Adult(18+) Class
Dates: 3/5/20 - 3/6/20
Time: 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Instructor: Lorraine McFarland
Member Price: $ 200
Non-Member Price: $ 215
Max Quantity: 10
Remaining: 6
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Thursday, March 5th and Friday March 6th

Lorraine will have an exhibit of work  from her residency at the Texas A&M University Center for Coastal Studies Laguna Madre Field Station at the Art Center beginning on Friday, March 6th with an opening reception on March 11th 5pm - 7pm.  The exhibit will run through March 28th.

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This is an intensive 2-day workshop for beginning to intermediate pastel painters.

Those who are new to the medium will benefit from Lorraine’s own experience as an artist who has taken many, many workshops and the “Unique Technique” guidelines.

More experienced pastel artists will be pleasantly surprised by the fresh look at some the basic concepts, as well tips and tricks that will help them find their “voice”, move their work to award-winning level, and increase sales.

Lorraine has distilled her 20 years of workshop, studio, and plein air experience and knowledge down to a basic method, “Unique Technique”, which is specific to pastels and designed to facilitate learning and style development.

Day 1


Lorraine will cover in some depth the nature of the pastel medium and the many kinds of pastels and paper/surface available and how to use them to facilitate your success. She will explain what gives a painting "good bones". The importance of planning and design and avoiding pitfalls will be discussed. Lorraine’s own method, “Unique Technique”, and her process will be introduced and demonstrated. 

Students will learn to make thumbnail sketches and translate them to an underpainting to help them succeed and avoid time-consuming and frustrating mistakes. After a short demo, each student will produce a thumbnail sketch, and the rest of the day will be spent applying what has been discussed by turning the thumbnail into a full color painting, starting with a simple underpainting which will emphasize big shapes, value, and color temperature. 

Day 2 

There will be less lecture and more painting. Students will spend considerably more time painting on day two with Lorraine's guidance. Lorraine will do another short demonstration to further illustrate the more complex concepts introduced on day one, including atmospheric perspective and simultaneous contrast. Lorraine will also give some tips about what to do when you are stuck or frustrated - how not to get too discouraged and learn from mistakes.

Throughout the 2 days Lorraine will emphasize good composition, value, color theory, atmospheric perspective and simultaneouscontrast - all key concepts that must be understood to make beautiful pastel paintings.


Award-winning artist Lorraine McFarland works primarily in pastel and sometimes in oil. She has studied with many renowned master artists including Richard McKinley, Greg LaRock, Maggie Price, Liz Haywood-Sullivan, Alan Flattmann, Nancy King Mertz, Rita Kirkmann, and more.

Lorraine describes herself as a late bloomer. Her path to artistic success was long and winding. She went to college with a declared major in art. However, when she saw what the other students could do, she gave it up, thinking she was not talented enough.

After many years, and a number of careers, she found herself back at the easel with a newfound confidence. Her work as a field biologist and her dedication to environmental conservation influenced her decision to learn to paint outdoors, on location. Since 2002 she has pursued and excelled at painting "en plein air", winning many awards and satisfying her desire to connect with Mother Nature. Her work hangs in the homes of collectors and in corporate settings throughout the United States.

Lorraine lives in Rolla, Missouri where the beautiful Missouri Ozarks inspire her work.

For more information about Lorraine, go to her website (, click the “About the Artist” tab, and scroll down the page!