Our goal in this workshop through portrait, still life, and landscape is to observe form, color, and value relationships with a clear eye distilling this complex information into a fully expressed, harmonious construction. We will engage in the intense color analysis intrinsic to working in pastel. Ellen’s medium is pastel but students who possess a mastery of oil and other mediums who want help with color perception and other perceptual elements are very welcome. The workshop meets three hours a day in the studio where we will work from a live model and still life. Assignments will consist of you venturing out of the studio on your own to utilize the glorious views of Assisi and the surrounding Umbrian landscape to further explore form, color, and light. Your work will be reviewed and discussed throughout our sessions.
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, NY, 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, and gives workshops throughout the United States and abroad. She was recently named a Master Pastelist by the Pastel Society of America and awarded the Gold Medal in the 2019 Pastel Society of America’s Annual Enduring Brilliance! Exhibition.