The workshop was better than I had imagined.
There is an appropriate old saying;
When the pupil is ready, the teacher appears. I was ready,
perhaps not quite prepared.
You have designed a magical, creative, challenging, stimulating environment.
You are a talented artist and a generous teacher. Thank you. CO
Art, History, Nature, Life and Fun!
One/Three/Five Day Workshops Indoors and Outdoors
Stans workshops have been called Art Adventures. Students from
beginner to advanced are sure to find many new ways to expand their
creative abilities through the use of pastel and Stans constant
Stan believes in working from life first, and understands the artists
need to also work in the studio. Here he excels in teaching students
how to see, analyze and re-interpret a scene, how to bring from within
yourself paintings that reflect your emotion and connection to your
subject and produce believable images. Stan constantly weaves lessons
from life, history and nature into all his critiques and lectures. You
will come away from the workshop with a new appreciation of the world
The workshops are based on direct observation, using very traditional
theories on color and surface qualities, and painterly mark making.
Light, half tone and shadow are emphasized while building towards dynamic
use of color, composition and value relationships. The ability to convincingly
portray distance and perspective through the use of color is clearly
explained and emphasized. Once fundamentals are covered, the class often
covers experimental grounds, tools, abstract color and simplification
of the scene. But most importantly, Stan shows you all of the methods
he has perfected in manipulating pastel to be one of the most exciting
mediums an artist can use. When used to its best advantage, pastel can
rival any medium in portraying life as it really appears.
One of Stans major tenets of painting is synthesizing your subject,
through yourself and onto the paper with your pastels. His demos are
fast and accurate studies that will teach you about working
within your instincts. Almost never taking his eyes of the subject he
will capture the spirit and sense of day within moments. Of course there
are times to paint with more control, but many students find that working
this way has vastly improved their abilities to be more exciting and
During breaks in the workshop, and in the evenings together, Stan often
covers the business of being an artist, marketing and presentation and
framing. His studio is also a gallery carrying many other fine artists
work in varying craft and also has a department for pastel
paper, Ludwig pastels and tools. There is a series of videos and slide
shows that he has prepared on art, pastel, history and nature. His library
of educational books is available during the workshop to borrow.
Stan Sperlak is a signature member of the Pastel Society of America,
the Maryland Pastel Society and a former director of the Mid Atlantic
Plein Air Painters. His work has appeared in numerous books on painting,
The Pastel Journal, The Artists Magazine and he recently authored The
View From My Easel. He has been featured in New Jersey Network
TV series on Artists. Sperlak studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of
the Fine Arts and with Patricia Witt of the Barn Studio of Art. The
workshops are based out of Stans farm in Goshen, NJ
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Creek Studio & Gallery
Handmade Pastels & Supplies