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"Creating Dynamic Pastels" with Guest Instructor and 2023 Biennale Judge Aline Ordman


with Guest Instructor
& 2023 Biennale Judge Aline Ordman
Tuesday to Thursday
(9am to 4pm)
May 16, 17, 18, 2023
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.  Individual attention and group critiques will serve to help students in their efforts!

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

Click HERE for a printable PDF of the supplies list.


Most supplies can be purchased online 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 Art-o-rama, Cheap Joe's, Dick Blick and Dakota Pastels

VINE Charcoal

(just a few pieces)

A Drawing Board

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.

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 Ludwig

I love 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

I Love them too & very similar to Terry Ludwig

a great solution especially if you only get one kind.

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 .

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