Mastering Color Pencils – Online Class in Color Pencil Technique

Lisa Dinhofer

Lisa Dinhofer

Class Description

Color pencils are no longer the marker of your elementary school teacher. Advances in the technology of artist grade-colored pencils have produced a new medium with an extraordinary range of unique qualities. Pencils are easily portable and relatively inexpensive with little clean up. Yet the finished artwork can look as dense as an oil painting or as translucent as a watercolor.

This 4-week class will introduce the student to the wide versatility of this new medium, including simple sketches, color studies for larger works and finished compositions. Techniques such as layering, modeling, creating textures, blending, and burnishing will be explored through lectures and demonstrations. We will also be exploring wax-based pencils and water-soluble pencils.

All levels of students from the curious beginner to the expert draughtsman are welcome.

The class will meet twice a week Tuesdays and Fridays from 10:00am – 11:30am. Limited to 20 students.

About the Instructor

Lisa Dinhofer—painter, draftswoman, and printmaker—earned her BA with honors from Brandeis University and an MFA from the University of Pennsylvania. Her work has been shown extensively, both nationally and internationally. Her most recent solo shows were at the Century Association (NYC, 2015) and Denise Bibro Fine Art (NYC, 2012). Her paintings, drawings, and prints are widely collected and publicly represented at the Brooklyn Museum of Art, City College (CUNY), IBM, and other venues. In 2003, she completed a 90-foot glass mosaic mural, Losing My Marbles, which was commissioned by the MTA Arts for Transit program and is located at the Times Square subway station. Dinhofer’s comprehensive study of colored pencils, Mastering Colored Pencils, was published by Monacelli Press in 2017 and is now available for purchase. For more information, please visit www.lisadinhofer.com.

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