, 2017 9AM to 4PM

Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts
84 Lyme Street
Old Lyme, CT 06371

In this workshop, we will work from the live model, learning how to light, pose, and paint our subject using pastel to create lifelike painterly portraits.
Alain will begin each day with a full demonstration of the painterly approach to pastel using the live model. These demonstrations will cover explanations of pastel portrait techniques for creating an accurate likeness, establishing clear and simple values, evaluating warm and cool color relationships and selecting skin tones, developing a painterly style, and harnessing the power of strong design. We’ll also cover the successful posing and lighting of the subject. Each of Alain’s portrait demonstrations will cover a unique model and skin color so that students can observe how skin color decisions are made with different subjects. Students will then work each day from the live model, creating their own sketches and painterly portraits.

About the Artist:
Alain Picard earned a BA in illustration from Western Connecticut State University and went on to study at the Art Students League of New York. Picard cites Sargent, Degas, and Sorolla among his artistic influences. A love of light and beauty are immediately apparent in his pastel and oil paintings. Alain’s work has been featured in such publications as The Artist’s Magazine and The Pastel Journal. He’s garnered top awards throughout the Northeast in esteemed exhibitions, including the Portrait Society of America, the Hudson Valley Art Association, the Connecticut Society of Portrait Artists, the Connecticut Pastel Society and the Pastel Society of America. Alain is a Signature Member of the Pastel Society of America as well as the Connecticut Pastel Society where he served as President from 2012 to 2014. In 2004, The Artist’s Magazine highlighted Alain as one of 20 contemporary artists “On the Rise.” He later won the Best Portfolio Award at the 2009 Portrait Society of America Conference in Washington, DC. A frequent workshop instructor and demonstrator for art associations, schools, universities and museums, he recently demonstrated at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the National Arts Club in New York City. In an effort to share his passion for art with others, Alain recently published three books, Pastel Basics, Mastering Pastel, and Beginning Drawing and stars in a growing collection of instructional art videos. Alain lives with his wife and two sons in Southbury, CT.


Workshop Schedule:
Two-Day Workshop

Day 1: Thursday, June 15
9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Introduction and demonstration from a live model by Alain Picard
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Easel assignments, setup and thumbnail sketches from the model
12:00 – 1:00 PM
Lunch break
1:00 – 4:00 PM
Students work from the live model, with individual instruction at the easel by Alain Picard

Day 2: Friday, June 16
9:00 AM- 11AM
Portrait demonstration from life using different model and skin color
11AM – 12:00 PM
Easel assignments, setup and thumbnail sketches from a different model
12:00 – 1:00 PM
Lunch break
1:00 – 3:30 PM
Students work from the live model, with individual instruction at the easel by Alain Picard
3:30 – 4:30 PM
Constructive group critique to end the workshop

This Workshop is limited to 18 students.

$290.00 for CPS Members
$315.00 for Non-CPS Members
Tuition includes workshop, catered Continental breakfast and box lunches and a ticket to the Artists Lecture by Alain J. Picard on June 15th, 2017 at 7:00PM.

TO REGISTER, contact Debbie Temple, CPS Workshop Coordinator, immediately by email: dtemple860@aol.com or by phone: 860 559 4071

Demo Paintings:
Unframed demonstration paintings for sale to workshop participants during the workshop. Estimated price for a two-hour demo painting: $400.00.

Options for nearby accommodations include chain hotels, bed and breakfast and on site campus housing.

Materials List:
Soft Pastels – Bring a large variety of colors. A 60 piece set is appropriate.
Terry Ludwig, Great American, Schminke, Unison, Sennelier, Girault
Hard Pastels– A small selection of 12-24. Cretacolor, Faber-Castell, NuPastel (for
portraits bring ochres, browns, warm flesh tones and white)
Single edge razor blade for sharpening hard pastels to a point
Extra Soft Vine or Willow charcoal for preliminary sketching
Vine Charcoal:
Sandpaper sharpening block
Pastel paper – Bring an assortment, three sheets or more. White or toned in earth or
grey tones. Sizes: 9 x 12”, 12 x 18″, 16 x20″, 18×24″
For wet or dry application: UART, Art Spectrum Velour and Colourfix,
Pastelmat, Sabretooth, Canson Touch.
For dry application only: Canson Mi Teintes, La Carte Pastel Card) *
Backing board– slightly larger then paper size (foam board, gatorboard, chipboard,
drawing board).
Sanded pastel paper scraps for color studies. Bring few, small 3×5” or 4×6”
Pastel Travel Box – Optional but Recommended for palette arrangement and travel.
Heilman Box
Dakota Traveler
Small Sketchpad for thumbnail sketching
Soft pencil (2B-6B or Ebony) and kneaded erasers
Ebony Pencil

LACFA offers a professional fully lighted studio space with easels, benches and tables, restrooms, dining facilities and on site security if you prefer to keep your pastels in the studio over night.

To become a member of Connecticut Pastel Society, go to ctpastelsociety.org for an online Membership application form and payment system. Members dues are 35.00 annually.

CPS Workshop Payment and Refund Policy for all Workshops
1. For all workshops, full payment is required at the time of registration to reserve your place in the workshop. If a workshop is full, there will be a wait list based upon first come, first served.
2. If you cancel your reservation for a workshop 30 days or more prior to a workshop, we will refund the full workshop tuition.
3. If you cancel your reservation 29 days or fewer prior to the workshop, there is no refund unless we are able to fill the slot from the wait list. If this happens, your fee will be returned minus a $50.00 handling charge.
4. Cancellation notice to CPS is by email to dtemple860@aol.com or call or text to Debbie Temple at 860 559 4071.
5. There are no exceptions to this policy.


June 15, 2017
June 16, 2017
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Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts
84 Lyme Street
Old Lyme, CT 06371 United States
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