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These zoom lessons are free to students who have been attending¬†classes¬†with me any time in the past year. Many of your accounts have balances¬†for future classes, and those will remain until we get back to regular classes. ¬†I have a few uncashed checks, and will hang onto them until I feel right about cashing them. I know this is a hard time for everyone, and I can afford to do this for free until my cash runs out. I’ll be happy to take PayPal contributions¬†once we get rolling.

If you want to join the classes, please fill out this SURVEY. So far I’ve had 7 responses.¬† I will be sending an email to all of the people who answered the survey with the link to the Zoom meeting. Make sure your¬†device is ready to go with the zoom app installed and audio and video enabled. Make a set up so you can watch and work at the same time.

Zoom classes will happen next TUESDAY and WEDNESDAY, 4:00-4:40, and students are encouraged to attend both classes since they’re only 40 minutes. Free Zoom meetings can only be 40 minutes. Although I’ve attended a few zoom meetings, this is my first time hosting, so we’ll be learning as we go. If we like it, I’ll add Thursday, too.

According to the survey, it looks like everyone prefers pastels and has pastels, so we’ll use them for our lessons. We can also take a look at the self-portraits and talk about the next steps. If anyone wants their self portraits to finish at home, I can put them out on the porch.

Materials list for pastel class:

  • Sketch book and pencil for value study
  • Canson Mi Tientes paper or some other textured tinted drawing paper. If all you’ve got is white, that’s okay too.
  • Backing board and masking tape – you can use a piece of cardboard or foam core to tape the paper to.
  • Soft pastels with hopefully some dark darks. ¬†Dick Blick has a cheap student set here:¬†https://www.dickblick.com/items/20016-0489/ ¬†And if you’re willing to spend a little more, Jack Richeson pastels are a good value.¬†https://www.dickblick.com/items/20016-0489/
  • Gum eraser
  • Vine charcoal

I have 4 or 5 sets of student pastels I can lend out, and could make a few kits with the eraser, vine charcoal, backing board, and a few pieces of Canson paper, maybe a few darks too. If you want to get a kit, I can leave on my front porch for you to pick up. You’d just need to let me know when you’d be stopping by.

Hope to see you at our first Zoom Down & Dirty art lesson on Tuesday, March 30 at 4:00.


I will finish this painting!

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