Vibrant Landscape in Pastel

June 24 - 28


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Vibrant Landscape in Pastel

WEEK ONE (5-days): June 24 – 28, 2019    Classes run  9 am  – 4 pm daily and students are welcome to stay late in their studio.

Vibrant Landscape in Pastel

Learn the fundamentals of working in soft pastel on paper. Become familiar with the materials through some exercises that focus on elements of the landscape like trees, clouds, rocks, water, etc., and then move on to develop landscapes.

David will teach through lecture and demonstration, advancing the class step-by-step, and encourage students to work at their own pace. Working from both photos and the occasional plein-air excursion, the process will start with building a confident drawing in vine charcoal, followed by gradually adding pastel using a variety of mark making. Areas of special focus will be establishing values, working dark to light, colour temperature, creating strong compositions, atmospheric perspective and underpainting techniques unique to using sanded paper.

All levels welcome.

  • STUDENT SUPPLY LIST (click HERE): All students are responsible for bringing their own supplies.
  • COURSE FEE: $711 (Inclusive of $681 tuition and $30 in specialized materials to be provided by the instructor.)

Tuition also includes lunch and daily snacks. Prices are listed in Canadian Dollars and are inclusive of all applicable taxes. An accommodation package, which includes breakfast and dinner is available separately. Click here for further details.

David Shkolny

David is an Edmonton-based artist specializing in soft pastel. Born in Pinawa, Manitoba, in 1969, David has spent most of his life in Alberta. David’s art is collected internationally and is also represented in The Canada Council Art Bank. He graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in 1992.

Shkolny is fascinated by the medium of pastel and what he has come to learn of the endless ways in which to express its qualities. Naturally drawn to portraying landscapes, he enjoys it both for the possibilities of interesting colour relationships and the ambiguity of space and form which can result from experimentation and the slightest suggestions of a mark. He values a process that is not dictated by a prescribed outcome, but evolves from a dialogue with the process.


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Classes are open to students at least 19 years of age at the start of their registered workshop


Refunds will be issued within 30 days of confirmed receipt of MISSA’s online withdrawal form and will be processed through PayPal.

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BEFORE April 15: for each course withdrawal, a refund inclusive of tuition and any applicable supply fee will be issued, minus a $50 admin fee.

AFTER April 15: for each course withdrawal, a tuition credit for MISSA 2020 will be issued, minus a $50 admin fee. Any applicable supply fee will be refunded. As a courtesy, a full refund will be issued if withdrawal application is received within 48 hours of an initial purchase (up until June 7, 2019).

If MISSA must cancel a workshop, a full refund (tuition, supply fee and accommodation) will be issued. Transferring into another workshop is a possibility. On-Campus accommodations can be canceled at any time prior to arrival and will be refunded within 30 days after receipt of the cancellation form.