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Advanced Colored Pencil


Instructor, Rita Paradis
Wednesday, May 25th
10:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Students will work in a small group setting. This class is designed for students who have taken the Beginner/Intermediate workshop and have completed the pear exercise.  Once basic skills are taught students are welcome to join the Advanced Colored Pencil workshop. Students in this workshop will work more independently but still with instruction on their own work. 

The fee for the 2.5- hour workshop is $65. No supplies are included.  Class size is limited to 9 students.

Materials Needed for Class:

~Pad of Paper: Stonehenge white (recommended)  or  Strathmore Bristol, Vellum finish

~Tracing paper: Tracing Vellum (recommended) regular tracing paper is also fine.

~Light Gray Prismacolor "Col-Erase" pencil

~Standard graphite pencil

~Museum Putty

~Printed photo of what you will be working on

Materials That Are "Nice to Have" (but not necessary for class)

~Battery Eraser

~Eraser shield

~Click eraser (available in different sizes)

~Paper stump and sandpaper block for cleaning stumps


~Gelly Roll white pen (or similar)

COVID POLICY - Only fully vaccinated students will be permitted to attend classes. Physical proof of vaccination will be requested on the first day of class.(One time only) Don’t forget to bring your vaccination card. Masks are optional.

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Rita Paradis is a versatile artist, working in four mediums: oil, colored pencil, pastel, and acrylic. Her work is joyful, colorful, whimsical and fun. She studied English Literature at Concordia University in Montreal Quebec and graduated Summa Cum Laude with a BA. Rita then went on to study Printmaking at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst and graduated with a BFA. The summer after she graduated she spent an awesome summer in Florence, Italy as a teaching assistant in printmaking at the Studio Arts Center International in Florence. Rita has been creating paintings for several years. She is a signature member of The Colored Pencil Society of America and of the Connecticut Pastel Society. She has won many awards on local and national levels and two awards in CPSA’s International Exhibitions.

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