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Deborah Quinn Munson – The Importance of Composition

October 12, 2017 @ 9:00 am - October 14, 2017 @ 4:00 pm

Deborah Quinn-Munson Three-Day Pastel Workshop

“The Importance of Composition – The 80/20 Concept”


LOCATION: Southington Community Cultural Arts Center
93 Main Street, Southington, CT 06489

DATES:  Thursday, October 12, to Saturday, October 14th.  9 – 4 PM

Workshop Description:

Students will focus on composition as it applies to creating dynamic paintings but attention will also be paid to color concepts. Several stress-free exercises will be suggested to illustrate these concepts. Deborah’s approach to design and composition centers on the study of the 80%-20% relationship of large shapes to small, light value to dark and warm color to cool in dynamic pastel paintings. Watercolor will be used for under painting during demonstrations. For students, this is optional; they may concentrate on studies or create more finished paintings. Individual attention will be given to each student.

About the Artist:
Quinn-Munson is in the Masters Circle of the International Association of Pastel Societies, a Signature Member of the Pastel Society of America, an Artist Member of the Copley Society of Art and the Salmagundi Club. After attending De Cordova Museum School, she earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts at the University of New Hampshire, a Master of Arts and Liberal Studies at Wesleyan University, and attended Lyme Academy of Art. Her work has been published in The Artist’s Magazine and The Pastel Journal, highlighting her work in both oil and pastel. Private and Corporate collections include Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale New Haven, Campbell’s Soup Company, Pfizer Pharmaceuticals, Lankenau Medical Center and Emerson Resort and Spa.

Artist Statement:
“I make art because it allows me to be most nearly myself. It is the foundation upon which I share how I see the world around me. My studio, with its smell of paint, familiar clutter, and the invitation to begin anew, is the door that opens into my creativity.”

Workshop Schedule:
Three-Day workshop, October 12, 13 and 14, 2017, 9-4

Day 1: Thursday, October 12
9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Presentation of the 80%-20% concept including a demonstration by Deborah Quinn-Munson. Emphasis this morning will be on arrangement of shapes
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Set up, design exercises and thumbnail sketches outdoors, weather permitting or indoors from reference photos
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Lunch break
1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Students will continue work on their paintings or on suggested exercises

Day 2, Friday, October 13
9:00 AM – 10 AM
Deborah will review information, answer questions and continue the demonstration with emphasis on value and color
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Students will complete an exercise and continue painting
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Lunch break
1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Students will continue painting

Day 3, Saturday, October 14
9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Discussion will continue, Deborah will finish the demonstration. (Pop-up demos will take place as needed)
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Students continue work
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Lunch break
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Students continue work and begin to clean up supplies
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Group critique to review concepts of design
Materials List:

Soft Pastels: A large set of soft pastels. Suggestions: Terry Ludwig, Unison, Great American Artworks, Girault, Sennelier and Schmincke. Cretacolor and Caran D’Ache are good hard pastels, often used on the first layer of the painting.

Papers: Sanded paper (2 or 3 per day) of your choice for studies, sizes from 8×10 to 12×18 are suggested. Suggestions for finished paintings (2 or 3): Multimedia Pastel Panels, UArt 400 or 320 grit (mounted for under-painting techniques), Ampersand Pastelbord (white). If you do not wish to do an under-painting, bring your favorite paper(s), any color. Bring 2 or 3

Under-painting: If you wish to do an underpainting you will need a basic set of watercolor paints, palette, container for water, large, inexpensive brushes.

Support: A waterproof support such as Gator Board works well, larger than the paper size. Tracing paper or glassine is suggested to protect the surface of your paintings in transport.

Miscellaneous: Masking tape to attach paper, soft pencils (2B or softer) or markers, kneaded eraser, paper towels, Sketchbook and/or notebook, latex gloves or hand protectant.

Reference Photos: You may work from your own reference photos or images on an iPad, etc. I suggest a variety of landscape images.


Registration: Registration will begin in February 2017. An email invitation will be send to all CPS members. To register, go to the CPS website at joeb63.sg-host.com under the Education tab, under CPS Workshops. Payment can be made by Paypal on our website or by personal check, payable to CT Pastel Society and mailed to our Treasurer.

This website is limited to a maximum of 18 students. A wait list will be maintained in the event the workshop is full.

A student list will be sent out prior to the workshop with more details and directions to the venue. Please contact Debbie Temple at 860 559 4071 or dtemple860@aol.com for questions or more information.

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.

Tuition: $250.00 for current CPS members, $275.00 for non-members

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.

To register, contact Debbie Temple at dtemple860@aol.com

Thank you,



October 12, 2017 @ 9:00 am
October 14, 2017 @ 4:00 pm
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Southington Community Cultural Arts
93 Main St
Southington, CT 06489 United States
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