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"Painting with Pastels" (July 2024) with Robert Wortmann

with Robert Wortmann


MONDAYS (1 to 4pm)
July 8, 15, 22, 2024

Art League Academy

(106 Cordillo Pkwy, Hilton Head Island, SC)


Join instructor Robert Wortmann for this 3-week pastel course designed for those who want to learn about the pastel medium! In this course, students will first explore the variety of soft pastels and the surfaces that can be used to create paintings. These exercises will be used to get students to quickly familiarize themselves with the medium. Then Robert will show and encourage students to experiment with techniques that we can use to create the results we desire. After these steps, students will create their own original works with the help and guidance of the instructor.

Have you taken pastel with Robert before but want to continue on? Robert has developed additional lessons and exercises for returning students.

This class is appropriate for beginner and intermediate level pastel students. The instructor will adjust lessons according to each students skill level.

Ticket purchases to Art League of Hilton Head events are final. Refunds will not be given for missed or classes/workshops.

If a class or workshop is canceled by Art League of Hilton Head a full refund will be given.

Materials Included: No materials are included in this class. A list of materials will be provided below:
Requirements: SUPPLY LIST:

Students Who Wish To Use Supplies

For new pastelists who do not own supplies and would rather experiment with the medium before making the investment into purchasing your own, the instructor will provide you with the materials you need for this course for a $20.00 cash supply fee (due on day 1).


An Apron
(Available for purchase at Art League Academy for $25)

A Sketch pad for notes and preliminary drawings

Photos to use as references for your paintings

Students Who Wish To Bring Their Own Supplies

An Apron
(Available for purchase at Art League Academy for $25)

A Sketch pad for notes and preliminary drawings

Nitrile Exam Gloves

Paper Towels

Blue Painters Tape

Support to tape pastel paper to (foam board or canvas panel) that is larger than your paper

PASTEL PAPER: Canson Mi-Teintes paper or Canson Mi-Teintes Touch are my favorites but there are many others. All work well. Size 8.5 x 11 inches, or size you prefer.

SOFT PASTELS **NOT OIL PASTELS** You can never have enough pastels, so you should get as many as you can afford. But, if you are just beginning, I would start with Prismacolor Nupastels and then add half sticks of Unison, Sennlier, Terry Ludwig or Jack Richeson. Again, there are many brands and they will all work.

Photos to use as references for your paintings

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Instructor: Robert Wortmann
Instructor Bio:
When ROBERT WORTMANN was in the third grade, a tempura painting of his was selected to represent his school in a student exhibition at the Nelson Atkins Gallery of Art in Kansas City.

Art was always his favorite subject in school. But he stopped taking art classes once he got to high school. After all, if you wanted to attend a competitive college, you had to take more practical courses, such as Latin.

After graduating from Carleton College he attended the University of Kansas School of Medicine. During his career he was a rheumatologist and worked at six medical schools.

About 30 years ago he began painting again, working with oils. But about twenty years ago he discovered pastels and has not looked back. His work explores nature using color to provide a pleasing emotional response form the viewer.

Over the last few years Robert's work has received numerous awards. His paintings can be viewed at the Art League of Hilton Head Gallery and exhibitions of the Hilton Head Plantation Artists Association.

Robert is a member of the Saxton River Art Guild, the Pastel Society of New Hampshire and the Pastel Society of South Carolina.
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Included Materials



This class cannot be purchased online. Please contact the store for more information.