• March 7, 2019 - March 9, 2019
    9:00 am - 4:00 pm


Studio in the Park



2490 Silverest Ave, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, 70816, United States

The main facility for the Art Guild of Louisiana is the Studio in the Park. This BREC building is located in Cedarcrest Park in Baton

Workshop Coordinator

Trish Poynot, grannytrishp@yahoo.com, 985-237-5977


March is a great time to work with the beautiful assortment of colors pastels offer! Join Adrian Deckbar for another three day Popping Up Your Color workshop. For beginners to advanced, there will be exciting new techniques to learn. We’ll work on Art Spectrum Colourfix pastel paper to achieve dimension, depth, and with little blending, we’ll create a 3-D effect, getting your work to “pop” and vibrate.

In order to learn, or re-learn the language of pastels, we will have some experimentation exercises the first day. You’ll keep a test surface nearby to try out pastel colors, whether it makes a soft or crisp mark, if it crumbles a bit and how much pressure to use. Touching and trying, with no worries about creating a finished piece, is the best way to learn.

We will create dimension by using complementary colors and analogous colors. To achieve clarity and avoid that smudgy look, we will work with edges, soft and hard, to control the viewer’s eye. Adrian will help you with composition choices: cropping, sketching or gridding – getting the best image to work from, whether abstract or a realistic image.

Bring your own references, photos, sketches, or unfinished or problem pastel paintings. Depending on the size you choose, and the complexity of the subject, you may complete more than one! Adrian will demonstrate how to begin, laying out your composition with a grid or freehand, then get you started. When problems arise for an individual, she brings the group together so everyone can learn from that challenge. Adrian provides lots of encouragement and options to resolve your problems, working with each of you individually.

Organizing and creating your palette, and maintaining control while having fun are the keys to a successful experience and a finished painting. We will achieve all of that in our 3 day workshop and you will leave with much more knowledge than you can imagine!

Supply List

These supplies may seem expensive; however, they last forever, don’t dry up, and require very little clean-up!

Art Spectrum Colourfix Paper * (sizes and ordering to be determined)

  • multiple references – photos, sketches, older work
  • easel (if you prefer working upright) or table (for working flat)
  • taboret for supplies **
  • stool or chair **
  • tape and/or clips
  • drawing board
  • palette tray with rice or foam pad
  • round bristle brush #4 or #6
  • apron or shirt
  • container for water and sponge
  • paper towels and cloth rags
  • x-acto knife or utility knife
  • 18″ ruler **
  • nupastels – set of 12 or 24 (or larger)
  • Rembrandt Soft Pastels Cardboard Box Set of 15 Half Sticks – Assorted Colors
  • soft pastels – bring your own collection
  • Sennelier – Latour Fixatif (spray can)

* Trish Poynot will bulk order the paper required by workshop participants.

** Optional – except for gridding and straight lines in artwork


Adrian Deckbar headshotA beautiful sampling of some of Adrian’s art can be viewed in the June 2013 edition of Pastel Journal in the article titled “The Natural World: Up Close & Personal,” written by Robert K. Carsten; also in Expressions of Place: The Contemporary Louisiana Landscape by John Kemp, and Art in the American South by Randolph Delehanty. Adrian has work in private and corporate collections both in the United States and abroad. She has also had more than 50 solo shows in her 40 year career – no small feat! With the aid of a grant from LA Cultural Economy Foundation, Adrian published Continuum: Moving Through A Still Frame, a book of her work. During her career, Adrian has taught in numerous venues, and still teaches today, both in Louisiana and in Arkansas, where she and her husband have their “second home.”