624 South Main Street
Grapevine, Texas 76051
(817) 488-8600

Hours:  Tues - Sat11am - 6pm

Pastel Workshop – Texas Style Apr 8-13, 2018


Pastel Workshop
with Janet R Thompson PSA
Texas style at the  *404 Ranch*
April 8 – 13, 2018

Janet R Thompson

  • Experience Jan’s creative & artistic abilities along with the southern hospitality on a working ranch.

  • Lodging provided in Ranch/Bunkhouse

  • Sunday, April 8, arrival between 2:00 pm & 6:00 pm

  • Classes begin Monday morning 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

  • Classes end on Friday at 4:00 pm. After critiques, Dinner Celebration.

  • Fee: $800 Includes 5 days of workshop Food & Lodging for 6 to 7 nights

  • Meals provided except for one evening out at a near Location.

  • Class limited to 15 and is expected to sell out quickly. Don’t delay in reserving your place.

  • $400 deposit – ASAP or no later than February 25, 2018 to Jackie Railsback(Ranch Owner/Host), 2520 Norwood Dr., Hurst, TX 76054  jrailschas@att.net, 817-657-8691 Deposits are Non refundable after March 18, 2018.

The *404 Ranch* is located About 65 miles west of downtown Ft Worth, about 95 miles west of Dallas and 21 Miles north of Stephenville on Hwy 281.  You will be provided a map & GPS at gate of property.

Check out Jan’s web site at: www.jthompsongallery.com If you have questions for her; Call 719-253-2991, or email to jareus@gojade.org.

“Jan Thompson’s workshops are what got me back into art after nearly 30 years.  After spending a couple of summers in Creede, Colorado I signed up for one of her pastel workshops not having any expectations of producing any great art but just to have fun doing art.  Never having done pastels I was surprised at how much I not only learned but how much fun I had doing it.  I was immediately drawn into the world of art again.  But the best thing I think is that she is passionate about her craft, if you want to learn about pastels this is the person to learn from. I actually have my own art studio now because of that first workshop I decided to take from Janet R. Thompson”.  Testimony by Jennifer Hammer, Bowie Texas

“Three delicious meals are enjoyed daily and end of the day sunsets are superb.  I learned and enjoyed the ranch experience.  Don’t miss it !!! “
Jean Lewis

“404 Ranch”

The ranch house was just recently remodeled inside and out and a 30’x30′ attached studio added which is where the workshop will be conducted.

This is a working ranch but, as you can see from the pictures below, this is not your run-of-the-mill ranch house.

CLASS DESCRIPTION

“Into the light” descibes my technique for this pastel class.
We will start with our darkest, hardest darksusing paper color and/or washes we make with pastels.  Then we will progress toward the light by using softer, lighter pastels.  I will discuss what pastel is in case you are a beginner.
We will work from your photos which, hopefully, will have good contrast and composition.  Depending on skill levels, we will copy photos or jump ahead to adding our own ideas to the paintings.
I begin with a short demo, then do individual help.  Any skill level is fine as we all enjoy critique and learning from each other.  We will also learn about shapes, values, hard and soft edges and how to create the illusion of 3-D on a 2-D surface.
First and foremost we will learn how to look at our beautiful world (grass, sky, clouds, rocks, trees, etc) and then attempt to express them on paper.  It is my hope that we will be able to convey our responses to our viewers with some good paintings.  When learning any skill, one must practice to become proficient, just as the musician learns his scales the artist must learn the basics before good art can be produced.
Whether or not you have ever used pastels, I know you will enjoy their immediacy and vibrant colors.  Painting with pastels is drawing and painting at the same time…very fun!
Practice on wet/dry sandpaper from Home Depot; Maggie Price’s book “Painting with Pastels” is a good basic read; Dick Blick Art Supply Warehouse good supply source.