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Pastels for Everyone – G190712

Workshop ID: G190712
Dates: July 7 - July 13
Price: $675.00 - $1,540.00

In Pastels for Everyone experience the immediacy and joy of working in pastels. In this class for beginners as well as seasoned pastelists, work both in the studio and at different painting locations in and around Ghost Ranch. Explore different papers, techniques, and methods of composition in this majestic setting.


Package Price
All Inclusive, Double Occupancy: Private Bath$1,540.00
All Inclusive, Double Occupancy: Shared Bath$1,465.00
All Inclusive, Double Occupancy: Communal Bath$1,195.00
Camping RV$835.00
Camping w/Electricity$795.00
Rio Arriba Commuter$675.00
Diane Arenberg

Diane Arenberg is a fine artist who enjoys the rewards of working in many mediums: Pastel, Oil, Printmaking, Encaustic, and Metalsmithing. She is an artist member of the Palette and Chisel in Chicago, Illinois and a signature


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Pastels for Everyone

Instructor: Diane Arenberg

Start Date: 7/7/19, End Date: 7/13/19

Check-In Begins at 3:00pm at the Welcome Center on 7/7/19. Dinner 5:30 – 6:30; Orientation 6:45 pm

Invitation: I am excited to share over thirty years of experience in working with the medium of Pastel at Ghost Ranch! For me, it was love at first sight when I arrived at Ghost Ranch. That lead to my second true love, Pastels. It’s a medium which is easy to transport, gives an immediate gratification, is forgiving when it comes to mistakes, and has no drying time!

Learning Outcomes: Whether you are an experienced pastelist or a beginner, you can expect to take away some different techniques, a better knowledge of the medium, and methods for creation of interesting compositions. We will cover the joys and challenges of painting in the high desert terrain.

Course Schedule: Our class meets from 9 am-Noon and 6:45 pm- Sunset M-F. You will have afternoons free to paint on your own or explore the many offerings of Northern New Mexico. We will be doing a combination of plein air and studio painting. The day before the Festival of Arts show, we put the finishing touches on our paintings in the studio.

Instructor Background: My love affair with painting began at age five. I distinctly remember a visit to my kindergarten teacher at her home where I was awed by a huge easel she had in her studio. For Christmas that year, I received my first easel, which I still have to this day! I began formal art studies at the University of Illinois and continued in the arts at Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, where I received a Bachelor of Arts in Interior Design. My route to being a fine artist has been circuitous via Commercial Interior Design and Alcohol and Drug Counseling as an Art Therapist. Eventually, the pull to become a fine artist won out. A trip to Ghost Ranch in 1988 for a painting workshop confirmed my choice. I have never looked back. Much of my art training has been through classes and workshops with artists whose work I admire: Doug Dawson, Daniel Gerhartz, Yuqi Wang, Sally Strand, Ryan Wurmser, and Glenna Hartmann. Equally important is my library of art books on my favorite masters: Victor Higgins, William Wendt, Ernest Blumenschein, and Jules Bastien LePage, to name a few. Recently I was chosen as one of 6 artists internationally to participate in “Convergence: Textures of Time,” a cultural exchange and artist residency in Tetouan, Morocco. I’m proud to be a Signature Member of the Pastel Society of New Mexico and an artist member of the Palette and Chisel in Chicago, Illinois. I’m indebted to the New Mexico artist community and pay it forward through my work on the Governing Board of the National Ghost Ranch and as an instructor there in painting and silversmithing.

Provided Materials: I provide 1 sheet of sanded pastel board per person, plus mediums used in exercises. Plein air painting tools such as view finders, greyscales, and composition aids.

What to Bring: Pastels: Bring a combination of hard and soft pastels. I can’t stress the importance of this enough. If you can only swing bringing one brand, then it should be the Sennelier 40 count Half stick set. Better yet, the 80 count. More colors = less frustration in the field. Hard: NuPastel, Creatacolour, Pastel Carre, Rembrandt Soft: There are many brands of soft pastels – Unison, Schmincke, Sennelier. Richeson. Sennelier makes a very nice 80 Color set of half sticks. At the very least you should have the equivalent of a 40 count half sticks set. I like the half sticks no wrappers to peel! Oils or Acrylics: Several of you have expressed a desire to work in acrylic or oil. My oil palette consists of warm colors: cad lemon, cad yellow medium, cad orange, cad red, alizarin crimson and lamp black.

Please note that our workshop price structure packages your tuition, course materials, lodging and meals together in a single rate. Prices are presented for each of the types of lodging available for the workshop you select. Some art workshops will have an additional list of course materials and supplies that can be purchased or you will be asked to bring with you.
  • Note:  Some courses (especially studio courses and plein air painting courses) can carry an additional material list or expense.
All rates are Per Person, Double Occupancy unless otherwise specified. Single Occupancy: Single occupancy rooms may be reserved for an additional $50 per night when space is available. The fee will be charged when space is confirmed. Single occupancy lodging is generally not available during June and July. If you are a single person and do not specify a roommate, a roommate of the same gender will be assigned to share your lodging space or you can request the single occupancy and be charged the supplement of an additional $50 per night (based on availability). For more information or if you would like to attend this workshop, but do not need lodging, please call the Registrar's Office at 505.685.1001 or 505.685.1001 ext 4155 or toll-free at 877.804.4678 — available SundayFriday8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. MST.

Three ways to register:

  1. Download printable registration form and mail to: Ghost Ranch Registrar, 280 Private Drive 1708, Abiquiu, NM 87510. OR scan and email your completed form to:
  2. Register by telephone at 505.685.1001 or 505.685.1017 or toll-free at 877.804.4678, ext. 4155 or ext. 4121 — available Monday-Saturday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. MST.
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