UART 2-Day Workshop with Jill Stefani Wagner PSA-MP, IAPS/MC


Sat Oct 21 2023 at 09:00 am to Sun Oct 22 2023 at 04:00 pm



Coppini Academy of Fine Arts | San Antonio, TX

"Finding Light and Inspiration in Your Photo References!" UART 2-Day Workshop with Jill Stefani Wagner PSA-MP, IAPS/MC
About this Event UART 2-Day Workshop with Jill Stefani Wagner PSA-MP, IAPS/MC: "Finding Light and Inspiration in Your Photo References!"

Dates: Saturday October 21 and Sunday October 22, 2023

Time: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Location: Coppini Academy of Fine Arts, 115 Melrose Place, San Antonio, TX 78212

Instructor: Jill Stefani Wagner

Medium: Pastels

Skill level: Beginner to advanced

Number of Workshop Days: 2

Price: $300.00

(A registration discount is available to all Texas Pastel Society and Coppini Academy of Fine Arts members. Please inquire with your organization for the discount code)

In this workshop beginning to advanced students will explore ways to create unique, personal works of art based on their own reference photos. Participants will learn how to find dynamic compositions with strong focal points and push color to enhance their vision. We will step away from the confinement of exact “copying” of reference materials and move toward finding our own interpretation of a scene.

Day One will begin with a short demonstration using a tonal underpainting to create a halftone “structure” on which to build a pastel painting. We’ll discuss how to crop into photos for various compositional options and how to loosely block in dark and medium areas that establish a value plan, before adding color.

Day Two will begin with another short demo using a colorful watercolor underpainting which uses complimentary colors to create an impressionistic, “vibrating” effect. After creating several value sketches, emphasis will be on students painting loosely and using strong marks to strengthen their chosen composition.

ABOUT THE ARTIST: Whether painting landscapes, interiors or figures, Jill Stefani Wagner’s primary focus is always “light” and how it affects the scene she’s trying to capture. Working in pastel and oil, she approaches painting as a sculptor would, carving out the nuances of light and shadow. An avid plein air artist, Jill paints landscapes in Europe and in plein air festivals around the U.S. During the cold winter months in Michigan, she paints in her studio.

Jill’s paintings have been juried into many national pastel exhibits and have been honored with prestigious awards. Pastel Journal Magazine gave her paintings six Honorable Mentions in their Pastel 100 Competitions. One of her pastel paintings was recently on the cover of Plein Air Magazine, and Fine Art Connoisseur and Pastel Journal often feature her work. She’s been designated a Master Pastelist by the Pastel Society of America and the International Association of Pastel Societies. Jill has been Pastel Faculty at the 2016, 2017, 2019, 2022 and 2023 Plein Air Conventions. She’s been featured on Eric Rhoads Live presentations and also on the Plein Air Podcast. Her 2 videos featuring her “5-Step Pastel Painting” technique are available from Streamline publishing here:

Jill Stefani Wagner received a B.F.A. in painting from The University of Michigan School of Art. She owned an award-winning advertising firm in Ann Arbor, before “seeing the light” and becoming a full-time artist.

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UART will provide you via email with a full list of materials before the beginning of the workshop.

Refunds: If a cancellation is made 30 days prior to the event, the cost of your ticket will be refunded, minus the Eventbrite fee. Cancellations less than 14 days before a workshop is scheduled to begin will NOT be refunded unless of an extreme emergency and will be decided on a case-by-case basis. The Eventbrite fee is not refundable. Refunds will be made up to 30 days after processing payment.

Workshop cancellations: If class is cancelled due to low enrollment, UART will provide a full refund to the attendee.

Lunches and meals: No meal is included in the price of the workshop. You will have the choice of bringing your own food to the studio or go out to a nearby restaurant or deli on lunch break.

Accommodations: Please book your own accommodations if you need any. If you need help finding hotels in the area, we will provide you with some local recommendations.

Covid Safety Measures: In our effort to ensure the safety of all our teachers and students:

•Masks are not mandatory, but recommended

•We strongly encourage the use of hand sanitizer and/or handwashing

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Where is it happening?

Coppini Academy of Fine Arts, 115 Melrose Place, San Antonio, United States

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USD 300.00

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