MARY PRITCHARD TO TEACH PASTEL CLASS IN APRILThe popular instructor, Mary Pritchard, will be teaching a class, Developing Dynamic Pastels, Monday-Wednesday, April 2- 4, 9am-4pm at the Sacred Heart Church Hall. This workshop for advanced beginners through experienced pastellists will focus on developing dynamic pastel paintings as well as creating a personal blueprint for future growth. Working primarily from landscape photographs, the instructor will show what to look for when selecting resource photos, demonstrate ways to alter and strengthen compositions, when to follow a photograph and how to use it as a jumping off point for unique paintings. She will show how to develop multiple paintings from a single image. Students may also elect to work from still life setups. A key ingredient to the course is a review of students’ previous work to develop strategies for future efforts.

The class will include demonstrations, critiques and lots of personal interaction as students sharpen their artistic vision and develop expressive pastel techniques. In addition, students are encouraged to bring key examples of previous work (actual or through photographs or digital images) to discuss developing their unique “body of work”.

The fee for the class is $195 for members and $220 for non-members. There is also a $10 materials fee to be paid to the instructor. The registration deadline is March 29.

Mary Pritchard received her B.A. in studio art from Mount Holyoke College and has Master’s degrees in both art and journalism. She was in-house corporate art curator for Ashland Oil, In., and has been a consultant to other companies advising them on the acquisition, installation and conservation of art. Following a career in education administration at the University of Delaware, she returned to painting fulltime. An award-winning pastel artist, she is known for her landscapes of Maryland’s Eastern Shore, as well as coastal Maine and rural Nova Scotia. Galleries representing her work include Bishop’s Stock, Snow Hill, MD; Grafton Galleries, Easton, Md; Carla Massoni Gallery, Chestertown; and the Station Gallery in Greenville, De.

For more information or to register contact the Chestertown Arts League at 410-778-5789 or email