Workshop - 3 Day Plein Air with Jacob Aguiar, PSA 9/30-10/2/17


Workshop - 3 Day Plein Air with Jacob Aguiar, PSA 9/30-10/2/17

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Class runs from 9:00 am to sunset with breaks in between. There are a limited number of rooms available for the workshop on site with a discounted rate for workshop attendees.  When reserving a room type "Workshop" in the promo code/voucher area. Be sure to hit "apply". The discounted rate will appear on your reservation receipt. See additional info for the materials list.

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Full Payment required for registration after 9/15/2017

No refunds if cancellation is 30 days or less prior to the workshop unless a substitute is available to take your place.  Workshop fee Includes catered lunch and snacks all three daysCancellations 31 or more days before will receive a full refund minus a $30 processing fee.

There is a minimum amount of participants to run the class.   Do not make flight / hotel reservations until notified that the workshop will run.

Pastel Class Supply List


Consider purchasing Pastel Pointers: Top 100 Secrets for Beautiful Pastel Paintings by Richard McKinley. This book was compiled from his blog posts with the Artist Network over the past several years. Each page in this book details a specific topic, ranging from materials, to composition, to color. There are many pastel-specific books on the market, but I have found this one to be most concise and usable by the beginner or more experienced pastelist. Richard is an incredible teacher, and it comes through in this book.


It is best to have a range of pastels, if your budget allows. Professional quality soft pastel brands include: GIRAULT, TERRY LUDWIG, GREAT AMERICAN ARTWORKS, SCHMINCKE, SENNELIER, UNISON, DIANE TOWNSEND, and MOUNT VISION. REMBRANDT, NUPASTEL, CRETACOLOR, and CARAN D’ACHE are harder brands of pastels.

Sennelier and Great American in particular have fantastic half-stick sets. Half sticks are a great way to compile a variety of pastels at a fraction of the cost.

You can produce beautiful pastel work with 100 or fewer sticks, as long as you have a range of values (darkness and lightness) and hues (colors such as yellow, green, violet, etc). I have some of every brand of pastels, and each plays a role in my pastel painting.


Pastel papers can be broadly categorized into sanded and non-sanded papers.

Sanded papers: Pastel Premier 400 or 600 grit paper, UArt 500, 400 or 320 grit paper, Ampersand Pastelbord (white), and Multimedia Pastel Panels are sanded papers.

Non-sanded papers: Canson Mi Tientes; other brands of pastel and watercolor paper work as well.

*I prefer the UART 400 grit paper, as it holds many layers of pastel, can withstand a liquid under-painting if mounted to foam core backing, and is reasonably priced.


There are many plein air set ups available, and new one are coming on the market all the time. The Pastel Society of America Facebook page has had many conversations regarding this subject and is a good place to read about the options available. I have found the Mabef Field Easel from Dakota Pastelsor the Cappelletto Sonia from Jerry's Artarama online works well. Many pastelists use the Heilman pastel box, which has a tripod attachment, as well as a small easel that attaches to it. Guerrilla Painter also has plein air set ups. The classic full french easel or half french easel is another option, but is somewhat heavy and bulky. The “Take It Easel” and “Feather Weight” easel are options too. If you have any questions feel free to email me about it.

-3 Tombow markers N15-N55-N75 (or other comparable brand). These are for doing notan sketches before starting a painting to determine values and composition. I will demo this in the first class.
-1-2 inexpensive brushes for underpainting. Sizes between 4 and 8 would work best.
-2b or HB Pencils
-Denatured or Rubbing Alcohol
-Paper Towels
-Artist’s tape

***Reference photos to work from in the studio in case of rain***

-Artist and Craftsmen Supply
-Dick Blick, physical stores and online outlet. I buy most of my pastels and paper from Dick Blick online because of the reasonable prices and variety of supplies offered.
-Jerry’s Artarama online.
-Dakota Pastels online.
-Utrecht online.

If you have any questions regarding supplies, feel free to email me at