I am a professional pastel artist who is a colorist which means that I use a variety of colors to create my paintings. When looking close at my paintings, the individual colors are evident but when viewed from a distance, they pull together to create the form. I also have an oil painting background so I am able to help students with oil or pastel. I help my students get the most out of their chosen medium. We specifically work on creating form, perspective, composition, stroke-making, color theory, and depth whether the student is working in still life or landscape. My work can be seen at www.betsycraumerart.com. My gallery where I teach can be seen at www.creativeventuresfineart.com. Our current activities can be found on Facebook at creativeventuresgalleryllc/
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I spend some time evaluating each student’s knowledge of basic drawing skills. I have them work on several still lives to establish a strong foundation on which to build more skills. Once the basics are understood, we work from the student’s reference photos and I take them through a colorist painting process.
I have a BFA from Maryland Institute College of Art and a MS in Art Education from Northern Illinois University. I have attended many local workshops with some well known pastel artists.
At the gallery we usually run about $10 an hour. Most classes are two hours long so that’s $20 per lesson.
I started teaching because people asked me to share my thought processes. I enjoy sharing what I’ve learned over the years.
I have worked with students from high school age all the way up to 90.
I love the moment when I come to up to help a student, make a color suggestion that they least expect, they try it and exclaim ‘that’s it!’ It makes it all worth while.
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Are you willing to accept new ideas? Are you ready to take your work to a new level?