Each day, students will paint from a simple still life set up by Karen in the spirit of Charles Ethan Porter. This may include some of the following elements: fabric, glass, metal, fruit and or flowers.
The session will begin with a discussion of still life composition, set up and lighting. Then a quick demo by Karen. Students will begin their block in and work on the still life through the afternoon with full attention to artist’s questions and concerns.
Day two will be a continuation of the demo and student time to paint and receive critique.
A discussion and tour of the works of Charles E. Porter will accompany this workshop.
All levels welcome!
This workshop is offered as part of Arts Center East’s exhibit Still LIfes & the Legacy of Charles Ethan Porter, made possible by support from the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving Vernon Greater Together Community Fund.
- table easels
- a variety of pastels in primary, secondary and tertiary colors and values and greys, hard and soft
- sanded pastel paper, such as UART no larger than 16×20 OR un sanded pastel paper such as Canson Mi Teintes
- a board to tape paper onto
- artists tape
- Vine charcoal or pastel pencil for line drawing the objects
- apron / paper towels/terry towel for under easel
- optional: rubbing alcohol, 1’ flat brush, watercolor paint, watercolor brush
Karen Israel’s pastel paintings are defined by their dynamic compositions and unique viewpoints. She is influenced by the light and mood of the subject and lets those elements dictate her approach. These subjects are rendered with a strong appreciation for the rigors of formal design coupled with a fearless array of color choices.
Among her many awards, in 2020, she placed Fourth in Pastel Journal Magazine’s top 100 juried competition; in 2012 and in 2014, Third Place in the top 100 and she received an Honorable Mention in this same competition in 2018. She was recently designated the honor of Maxima Cum lade with the American Artists Professional League.
Karen conducts many teaching demonstrations and workshops for art organizations throughout the United States. Her teaching schedule can be found on her website: artbykarenisrael.com.