October 2011 Workshop

“How To Expand Your Options . . . in Colored Pencil” by Betsy Holster

Time: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, October 8 & 9, 2011
(Room open from 8:30 to 5)
Location: Room E-12 in the Marina Village Conference Center
1936 Quivera Way

Getting to Marina Village Conference Center:

1936 Quivira Way, S.D. 92109. See directions at marinavillage.net

How to get there: http://marinavillage.net/contact/directions/
Marina Village map: http://marinavillage.net/property-map/
(This map is oriented facing west toward the water as if you were in the parking lot. You can see our room E-12 right off the parking lot.)

Saturday Check-In at Registration Table:

The table will be set up at 8:30 am.  Teresa Rodriguez-Ross will have receipts made out for each of you.  Several of us will also be on hand to assist.

Availability of room:

We’ve asked to have access to the room from 8:30 am to 5 pm.  We have given you extra time on Saturday, prior to the group dinner. 

Materials List:




Download the workshop brochure (PDF).

Betsy Holster is an assistant professor of art at California State University at Fullerton and a former director of product research for CPSA.  Brochures will be available at the July meeting.

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Workshop cost will be $150, a bargain as two-day workshops go.  You might want to start saving up—or take advantage of our layaway plan.  Treasurer Teresa Ross has agreed to keep track of your deposits.  Please contact her at 619-475-8433, bluebastet@gmail.com  or see her at the meeting. 

The board has booked a room for the workshop at Marina Village on Mission Bay—gorgeous location by a marina and restaurants, and early October weather is beautiful by the water. 

People who have taken Betsy’s workshops in the past have come away inspired.   “I took a workshop with Betsy, and she has an easy-going teaching style,” said Deb Gargula.  “She makes you think about what you are doing while emphasizing design concepts and how things translate into colored pencil.”

Betsy Holster . . .

It’s important for all of us, no matter where on the continuum from beginner to accomplished profes-sional we find ourselves, to reflect on our work.  We need to ask a series of questions.  What is my work about?  What am I trying to say?  How am I trying to communicate to the viewer of my work?  Am I effective?  What skills do I need to add or practice to better speak to others through my work?  How am I limiting myself?  Have I examined all the choices and options available?

The interesting thing is that we all will continue to ask ourselves these same questions many times throughout our artistic lives, but as we grow and change, our answers will be different. 
And that is a very good thing!

Expand Your Options

Colored pencil lends itself to very tight photographically real drawing. It’s easy to be caught up in the technical aspects of c.p., & to limit yourself unnecessarily! This workshop will help you to expand your options, allowing you to experiment with a range of different approaches from realism to non-objective using the medium of colored pencil. We will look at some innovative ways to use colored pencils & other supplies, giving you more option than you realized were possible.

We will look at how to let the content in your artwork dictate the technical aspects of pencil application & approach. If you feel like your artwork has become a series of technical exercises, & would like some help to break free this workshop will show you how to approach your work with fresh eyes and attitude.

We will explore the ways that you can choose your subject matter to give your work a complexity & depth that goes beyond technical proficiency.


Some Components of the Workshop

Show Examples:
–Experimental Approaches-
Discussion - Composition – Personal Voice-
-Technical Skills –

Subject Matter:
We will experiment using a hands-on approach to:
Realistic – Impressionistic – Expressionistic
Abstract – Non-objective

Techniques for applying Colored Pencil

Tonal application, Burnishing, Hatching or
Cross-hatching, Linear, Gesture, Experimental
And Non-traditional

Materials List

Any colored pencils materials or supplies you routinely use (erasers, sharpeners) use or have been wanting to try, Sketchbook(s), Old photos or Old magazines, Photo references to cut up, Failed artwork to cut up, Papers you are curious about.