• August 16, 2019 - August 19, 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

Betty Efferson, bettyeffersonartist@me.com, 225-266-7064

Bill Schneider

Bill was awarded master signature status in Oil Painters of America; the Pastel Society of America has recognized him as a “Master Pastelist”; the International Association of Pastel Societies has named him to the “Masters Circle” and American Impressionist Society made him a “Master Signature Member” (AISM).


This four day workshop just might be the answer to your prayer of “how to loosen up” in your artwork. William will demonstrate in both oil and pastel; a complete head study as well as mini-demos for painting the eye, mouth, etc. On one of the days you will copy (with instruction) a painting by Nikolai Fechin, a master of suggestion. On other days you will incorporate those techniques into your own work as you paint from a live model. The techniques covered apply equally to figures, landscapes or still life.

This four-day oil and pastel workshop is for advanced beginners or higher. You will learn:

  • Power through suggestion
  • One simple technique to create sparkling color
  • How to avoid “unpleasant detail”
  • Masterful edge control
  • How to simplify color harmony
  • The key to turning the form with temperature
  • A technique to create Fechin’s broken edge effects.

In Schneider’s own words “This workshop will turbo-charge your understanding of drawing, value, color temperature, edge control and above all else – HOW TO LOOSEN UP!

Supply list

You will need: a Portable Easel – French Easel, Open M Box, Soltek etc. Sketch Pad 9×12 or 11×14 (spiral bound is best). A hat or a visor. Clamps – Get STRONG ones (ladies, get them so strong you almost can’t squeeze them!) The flat metal clamps or little plastic ones sold by art supply stores don’t do the trick! (You can get good cheap clamps at Home Depot, Lowes etc.).

In addition, Bill suggests the following supplies; most can be ordered on line at utrecht.com, dakotapastels.com, dickblick.com, or jerrysartarama.com. You can work in either medium (or both).

Pastel Supplies

  1. Soft Pastels – (NOT oil pastels) The new Jack Richeson – William Schneider 80 Stick Portrait & Figure Set is preferred. (You can order this at Judson’s https://www.judsonsart.com/collections/richeson-instructor-sets?page=4 Unison, Rembrandt, Sennelier, Terry Ludwig, and Great American pastels are also good. Terry Ludwig’s “Intense Darks II” are the best dark set made!
  2. Pastel paper – Sanded supports are the best. I like Pastel Premier sanded papers 320 or 400 Grit or U-art 280 – 400 grit, and Ampersand Pastelboard

Oil Supplies

  1. Canvas or linen – I prefer Claessens # 15 Double Oil Primed linen either stretched or stapled to a board
  2. Oil Paints – As long as you have a warm and cool version of each primary plus white you don’t need to buy particular colors. [If you want to, I use: Reds: Rembrandt Permanent Red Medium, Rembrandt Permanent Madder Deep; Yellows: Yellow Ochre (or Raw Sienna), Holbein Permanent Yellow Deep and Permanent Yellow Light (as substitutes for the cadmiums); Blues: Ultramarine Blue and Ivory Black; Miscellaneous: Rembrandt Transparent Oxide Brown, Manganese Violet, Cremnitz White or Titanium White]
  3. Brushes – Bristle Flats sizes 8, and 10 [I prefer Robert Simmons Signet ] — Sable or Mongoose Flats sizes 2,4,6 [Rosemary & Co series 279]
  4. Painting Knife
  5. Solvents – Gamsol or Turpenoid only (we want to avoid liver cancer)