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Christine Swan 2-Day Portrait Workshop

April 21  -AND-  April 23, 2021

Christine Swan 2-Day Portrait Workshop

Christine Swann

2 Day Portrait Pastel Workshop

APRIL 21, 2021 -AND- FRIDAY, APRIL 23, 2021

Sign up for Day-1 - or - Day-2 - or - Both Days


A 2-day studio portrait pastel workshop with Christine Swann is scheduled for April 21 and April 23, 2021. It will take place online through Zoom. Christine has always been intrigued with people and their stories. Teaching artists how to understand light and the medium of pastel has become a new passion. Southwest Art Magazine picked Christine as an “Artist to Watch” and her portraits have been included in the Pastel Journals’ “Pastel 100” international exhibition eight times in the past 10 years as well as included in the ARC international Salon Competition. Her works have traveled to Italy, France and China. She is also published in the books, “100 Ways to Paint People and Figures”, editions of “Strokes of Genius” and the French book, “40 Masters of Pastel.” She has had many feature articles in the Pastel Journal and in the French magazine, “Pratique des Arts". Christine is a Signature Member of the Pastel Society of America and Master Circle Member of IAPS where she won the “Prix des Pastel” Best of Show the first time she was a member in 2015 and again last year in 2020. She writes a blog each week on art, life and motherhood. You can visit her website at

WEDNESDAY, April 21st – Workshop Day 1

10:00am – 12:00pm - Lunch Break - 1:00pm – 4:00

"Finding Features" and "Understanding Light"

Learn the syste of finding a likeness quickly with the “Thirds of the Head” methodology. NO more remembering the “math” dividing up the head. Then the afternoon will focus on Light. The LAW. The rules. Ever wonder if you have errors in your work from working from photos? Now you will absolutely know…This class will apply to any subject matter, but Christine will be teaching how light acts across the complex topography of the head.

Day 1 Workshop fee: $150. - $300 for both days.

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FRIDAY, April 23rd – Workshop Day 2

10:00am – 12:00pm - Lunch Break - 1:00pm – 4:00

"The Power of Pastel" and "Color and Control"

This class is about understanding the pastel medium. Learn Christine’s philosophy of the “Power of Pastel.” Know when to use which brand. Know which pastels play nice with each other and which do not. This workshop is for the artist that is used to pastel and has many sticks already but needs to understand them better. Christine promises, you will never look at your sticks the same way again. And color? Oh yes, let’s talk…..No specific brands needed, just pencils and wide variety of pastels from different companies, which most pastellists tend to collect!

In addition to the workshop sessions, participants will have access to recordings of the demonstrations given.

Day 2 Workshop fee: $150. - $300 for both days.

This workshop is open to students of all levels, and priority is being given to MPS members in good standing until February 25th, at which time it will open to everyone.

Recordings of the sessions will be posted for use by participants only, for approximately 30 days. Great for participiants who are unable to attend the live Zoom classes or re-watching.


Please email the following information:
• Maryland Pastel Society member – Yes or No

• Which day/s you wish to attend: Day 1 or Day 2 or Both
• Your name
• Your email address
• Your phone number

To: Susan Van Eseltine

Workshop fee will be due approximately 4 weeks prior to the workshop. Payment will be made through PayPal. Christine Swann will send you an email with payment directions. Class size is limited and will be on a first-come, first-served basis. A suggested supply list and other information will be sent by email at a later date. If you have any questions, contact Susan Van Eseltine.