FREE video course in March!

MARCH free video art course

Pastel Painting Innovations: Expressive Art Techniques a FREE video course with Dawn Emerson


One session, Thursday, March 15, 2018, 10 to noon at the St. Michaels library.

For beginners considering using pastel for the first time and experienced artists who want to be inspired to do more, this video course will open new artistic expressions.  Dawn Emerson’s innovative approach to tapping your creative juices while teaching the principles of art – line, value, edges, shape, composition and more will help you discover new possibilities.  Using a demonstration of painting an owl, Dawn shows new ways to make expressive art using pastel as a both dry and a wet medium.  She encourages artists to “paint like a maniac”.  How fun is that!

Participants can come and just watch the video and see the materials used to get an idea of what you might want to buy.  Or jump right in, bring whatever materials you have such as pencils, sketch pad or paper, pastels, charcoal, etc.  Nothing expensive.  Emerson emphasizes that you should not be worried about messing up but rather let loose and play.  Draw along as we watch the video or practice later at home.

About the artist:

After graduating from Brown University, Dawn Emerson fulfilled a successful career in graphic design and illustration.  She spent more than 26 years creating art, teaching and experimenting with the pastel medium.  This culminated in her book Pastel Innovations which was published in 2017 by Northlight publishers.  Emerson has produced 6 instructional DVD’s.  She has won major awards for her pastel work, written articles for numerous art publications and is a sought-after workshop instructor.  To see examples of her work, go to

This course is FREE and open to everyone.  No previous experience is necessary and no prior registration is needed.  For more information contact Camille Woodbury at or 410-253-3262.