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IN-PERSON "Using Abstract Thinking to Create Illustrative Paintings" with Aline Ordman

with Instructor Aline Ordman
Tuesday to Thursday
(9am to 4pm)
August 23, 24, 25, 2022
WHERE: Art League Academy
(Located south-island at 106 Cordillo Parkway)


Painting is learning to see.  Often, we paint what we think we see because we all have preconceived notions of what something looks like.  However, to really paint what you see, you must break down everything you are looking at into just abstract shapes.  Don’t see a “house”, see a series of interlocking shapes.

Aline is known for her vivid paintings and creative use of color.  Working from their own photo references, students will transform these into pastel or oil paintings using the principles of color and design.  Along with daily painting demonstrations, Aline will emphasize the understanding of color in terms of temperature, intensity, and value while translating those ideas using pastel or oil techniques.  We don’t have to paint green grass just because that’s what is in a picture. 
Experimenting with exciting different colors while maintaining the value and intensity will serve as a great exercise in helping students expand their color sensitivity.  Ten stroke exercises are fun to develop confidence in both decision-making and interesting strokes.  Let’s say goodbye to overworked tight pastels and oils and learn to create loose, bold but still illustrative paintings.  Aline gives a lot of personal attention and works to develop the individual style of each student.


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Skill Level: Intermediate
Skill Details: This class is a great choice for intermediate and advanced-level oil and/or pastel painters.
Materials Included: No materials are included in this class

I use Water Missible oils but traditional oils are fine if you use them. Please use odor free solvents with them like Gamblin.

Holbein Duo Water Missable Oil Paints are great as are Cobra.
I have discovered Lucas Water Soluble oils as well and they are less expensive but not nearly the same quality.
*Windsor Newton Artisan are not good at all.

My Palette:Keep in mind that if you have a palette you like, you don't need to use my colors but make sure you have warm and cool colors and light and dark values.

1. Alizarin Crimson
2. Rose Madder
3. Ultramarine Blue
4. Cerulean or Verditer Blue or King Blue (Cobra)
5. Sap Green
6. Burnt or Raw Umber
7. Cadmium Red Hue (the hues are much cheaper)
8. Cadmium Yellow Deep Hue (which is orange)
9. Cadmium Yellow Hue
10. Cadmium Yellow Light Hue
11. Yellow Ochre
12. Jaune Brilliant
13. White

Optional Colors I love:
1. Lavender
2. Lilac
3. Horizon Blue
4. Coral
*I think Coral, Lavender, and Lilac are easy to mix, Horizon Blue is tougher.

-One Acrylic color to tone canvases. I like Raw Sienna or Venetian Rd but it's your choice.

If your brushes seem okay, use them.
*I use Rosemary Ivory brushes and I like the long filberts, size 0, size 4 or 6 and size 8 or 10, one dagger brush 34' should do it. You can order them on line at their site


Most supplies can be purchased on line for reasonable prices. The larger sheets of paper can be cut into smaller sizes and I suggest working small at least in the beginning. Suggested sites: Art Supply Warehouse, Jerry's Artorama, Cheap Joe's, Dick Blick and Dakota Pastels

VINE CHARCOAL....just a few pieces
Newsprint, Canson or some toned paper for some other inexpensive drawing paper for quick poses or sketches


The best papers are the sanded ones. Sennelier has a nice smooth tooth but if any water gets on it acts like acid; Colorfix Art Spectrum is rougher but I love it. UArt is very popular though I don't tend to use it. Pastel Premier is also nice and a lot like Colorfix. The Canson paper is not great, especially for building color but it is less expensive.

-Art Spectrum Colorfix Paper (my preferred paper)
-Any colors but white or very light. I prefer Terra Cotta, Raw Sienna, Aubergine, and other darks, you can get sample packs.
-U-Art ... I'd get a pretty fine tooth. There are different grades of tooth.
-Sennelier La Carte Sanded Pastel Card (keep in mind it cannot Accept any moisture)
Suggested colors: blue/gray, sienna, no white or pink

Pastels vary a lot in softness and expense. If you are just starting out, then there are half stick sets available and a good way to get more colors for less money. The best ones are by Unison, and are available at Dakota Pastels (google it) but if you want to get full sets, you may find the other sources cheap-er.

A selection of some hard and soft is best. For hard and cheap pastels, Nu Pastels are good. A large set isn't too expensive and is a good addition to any set.

-Terry them! Very favorites!
-Art Spectrum now makes square pastels too which are a little larger than Terry Ludwig and also very soft
-Great American Artworks love them too & very similar to Terry Ludwig
-Unison...a great solution especially if you only get one kind.
-Schminke creamy but am preferring the Terry Ludwigs
-Ones I would avoid are Rembrandt and Windsor Newton.
-There are many others, but these are the best for me.

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Instructor: Aline Ordman
Instructor Bio:
ALINE ORDMANreceived her BFA at Cornell University, and continued her training at the Academy of Art College in San Francisco, earning a degree in Illustration.

"My goal as an artist is to find those times and places where beauty is not only evident but startling and suddenly present."

Aline is a Master Pastelist with the Pastel Society of America, a Signature Member of the American Impressionist Society, a signature member of the Oil Painters of America, and a Master Circle Pastelist with the International Association of Pastel Societies (IAPS). She has juried the Pastel Society of America's National Juried show; The Pastel Journal's Top 100 Animal and Wildlife Competition, the Pastel Society of New Mexico's Annual Juried Show, and the Adirondack Plein Air Festival Awards.

She was featured in an article in the February issue of the Pastel Journal and she has been honored with awards at the 33rd and 34thand 38th Annual Juried Shows of the Pastel Society of America in New York City. Aline has won awards several times in the Top 100 Pastels issues of the Pastel Journal. Her work has been accepted in national juried shows of the American Impressionist Society, The Pastel Society of America, and the Oil Painters of America. Aline teaches workshops throughout the country and in Europe. She is represented by Camden Falls Gallery in Camden, Maine; Blue Heron Gallery in Wellfleet, MA; Brickhouse Gallery, VT; Little Gallery in Mackinac, MI .

Her website is and she maintains a blog at
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