2022 Alain Picard 3-Day Workshop FULL! Waitlist only! 

Capturing Light

The true subject of this three-day workshop is light. We’ll study the way light reveals form, color, and emotion by focusing each day on a unique subject.


We begin day one by studying the effect of dramatic light falling upon the still life, revealing form against strong shadow patterns. This is a wonderful opportunity to practice design and talk about the vocabulary of light and shadow. The second day, our study will progress to light falling upon the portrait subject, guiding us toward using a consistent approach to capturing light across multiple subjects. The third day we investigate the light falling upon the landscape and seek to capture these effects quickly and boldly.


Throughout the workshop and regardless of subject, we’ll practice making small thumbnail sketches and color studies before progressing to larger works. This helps us learn how to simplify and capture the big shapes of light and shadow quickly, as well as to discern the value relationships of colors. There will be a constructive critique at the end of the workshop. You will leave feeling empowered to tackle any subject that comes your way by understanding how to see and capture the light!


What will the students learn?

• How to perceive value and color in diverse subjects

• How to simplify complex scenes and subjects into clear shapes

• How to paint with more confidence

• How to approach varying subjects with a consistent technique

• How to work quickly to capture lighting effects

• How to work loosely to suggest the subject instead of tightly rendering


For portrait workshops, bring a selection of 3-5 reference photographs . For studio landscape workshops, bring a selection of 5-10 reference photographs to a two or three-day landscape workshop. This will allow me to help you pick appropriate references for painting. Landscape photographs should not focus on figurative or animal subjects.  For a full list of what you should bring click here: Supplies — Alain J Picard (picardstudio.com)!

Dates: October 21, 22, 23, 2022 (Fri/Sat/Sun)

Hours: 9:30am – 4:30pm. Note: the workshop ends at 3:30 pm on Sat. 22nd due to the PSNH National Show reception

Held at: Kittery Community Center, 120 Rogers Road, Kittery ME 03904. https://kitterycommunitycenter.org


Fee Structure:
PSNH Members - $440 (Use Disc. Code PSNHSAVE40)

You may send in full payment now or reserve your space with a 50% payment until October 15, 2022. The remainder is due by the deadline on October 15, 2022. (PSNH Members - first payment is $220 and the remainder of $220 is due on October 15th. Non-members - first payment is $240 and the remainder of $240 is due on October 15th).


There will be a minimum of 12 and a maximum of 18 participants for this workshop.

Paypal payment available. If you pay using Paypal, please scan this form to joelle.feldman@gmail.com or send it to the address below.

If paying by check, please make check payable to the Pastel Society of NH, print the registration form and mail both to: Joelle Feldman, 40 Madigan Lane, Harvard, MA 01451

For questions, Joelle Feldman joelle.feldman@gmail.com or (978) 618-2041

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About the Artist:


Alain J. Picard is an award-winning artist, instructor, author and speaker. His acclaimed pastel and oil paintings have been exhibited throughout the US, Europe, China and the UK. Alain travels internationally as an art instructor, demonstrator, speaker and artistic advocate for the vulnerable.


Alain’s work and writing have been featured on numerous occasions in such publications as The Artist's Magazine, The Pastel Journal, and Pratique des Arts. In an effort to share his passion for art, Alain has written three instructional books, including “Mastering Pastel” and “Beginning Drawing,” and stars in a growing collection of instructional art videos.


Alain has lectured and demonstrated for The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the National Arts Club in New York City, Vose Galleries in Boston, MA, the IAPS Convention in Albuquerque, NM, and the Biennial International Pastel Art Exhibition at Ming Gallery in Suzhou, China.


Alain has garnered top awards in esteemed exhibitions, including the Pastel Society of America, The American Artists Professional League, Hudson Valley Art Association, the Portrait Society of America, and the International Association of Pastel Societies (IAPS). He is a judge and juror of international exhibitions, and a sought-after portrait artist and landscape painter. He makes his home in Connecticut with his wife and two sons.




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