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Pastels - Bringing Landscapes to Life with Jim Hallenbeck

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Saturday 6/15
1 – 5 PM
Ages 18+


We want everyone to be able enjoy the benefits of self expression, regardless of financial standing. If you would like to take a class but need financial assistance, please fill out our scholarship request form here.

About the Class:

Beginner to intermediate pastel painters. Using soft pastels, students will learn how to start a landscape painting with a simple pencil drawing followed by a watercolor (2-3 colors) underpainting to set-up shapes and dimensions. We will use UArt 500 grit pastel board, eliminating the need for an adhesive spray. From there we will begin using soft pastels working from a focal point out, dark to light to create the mood and capture the colors of the landscape. Students will learn techniques for blending pastels, layering pastels, and how to apply charcoal to soften edges and push areas into the background. We will apply the techniques the instructor has learned from his mentor, teacher, and friend Albert Handell.

Recommended Supplies:

  • Soft pastels - any brand; (instructor uses Unison and NuPastel)
  • UArt Paper Board - 9'x12" and / or 12" x 16": (instructor uses 500 grit)
  • Vine charcoal sticks
  • Watercolor (for underpainting) - Payne's Grey, Van Dyck Brown, & Burnt Sienna (purple is optional but fun)
  • Watercolor brush and jar / container to hold water
  • Pencil (use for a quick drawing of shapes)

Sycamore Tree by Jim Hallenbeck
Spring Arrives by Jim Hallenbeck
Take Flight by Jim Hallenbeck

About the Artist: Jim Hallenbeck

Growing up in Catskill, NY, Jim was constantly drawing. This led to being the art editor of his high school yearbook, majoring in Fine Arts at SUNY Plattsburgh, and obtaining a BS in Art Education from Florida International University of Miami in December 1979. His dream of being an art instructor then artist, however, was put on a 35 year hold as he was hired by IBM in September 1979 in Boca Raton, FL and transferred to Raleigh, NC in 1999. Through the years during his IBM career, Jim continued to paint as time allowed. Now retired, he pursuing his life long dream of being an artist. His oil paintings include primarily landscapes, city scenes, and local Raleigh landmarks. He is a studio artist of Artspace in Raleigh, NC, and a contributing artist of the Mattie King Davis Gallery in Beaufort, N.C. 

Jim is an associate member of the American Impressionist Society, the Oil Painters of America, the Pastel Society of America, an Elected Associate Member of the American Artists Professional League, a member of the Pastel Society of Southern California, and, as of August 2023, a signature member of the Pastel Society of North Carolina.

See more of Jim's art on his website.

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