Kathy Beekman – A Different Approach to Painting; Cropping & Rethinking the Landscape

Duration of Class: One Day (6 Hours) // Medium: Soft Pastel // Skill Level: All


This day is split into two 3-hour segments.

Part One: A Different Approach to Painting; Cropping
Invite the viewer into your painting. Cutting off objects at the edges can have the effect of bringing the viewer into the painting and can create the illusion of events happening beyond the paper’s edge. You’ll learn to decide where the outer edges of the painting should be and how they should contain the subject through careful cropping. Pre- and post-cropping techniques will be explored as you complete a painting.

Part Two: Rethinking the Landscape
Need a little creative thinking in your life? This workshop will explore the idea of creating multiple pastel paintings of the same landscape using techniques such as cropping and reformatting. Your instructor will share her clever ways of squeezing the last bit of energy out of an idea. Experience the rush of creative thinking!


• Overview of materials to be used
• Finger painting
• Blending
• Layering
• Basic Design Principles
• Exploring different papers (canvases)
• Paper tooth
• Discovering how to use different kinds of soft pastels
• Using different hand positions
• Learning to create different strokes
• Creating compositions to direct the eye
• Appropriately cropping soft pastel paintings
• Applying fixative to soft pastel paintings
• How to care for soft pastel paintings


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Day 2 (9/29/18)

Class Size

Min # of students: 5
Max # of students: 12

Supply List

  • 1 – Basic 12-color box of Soft Pastels (NOT oil pastels!) A box with a larger pastel stick count is always acceptable. (Recommended pastel brands: Sennelier or Terry Ludwig Pastels)
  • 2 – (or more) sheets of paper (Recommended paper brands: Rising Stonehenge in any Color (instructor’s personal favorite), Arches and Somerset Photos or book images of landscapes as painting reference material
    Optional (but recommended):
  • 1 – Can of a pastel final fixative
  • 1 – Container of Wet Ones or Baby Wipes for easy cleaning of your hands
  • 1 – Dust Mask which will provide adequate protection against dry pigments and most dusts
  • 1 – Disposable Latex Gloves for protecting your hands from pastels
  • 1 - Smock or large shirt to protect your clothing
  • Newspaper, glassine, or kraft paper to protect your paintings during transport
    The following are good resources for artist materials:
  • Online catalog at danielsmith.com Allow 5-10 days for regular delivery Meiningers located in Denver at 499 Broadway, 303-698-3838 Terry Ludwig Pastels located in Littleton, CO, 303-795-1232 or on-line at www.terryludwig.com. Please tell Terry that your art instructor Kathy Beekman sent you.
    Provided by Instructor:
  • If you choose to do so, sheets of black colored Rising Stonehenge paper will be available for purchase from the instructor at a cost of $5.00 per 22 x 30 sheet.

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