a Retreat to Nature for the Creative Mind

Kay in critique mode.

Kay Brathol-Hostvet

Kay will be traveling to share time and talent a few times this year. Be sure to mark your calanders.

Make your plans based on these dates and times.











Intermediate to Advanced Pastels Color Theory

Intermediate to Advanced Pastel: Advanced Color Theory     Kay Brathol-Hostvet

This new workshop is for those with previous experience in the pastel medium. We will be exploring a deeper understanding of color theory, specific to soft pastels, and how it relates to the overall design and content (emotion/style) of your work. Some preparatory work will be required before coming to class, as noted on the supply list.  Sunday March 25, 10 - 4 p.m.  $130/$5 materials


Interm to Adv Pastels Color Theory Supply List







Plein Air with Soft Pastels

Plein Air Painting in Soft Pastel Kay Brathol-Hostvet

Pastel is perfect for depicting the various textures and colors of the landscape and is a very portable medium so it is ideal for plein air painting-working directly from nature. You'll complete two or three small works on different papers, provided by the instructor. Previous experience in soft pastel is highly recommended, but beginners with good drawing skills are welcome. For a two-day plein air experience, consider taking "Finish It" the next day. Saturday, June 30, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.  (Note: Earlier start time)  $130/$5 materials

Plein Air Soft Pastels Supply List














Finish It!



Finish It - Studio Work or Plein Air in Any Medium   Kay Brathol-Hostvet

We all have those unfinished projects--paintings, collage, drawings. Whether you just need the time, new ideas, or fresh eyes to view your work, this workshop should help generate some completed projects. This loosely-structured workshop will include beginning and ending group critiques, handouts and "ideas" examples, and uninterrupted work time with as much or as little personal attention from the instructor as you request. Those taking Saturday's plein air workshop, or who have experience in painting outdoors, may choose to continue in plein air on the grounds of Whispering Woodlands. (Those with no or little experience in plein air should sign up for Saturday's plein air class instead.)   Sun, July 1, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.   $125/$5 materials


Finish It - Plein Air Supply List














Kay Brathol-Hostvet

Kay Brathol-Hostvet  is an upbeat, enthusiastic instructor bringing a wealth of experiences to the classroom. She has over 30 years of experience as an exhibiting artist, and has been teaching workshops in drawing, design, pastel painting and acrylic painting for many years. Kay is a Signature Member of the Pastel Society of America and has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Wisconsin-Stout, with concentrations in drawing and painting. Her works are in corporate and private collections around the Midwest. Her acrylic paintings are included in North Light Books, AcrylicWorks 2: Radical Breakthroughs, and her pastel paintings have been featured in the Dane Arts (Dane County, Wisconsin) annual poster and calendar and Pastel Journal. She works from her home studio in Eau Claire, Wisconsin and is represented by Edgewood Orchard Galleries in Fish Creek, Wisconsin and Artisan Gallery in Paoli, Wisconsin.



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