This is a four week series of classes, designed for students of all levels. Pastel is incredible medium to improve understanding of using clean color. Due to the fact that you are working with pastel sticks you are forced to make creative decisions to interpret skin tones as blues, greens, reds etc… This experience will help you to improve color in any medium you are usually working in. Also, this is a great medium for quick studies and working on toned surfaces. We will work on a male and female model from the photo references.
Part One (male portrait)
In this class there will be a brief lecture on color theory and use of color in skin tones. We will discuss variety of procedures accompanied with demonstrations on color mixing.
Homework: Portrait lay in .
Part Two (male portrait)
In this class we will discuss working on volume and details. There will be a demonstration finishing first portrait assignment .
Homework: Finish first portrait assignment
Part Three (female portrait)
In this class there will be a demonstration on laying in second portrait using different toned paper .
Homework: Portrait lay in.
Part Four (female portrait)
Demonstration and discussion on finishing details of the face in second assignment.
Homework: Finish portrait.
A virtual room link will be sent to you up to 24 hours prior to your class start date. A short tutorial will be given prior to the live class starting.
Unable to attend a sessions? No worries, ALL students will have access to watch the recorded session for 7-days. Recording available 1 day after live session.
- Preferably Sennelier soft pastels half sticks set. (Portrait, general, or Plein air ), but any professional pastel set will also work.
- Any 12×16 or larger pastel pad.
This online course requires the use of the Zoom program. You will need a computer, tablet or smartphone (with camera preferred) and internet. To download the program, click on the following link: zoom.us/download.
Leon Okun was born on February 6, 1980 in a small town in Siberia, Russia. In 1993 Leon’s family immigrated to San Diego. His interest in figurative art developed while taking art classes at Mesa Community College, where he was given complete freedom of exploration. This freedom led him to a profound interest in figurative drawing and propelled Leon to pursue the kind of program that would satisfy his passion for fine art.
Leon’s educational art journey began at Watts Atelier (a small private art school with an emphasis on the traditional fine art), where he studied for two and a half years. There he met Ron Lemen, an art instructor at Los Angeles Academy of Fine Arts. To this day, Leon gives Ron Lemen credit for inspiring him to believe in himself and to set the highest possible standards for personal artwork.
In 2003 Leon returned to Russia to explore Russian art schools and museums. Painters like I. E. Repin, V. Serov, and V. Surikov captured his interest and helped him develop the best possible vision any artist can have: To become a serious painter.
It was then, in 2003, that Leon decided to apply to the Repin Academy of Arts in St. Petersburg. Repin Academy of Arts is a two hundred and fifty seven year old historic institution. It has been the birthplace of the most famous Russian painters. It was clear to Leon that if he wanted for himself the best art education in the world, than it would have to be the Repin Academy of Arts.
After two years of intense preparation Leon got accepted to the Academy, where he studied for six years and received both a Bachelor’s Degree of Fine Art and a Masters Degrees in Fine Arts.
In 2011 Leon returned to San Diego and immersed himself into teaching, sharing with his students the wonderful education he had received at the Academy of Arts in St. Petersburg.
Successful in his own right as a Artist and as a Teacher, Leon now inspires his students to search our their dreams and to strive to achieve their own personal best.
Leon is a member of the California Art Club, the American Portrait Society, the American Impressionist society, and the Plain Air Painters of San Diego.
Leon has participated in and won numerous art competitions in San Diego and throughout Southern California. His style of painting is based on the traditional European classical art, and color pallet that so many Russian painters are famous for.
Most recently Leon had several successful exhibitions that drew a great deal of interest in the art community.
LAAFA reserves the right to cancel any class/workshop, limit workshop size, change workshop times or substitute instructors for those listed in the schedule. If a workshop is cancelled; students may transfer to another workshop, use credit on artschoolvideos.com, keep credit on file or be issued a full refund.
All online classes and workshops are non-refundable, non-transferable and no makeups are available.
A 7-day recording is provided the day after the online live class. No recording extensions are permitted.
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