Working on location in the awe-inspiring spiritual retreat of St. Francis of Assisi, the Hermitage, workshop participants will engage in the artistic pursuit that defines renaissance art—the exploration of the natural world—with an emphasis on the portrait and figure. We will compose the figure into the landscape and the 12th century architecture as we observe and pay tribute to the greatness of nature and the extraordinary structures of Assisi. The goal is to help students attain a simply expressed harmonious construction through the intense color analysis intrinsic to working in pastel. The workshop will meet in the morning. Attendees will have the afternoons to explore Assisi on their own and draw and paint corners of the city that capture their imagination.
Ellen Eagle's portraits and figures are cited for their uncommon sensitivity and depth, both in physical texture and emotional insight. She joined Forum Gallery by invitation in 2002. She has had four solo exhibits and has shown in such venues as The National Academy Museum, The Butler Institute of American Art, Frye Art Museum, Arkansas Art Center, Albright Knox Gallery, New Jersey State Museum. In 2011-12, Ellen was invited to exhibit twenty pastel paintings in a two-person exhibit in China. The curator’s intent was to introduce pastel to the Chinese arts community. Ellen’s paintings and writings have been published widely, and she is the recipient of many awards and grants. Her book Pastel Painting Atelier is being carried by The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, and the National Gallery of Art. Ellen teaches the only class devoted exclusively to pastel at the Art Students League of New York.