Maryland Pastel Society artist opportunities

PASTEL INSTRUCTION

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→ SUSAN GLEASON, Columbia MD

Columbia Art Center. Beginner and Intermediate

BEGINNER PASTEL CLASSES Ο

Columbia Art Center, MD

Mondays 10am—Noon

4, 6 and 8 week sessions

INTERMEDIATE PASTEL CLASSES

Columbia Art Center, MD

Tuesdays 10am—Noon

4, 6 and 8 week sessions

Contact Susan at gleasonfineart@icloud.com or call Columbia Art Center 410-730-0075

→ JEAN HIRONS, Rockville MD

Artists and Makers Studios 2

rarr JEAN HIRONS Rockville MD

"Spring in Clarksburg" by Jean Hirons


Jean offers ten-week sessions in the fall and winter on Mondays and Wednesdays from 10-1. She also teaches some Saturdays to accommodate working people. Classes generally have a theme relating to various aspects of pastel painting. Shorter sessions and occasional workshops are also provided. All levels are welcome.

For upcoming classes, please visit Jean’s website at: www.jeanhirons.com
You can contact her at: jeanhirons48@gmail.com or 301-340-3198

→ DESIREE SCHERIN, Annapolis MD

Maryland Hall for the Arts

rarr DESIREE SCHERIN Annapolis MD
Desiree Holmes Scherini teaches classes at the Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts in Annapolis.
Courses feature demonstrations in pastel, but all mediums are welcome! To register or find out more here's the link:

→ DOT STEPENASKI, York PA

BONUS - How to Make a Cardboard Pastel Box

Value Your Pastels

When: March 16 and 17, 2020 from 9:30 AM – 4 PM

Where: York Art Association, 220 South Marshall St., York, PA 17402

Telephone 717-755-0028

yorkartassociation.org

Cost: $120 members/$170 non-members

Description: Workshop will initially focus on organizing your pastel box to avoid confusion and make pastel selection smoother while painting. By working with your colors as values you will gain understanding of what you have, and what you need! Class will address how to use value effectively for more interesting colors.

Please visit Dot’s web page: stepenaski.com

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→ CAROL VOGEL HOME STUDIO, Gaithersburg MD

Carol Vogel Home Studio

PAINTING IN PASTEL ♦ PAINTING IN OIL

Carol Vogel Home Studio, Gaithersburg, MD
www.carolvogelstudio.com

Oil Painting - Adult (14+) All Levels (Tues. 11 to 1:30 pm)
Pastel Painting - Adult (14+) All Levels (Tues. 11 to 1:30 pm)
Oil or pastel painting classes introduce the underlying concepts of oil or pastel painting and provide a solid foundation for further exploration. Composition, value, form, color, materials, and painting techniques are covered. Students paint from still life or photos. Drawing experience is helpful.
Students will work at their own pace on a composition of their choosing.
Group classes in Gaithersburg. Private classes in all phases of drawing and painting also offered.
To register or should you have any questions please contact Carol and she will email you a registration form and supply list. For more information, follow this link: http://carolvogelstudio.com/page/4007/classes-and-workshops

◊ Pastel Juried Exhibition Opportunities

International Association of Pastel Societies: IAPS

IAPS member societies post information about their exhibition opportunities on the IAPS web page. This is a great resources. Visit the IAPS page on Member Society Exhibitions for more information.


OnlineJuriedShows.com

Many pastel societies use OnlineJuriedShows.com for posting information about their upcoming exhibitions. You'll find prospectus, contact information, and online entry services hosted here. Opportunities for all sorts of competitions across all media and venues. Check it out!

◊ PSA Workshops and Classes

The Pastel Society of America hosts a variety of workshops and classes taught by award-winning artists instruct throughout the year. The school instructors are noted for their one-on-one rapport with students at all levels. To view the schedule for classes and workshops, please visit their webpage for details.

◊ Marketing Strategy for the Artist

Listening to your Client

Here are a few key points when having a conversation with a potential/existing client:

- Allow the client to speak without interruption. It will acknowledge how important and valuable they are to you. As they speak you will gather key information regarding their preferences in order to provide the appropriate artwork for their space. Develop a list of questions to make certain that information is captured completely.

- Let the conversation soak in and respond accordingly. Develop the habit of speaking to them at the same pace so they do not feel rushed or ignored. Be a good listener and smile at them. When responding do not come across as pessimistic, challenging or uninterested for it will cause unnecessary anxiety for the client. Respond candidly to their questions and then allow the client to respond without interruption. Observe their body language for it will tell you that the client understands your information. The main goal is to build trust between you and the client.

Marketing Your Art

- Presentation of your art to the public is important. Ask a peer, gallery owner or an art dealer to critique the presentation of your work. Is the work framed appropriately, is your website user friendly and does it provide a prospective buyer an engaging user experience? Is the work cohesive in quality? Is your artwork priced consistently? Also obtain written referrals from existing clients for the prospective clients review.

- Research your competition. Look at their website; research their resume and bio information, pricing of artwork as well as gallery representation. Interview an artist who is successful and you will gain invaluable information on their marketing methods. Successful artists devote a certain amount of time each week to promote their art. Ask the artist how their gallery helps them to sell their work. How many pieces do they need to have ready to sustain the agreement with the gallery owner and themselves? Are there any hidden costs since each gallery have policies that vary in scope of services.

- Take the time to research galleries that would best represent you. Location is important. Is the gallery located in a well traveled area? Research the quantity of tourists that visit that particular area and if there are mid-size to large size corporations in the vicinity. The corporations may have an art leasing program in place that you can tap into.

- Take the time to attend events held by the ASID-American Society of Interior Designers and IIDA International Interior Design Association. ASID has a membership that consists of residential practice based designers and commercial marketplace professionals. IIDA's membership is predominately attended by commercial marketplace designers. Both organizations use artwork in residential and commercial applications.

- Donate time to expanding your mailing list.

- Contact local county government offices to inquire if they have a budget to purchase or lease art for their many facilities. Local libraries and community centers typically rotate art exhibits through out the year.