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October 10, 2013

CAA offers five-day pastel painting class

The Cooperstown Art Association announce that pastel artist, Greg Barnes of Charlotte, NC will be offering a five-day pastel painting workshop Oct. 21 to 25.

The workshop will be held on location weather permitting and will otherwise meet at our their classroom space at 5 Railroad Ave. in Cooperstown.

The class “Paint like a Plein Air Artist” with Greg Barnes will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day and is open to all levels with some painting experience. 

The cost is $535 for Members and $540 for non-members. 

Barnes tailors his instruction to reach all levels from beginning to advanced techniques. Working from photographs or on location, the class will focus on capturing the essence of a scene through design, color harmonies, and intuitive interpretation. The class will focus primarily on pastel techniques, although oil and acrylics are welcome.

Each class typically begins with a pastel demonstration and lecture by Barnes, focusing on different aspects of producing a captivating landscape painting. The remaining time will be spent at the easel, painting from photos or from life. 

Barnes will visit each easel as you paint, giving individual instruction and personal attention. The class will also include critiques of each students work in order to pinpoint areas of strength and potential growth.

Barnes received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Wake Forest University in 1985. According to a media release, he began painting full time following the 9/11 attacks, when he realized “life is short.”

For more information on Greg Barnes please go to his website at For more information on the Cooperstown Art Association, visit its Facebook page. To register for the class, call 547-9777.

He studied with Albert Handell and Scott Christensen early in his professional career. Currently he tours the country displaying his paintings in national art festivals, participating in plein air events, and teaching. 

Annually he earns numerous awards for his pastel paintings, including the “Crowd Favorite” award at the Aspen Plein Air Invitational, July 2013.

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