SAAC will host a three day pastel landscape workshop with Gary Huber ( November 9-11, 9am-4pm. Cost for the workshop is $350 and must be paid in advance to guarantee participation. Participants may register/pay by phone at 870-862-5474. Oil painters are welcome – demos will be done in pastel. Limited space available.

This three day workshop will focus on painting the landscape in the medium of your choice. Gary will demonstrate pastel painting for a part of each day, building paintings from concept to final touch. There will be exercises to strengthen your design skills and you’ll discover the secrets of using light, atmosphere and composition to enhance the emotional impact of a painting.

An experienced art show judge, Gary will help you to see work as a show judge sees it and gently offer suggestions to help assure that your work is noticed positively in your next exhibition. Any skill level is welcome with regard to landscape painting or pastel. Those working in a medium other than pastel will need basic proficiency in their medium. Students are  responsible for providing their own supplies for indoor painting. A material list will be provided. Each student  may bring one or two examples of previous work for critique as time allows.

Here are just a few of the many topics the class might discuss

  • Taking photos good enough to paint from
  • Compensating for problems in photos
  • Getting the best composition the first time
  • Enhancing the emotional impact of your painting
  • Controlling values for strong design
  • The role of edge definition and detail
  • Focal Point
  • Just the right amount of color
  • Color harmony
  • Making pastel surfaces to save money and improve your painting


About the Instructor: Gary Huber is an award-winning landscape painter who works mainly in the pastel medium. His classes are highly praised and often sold out. He makes his home in Wyoming but travels from Maine to California in search of scenes to inspire his dramatic pastel paintings. He is best known for evocative images of the mountain west but whatever the subject, it will be rendered in a harmonious palette with strong light and atmospheric effects which, combined with dramatic composition, yield his signature look. He enjoys working both “en plein air” and in the studio.

Gary is a member of Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters, California Art Club, Outdoor Painters Society, Laguna Plein Air Painters Association and American Impressionist Society. He’s won many significant awards including the Albert Handell Award in the 3rd IAPS Master Circle Exhibition, Governor’s Choice Award in the Wyoming Governor’s Capital Art Exhibition and Plein Air Magazine Award in Pastels U.S.A. He has exhibited at the Butler Institute of American Art, National Arts Club, Mountain Oyster Club, plus the Brinton, Haggin and Los Gatos Museums. He holds signature memberships in Pastel Society of America, Northwest Pastel Society, Master Signature membership in Pastel Society of Colorado and is a member of the Master Circle of the International Association of Pastel Societies.

Gary’s website has comments from former students and many examples of his work:

Materials List (If you prefer to work in another medium, bring those supplies)
1) Some photos of landscapes that inspire you. I will have a selection of photos you can borrow as well.

2) A set of high quality professional pastels in naturalistic landscape colors such as one of these:
My favorite brand is Terry Ludwig, as you can see, but there are many other good ones. Dakota Art Pastels, Dick Blick and Jerry’s Artarama often have specials on different brands, both sets and open stock.
3) 5-10 sheets of sanded pastel paper in sizes 8×10 to 12×16 at your discretion. Uart 400 or 500 grade are a good choices:

4) sketchbook or paper

5) sketching pencil, charcoal or pen

6) marker pens such as Tombow for value studies. You need three or four values from very dark to medium light gray. You can do value studies in pencil but it’s not as useful for learning the principals as the pens

If you already have your preferred pastel brands and paper be sure to bring those.