Artist Diane Edwards to lead Workshop on Loose and Fun Pastel Painting

Heritage Fine Arts Guild event teaches participants to paint snow, water and reflections in winter

On December 3, pastel artist Diane Edwards will lead a workshop for the Heritage Fine Arts Guild. Her painting, “Winter at the Pond,” is an example of her approach to creating a snowy scene. (Image used by permission.)

On December 3, pastel artist Diane Edwards will lead a workshop for the Heritage Fine Arts Guild. Her painting, “Winter at the Pond,” is an example of her approach to creating a snowy scene. (Image used by permission.)

LITTLETON, CO – On December 3, the Heritage Fine Arts Guild of Arapahoe County will host a one-day workshop with Fort Collins pastel artist Diane Edwards. A Master Signature Member of the Pastel Society of Colorado, Edwards will lead participants as they learn to paint snow, water and reflections in winter scenes, paying particular attention to values, edges and color temperature. She will also teach methods for adding texture to the background of a painting.

Edwards is co-founder of Paint the Poudre Plein Air, a group of artists that paints scenes of the Cache La Poudre River outdoors. The Poudre is one of 208 federally designated National Wild and Scenic Rivers and the only such river in Colorado. She particularly likes to paint “the parts of the landscape that most people don’t notice at all” and work in pastel because the color sticks provide “immediate brilliance” for her artwork.

Edwards earned a Master’s degree in Art and Education from Adams State University in Alamosa, where her painting professor was nationally recognized watercolorist Stephen Quiller. She maintains a studio in Fort Collins and teaches at Aims Community College in Loveland. Edwards’ murals can be viewed at Medical Center of the Rockies, Kaiser Permanente clinics, as well as in local restaurants and hotels.

The workshop will be held December 3 from 9:00 am-3:00 pm (doors unlocked by 8:30 am) at First Presbyterian Church, 1609 W. Littleton Blvd. in Littleton, at the northwest corner of Littleton Blvd. and Windermere Street. Artists aged 18 years and older may attend; cost is $30 for Heritage Fine Arts Guild members, $50 for non-members. Membership is only $35 and sign-up forms are at http://www.heritage-guild.com/membership.html. Payment is required to reserve a space and the number of participants is limited.

For complete details including a registration form and supply list for the workshop, please see http://www.heritage-guild.com/current-workshops.html. For further information, contact Mary kay Jacobus, mkstudio@comcast.net, phone 303-594-4667.

About The Heritage Fine Arts Guild of Arapahoe County
The Heritage Fine Arts Guild of Arapahoe County (www.heritage-guild.com) is a non-profit corporation organized in 1974 by Colorado artists. The Guild hosts art exhibits at several local Adventist hospitals and spring and fall art shows at Bemis Public Library in Littleton. In cooperation with Colorado Gallery of the Arts at Arapahoe Community College, the Guild holds “This is Colorado,” an annual, juried, statewide art show; the 2016 event is set for October 10-November 3. The Guild also sponsors weekly group painting sessions and workshops by accomplished guest artists. Membership is open to individuals at all levels of experience in fine arts media, as well as those interested in art appreciation. The Guild is supported in part by a grant from the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District serving the seven-county Denver, Colorado, metropolitan area.


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