ONLINE CLASS: Italian Gardens in Pastels

DATES: 09/02/2020 - 09/02/2020
PRICE: $50.00

Encouraged at a young age with oil painting lessons and a set of professional watercolors, while growing up in NY State’s Hudson Valley, Christine Debrosky always knew she would be involved in art. Early in her career, she worked and exhibited extensively in watercolor, painting en plein air in all seasons, learning about color, light, and pigments. This, combined with access to Manhattan’s world-class galleries and museums, were an invaluable education.

Christine eventually took an eye-opening workshop in pastel, and proceeded to work almost exclusively in this medium thereafter.  This earned her rainbows of ribbons and numerous exhibition opportunities, with such groups as the Pastel Society of America, the American Impressionist Society, and Societe des Pastellistes de France. She has earned signature status with the American Impressionist Society, PSA, and was inducted in to the Master Circle with the International Association of Pastel Societies. Coming full circle, today she has added oil painting back into her repertoire, and has hence exhibited with the prestigious Oil Painters of America.

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Her work has been included in numerous national and international magazines such as American Artist, The Pastel Journal, Pratique des Artes, Southwest Art, and PleinAir Magazine, as well as on the set of Nights in Rodanthe, a Hollywood movie, and Hart in Dixie, a popular television show. She has been listed in Who’s Who of American Art since 1995, is published world-wide by Winn Devon, and is in the collections of numerous universities, hospitals, and corporations such as Standard & Poor’s, and Pfizer Chemical. In 2014, she was one of ten American artists invited to exhibit with Societe des Pastellistes de France, an organization which boasted Edgar Degas as one of the original members. She was further honored by the group to have one of her paintings selected for the invitations, posters, and billboards advertising the show.

Wanting to share her accumulated experience, she has taught for over 25 years in numerous locations across America, as well as in Venice and Tuscany Italy, and Burgundy France. Travel to locales such as the Caribbean, Ireland , Brazil, and Alaska have inspired her work as well. She is always happy to return home, currently in North Arizona, where she lives with husband Wayne, replete with a custom dream studio. There, overlooking the red rock glow of Sedona, the abundant sunlight, jewel-toned shadows, and nuanced greys of the high desert inspire continued learning and sharing.

“The whole world is a garden if you look the right way”  F. H. Burnett
This class with master of pastel painting, Christine Debrosky, will have 3 distinct parts:
  • How Best to Work From Photos – Christine will send a few images of Italian gardens in advance.  She will begin the class by explaining why she chooses certain photos to paint from lecturing on the best approach to painting from photos,
  • She will select one of those photos and begin a demonstration of creating a pastel painting from a specific photo, using the source,
  • Finally, she invites each student to email her ahead of time a photo of one of their finished pieces.  (This is encouraged, but not required.) Students’ work can be a garden/floral subject from anywhere. Christine will put each one up full screen for a positive group critique.

Class Date: Tuesday, September 2

Time:  4pm EDT (That is 3pm Central time, 2pm Mountain time and 1pm Pacific time)

Class Length:  2 hours + critique

Price:  $50

Some photo samples that could be source material for the painting:

Siena Corner Roses

Dievole Winery Column

Dievole Winery Palm

Siena Garden

The Contessa’s

A pastel painting by Christine from a photo taken out of the window of a friend’s apartment in Venice:

Venetian Hidden Garden

This class is online.  You can enjoy it from your own home using your laptop, iPad or smartphone.

Once you register, we’ll send you a Zoom link to join the class on the specific day, at the appointed hour.

You don’t need a Zoom account.  Just click the link and you will be admitted.

We will send you the zoom invitation once you register for the class.

Please log in a few minutes early to greet the others and to get situated.