Painting in Pastel from Life

Ellen Eagle

Ellen Eagle, Portrait of the Young Artist Marela Alvarez 2, 2015, Pastel on pumice board, 12¼ x 9 inches.

Class Description

In this class our goal is to observe the model’s form, color and value relationships with a clear eye, and to distill this complex information into a simply expressed, harmonious construction. We will engage in the intense color analysis intrinsic to working in pastel. Study of human structure, and experience drawing the model, is highly recommended before taking this class. Students who have a mastery of oil painting, but want help with color perception and other perceptual elements, are welcome in the class. This class works from the nude and clothed model, with poses generally lasting four weeks.

About the Instructor

Ellen Eagle holds a B.F.A. with Distinction in drawing from the California College of Arts and Crafts. She also took Daniel Greene’s workshop and studied with Michael Burban at the Art Students League. Her primary study has been with Harvey Dinnerstein, for whom she was class assistant at the League.
Ms. Eagle’s work is represented by Forum Gallery (New York), where her pastel paintings were introduced in a solo exhibition in 2002. This was followed by solo exhibitions at the Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts, Concordia College, and Tomasulo Gallery (Cranford, New Jersey).
Her work has been shown in such venues as the National Academy Museum, Frye Art Museum, New Jersey State Museum, Long Beach Museum of Art, Staten Island Museum, Albright Knox Gallery, Arkansas Art Center, the Butler Institute of American Art, and the Baker Museum.
In 2010, her painting Miss Leonard was exhibited at the Butler Institute exhibition Inspiring Figures: American Women in Figurative Art, where it received an award of honor. Her work has been reproduced in The New York Times, The Newark Star-Ledger, Portrait Signature Magazine, American Artist magazine (December 2004, October 2008, and November 2010 respectively); Pratique des Arts (July 2010, December 2012); The Pastel Journal, including the June 2006 cover article, and again in 2010; and The Artist’s Magazine (April 2011). Her work was also cited in American Arts Quarterly (fall 2007, winter 2011). Her pastel paintings were reproduced in Classical Drawing Atelier by Juliette Aristedes (Watson-Guptill); and in James L. McElhinney’s The Visual Language of Drawing, Classical Life Drawing Studio, and Art Students League of New York on Painting, which also includes her essays.
Ms. Eagle’s articles, “The Age of Enlightenment Has Dawned on Fifth Avenue,” “Painting Miss Leonard,” “Composing A Life,” and “An Elegant Unrest” have been published in LINEA: The Journal of the Art Students League. Other publication listings include International Artist Magazine (February/March 2014); Artists and Illustrators (U.K., September 2013); Design New Jersey (August/ September 2013); and Drawing Magazine (Summer 2013). Her book, Pastel Painting Atelier, was published by Watson-Guptill in April 2013.
Ms. Eagle is the recipient of many awards and grants. Her pastel paintings are in private and public collections throughout North America and China. From December 2011 to January 2012, Ms. Eagle exhibited twenty pastel paintings in a two-person traveling exhibition in China.
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