Underpainting & Layers: Free Pastel Demo at St. Tammany Art Association

The St. Tammany Art Association hosts a free demo this Saturday, January 23, with local artist Dawn Koetting. “Underpainting and Layers”, a demonstration exploring pastel techniques, is in conjunction with their current exhibit the Degas Pastel Society 18th Biennial National Exhibition. This exhibit is on display at the STAA Arthouse, 320 N. Columbia Street, through January 30th, 2021.

Due to attendance restrictions, space is limited for this free demo. Please click the link below to register for this event.

From St. Tammany Art Association:

Underpainting and Layers In Pastel with Dawn Koetting

Saturday, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm, January 23, 2021

The demonstration will center around the different types of underpaintings used in pastel and how they visually affect the finished piece. Watercolor, pastel with mineral spirits, and pan pastel on a warm, neutral toned paper will be featured.

Dawn Koetting began painting in pastel 14 years ago. A recently retired veterinarian, she has enjoyed this time to continue pursuing her passion in pastel, taking a wide variety of workshops from nationally acclaimed artists. Her works have been exhibited at the National Arts Club in NYC and in the IAPS ( International Association of Pastel Societies ) biennial convention show, as well as at the Butler Museum of American Art in Youngstown, OH and the Lulu and Paul Hilliard Museum of Art in Lafayette, LA. She holds signature membership in the Degas Pastel Society and the Pastel Society of America.

“My art centers around bringing into view the simple beauty that surrounds us. Hectic, hurried lifestyles have people rushing past scenes and objects that have a certain beauty if one just takes the time to look. I enjoy painting the landscape en plein air ( on location) and am especially drawn to the patterns and colors of the agrarian landscape, the majestic live oaks, and the waterways meandering across our area. The repeating oval patterns of rusty tire rims and water lily leaves also seem to hold a special attraction and are seen in multiple works. Pastel is my main medium due to its direct application of almost pure pigment. My technique combines drawing and painting, layer upon layer, allowing the texture of the surface and that of the strokes of pigment to show through. I utilize different techniques of underpainting depending on subject and circumstance.”

Spaces are limited! Register for this demo here: www.sttammany.art/dawn-koetting

About STAA

The mission of the St. Tammany Art Association is to provide quality programming and cultural enrichment to the community, to support established artists, promote emerging artists, and produce educational arts related activities for adults and children and in doing so enhance life in St. Tammany Parish.

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