The Tolland Public Library will host award-winning pastel artist Gregory John Maichack to present an adult hands-on workshop, “Pastel Paint Stunning Still Lifes Like the Masters,” on Tuesday June 14, 2016 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. This pastel painting workshop is designed for sheer beginners to experienced artists. Seats may fill quickly so please
call 413-258-4201to pre-register. Participants will freely experiment with hundreds of the artist’s professional grade pastels, pastel pencils, and pastel paper, in this fun pastel painting workshop.
In this new, highly researched two-hour workshop, participants have fun producing
their own still life pastel paintings. Gregory Maichack is a seasoned pro at teaching pastel techniques, as recognized by the Museum of Fine Arts (MFA) Boston; Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC), and hundreds of libraries and local cultural councils. Maichack demonstrates how beginners to accomplished artists can paint a still life while applying techniques applied by masters such as van Gogh, O’Keeffe, Monet & Maichack himself.
The still life is a genre chosen by famous artists throughout history as a subject. Participants benefit from the techniques culled from these masters as reflected in their individual painting approaches in historical context. As always, all will keep their pastel paintings and use hundreds of his professional-grade pastels, paper, and materials, all supplied.
Mr. Maichack’s workshops have been so well-liked, many libraries and senior centers have booked and rebooked him, often twice a year. “What I heard through students’ comments reflects a teaching style that is rare: encouraging, positive and constructive, with information given in a style that students find approachable, accessible, and clear,” wrote Melinda Georgeson, Director of Education, Norman Rockwell Museum.
Artist Gregory John Maichack lives in western Holyoke. He is a portraitist and painter working primarily in~pastels. Winner of the Award of Merit from the Bennington Center for the Arts: Impressions of New England~Show 2003, he also was awarded the Savoir-faire Pastel Award from the Great Lakes Pastel Society. Maichack~was commissioned by Westfield State College to paint the pastel portrait of the past president of~Westfield State College, Doctor Frederick Woodward, which was unveiled at the dedication of the~Woodward Center. He has been in many national juried shows and was awarded numerous Massachusetts~Cultural Council grants.
Maichack was a faculty member at the Museum Studio School in the Fine Arts Museum Quadrangle in Springfield,~MA and also teaches at Greenfield Community College in their adult continuing education~departments.
“This project is supported in part by a grant from the Tolland Cultural Council, a local agency which is~supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.”