Update: This course is now full.
Discover the beauty of working with the brilliant colours of dry pastels with signature artist Clarence Porter (PAC, MPAC, PSA). In this full-day beginner’s workshop you will be introduced to the basic techniques and processes for producing a successful pastel. You will also learn elements of colour theory, composition and design, as well as sub-straights, paper surfaces, and the various kinds of pastels. Students will have fun and leave with their own piece!
Simple Materials List provided upon registration. Bring a bagged lunch and refreshments.
Instructor Clarence Porter has been working with pastels for over 10 years. He received his Master Pastel Artist of Canada (MPAC) signature designation from Pastel Artists Canada in 2014.
Saturday, March 25
$80 + HST
To register, call the Centre at 905 713-1818.
Clarence A. Porter, PAC, MPAC, PSA
Artist Statement and Biography
I call my art “playing” and my creations are my toy box full of colour for the viewer’s enjoyment. My belief is that art in general and my art in particular must be both objective and subjective: objective in its original intent and execution and subjective in its interaction with the viewer. I try not to get in the way of my art, allowing any subtext to be discerned by the viewer. When I see something that holds my attention, it tends to be the totality of that context that gives it meaning. Hits of turquoise and squiggles of pink run across my work. In my art, colours, shapes and patterns all occupy the same importance. I let the contrast of light and shadow separate them out. My hope is that my art gives the viewer pause to reflect on a moment in time that I cherished, frozen in pigments.
While my focus now is painting with pastels and oils as well as teaching, I’ve actually been an artist all my life. I began my career as an agency art director and then spent many years in Toronto as a commercial illustrator working in a broad range of media. After relocating to Hamilton, I started working with pastels for my own pleasure. In 2006 I was juried into a Purely Pastels show at the Art Gallery of Hamilton where I won an Honorable Mention. That was the spark I needed and I haven’t looked back. I received my Master Pastel Artist of Canada (MPAC) signature designation from Pastel Artists Canada in 2014.
I gain additional inspiration by teaching art as a part-time instructor in the Visual and Creative Arts D