I love teaching others to enjoy the beautiful art that can be created with colored pencil. As you see below I teach Studio Classes to a select few who are local currently (post pandemic). I've added ONLINE COACHING see below. Take a look and contact me if your interested in future workshops, classes or coaching.
activatedIn response to our recent world health pandemic, I've added the opportunity to work together without travel. A mixture of brief Online Zoom classes (some group and some private), Private FaceTime calls, and emails for personal critiques and demonstrations via my soon to be activated Patreon page.
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Artist Grade Colored Pencils ( my preference is for wax based CP's) Prismacolor Premier or Caran d'Ache Luminance. Oil based pencils have their place see the More Advanced Supply List for Other suggestions.
Prismacolor Premier: I find the 150 count set to have the most useful colors, is economical and contains the most Lightfast range for the price.
Caran d' Ache Luminance: These are very waxy and are the complete line is lightfast. Since they have added additional colors they have a great range. However these are pricey if your just starting out.
Electric Pencil Sharpener: My favorite is the Staples 356294 Classmate 6-Hole https://amzn.to/34PIpm9
Blue Tack Poster putty for listing color
Vinyl Erasers - either push up type or click and advance (Tombo - has two sizes - great for corrects)
Transfer Paper - Saral mixed colors is my favorite, to help transfer images to your support. https://amzn.to/3g5AAzm
SUPPORTS vary (I worked on most all of them even Travertine Marble!) although my favorites are:
Ampersand Pastelbord- Sanded surface hardboard. I do all of my own fine art on it!
Paper: Stonehenge & Fabriano Artistico Hot pressed, https://amzn.to/3cx3ruh
Double Frosted Mylar: Duralar https://amzn.to/3gkDkYC
BLENDING - Trimmed off flat bristle brushes (I trim down these inexpensive bristle brushes, they are stiff and can be found at many big box art supply shops). While I believe in great brushes for painting these can be the cheapest you can find since we trim them before blending. https://amzn.to/35b71G5
or Fritches (Hobby Lobby-Masters Touch) has a good assortment of sizes) I tend to use these for later layers on sanded surfaces and for paper, especially portraits!
Paper Stumps: (Not Tortillions) of various sizes for blending after I have blended with a brush.
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I'm often asked and while YES it's true most of us Colored Pencil Artists LOVE details, CP can be used for many types of art. In my recreate a master class I've helped my students work in Impressionistic, loose painterly, and more graphic ways.
Ampersand Pastelbord is a sanded surface which accepts many many layers. As a hardboard it's archival, and needs no glazing or backer board when framed. (If finish sealed and varnished correctly)
Working on hardboard and framing like and oil or acrylic painting has enabled my work to be accepted by galleries who do not prefer works behind glass. Besides it's so much less hassle to frame! And lighter weight too!
All the time, if you've read my blog I'm an avid sketchbook and travel journaler. While I don't prefer to frame paper paintings because of the need for glass, I think paper surfaces are the best for learning a light touch for beginners, and to keep you drawing where ever you are!
My Blog tab above in the Menu is an excellent area of information on my colored pencil painting as well as travel journaling, keeping a sketchbook and news of my exploits as a lead head artist.
I have a new YouTube channel where I'm posting video on my work and working as an artist. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCqGLcLjiP-_3vPdsuv_EDmQ
Classes are limited currently to small groups in my studio but I also offer an online mentoring and coaching service. Contact me for more information.
You can find My Finished Paintings available for direct sale in the USA in my Shop! page. Some of my art is currently available in select shows or gallery exhibit locations available through the gallery listed. All of my art that has been sold is marked SOLD in the gallery description for each image. Prints are available of most of my Sold work so let's talk. Many prints are available thru Fine Art America. (Click for a direct link to my available prints, or ask for one you may not see.)
While I have a dedicated space/studio for my personal work, I teach currently after our downsizing in my home elsewhere. I love my studio, it's a sunroom just off our living area and is the bridge to my art and my second love - My Garden. While it's much smaller now than the 2+ acres we once had my cottage garden is a source for inspiration in my art.
I'm yes a realisiict/representational painter, and being so my goal with my colored pencil work is to create a painterly look with this dry media. It's clean, doesn't dry too fast or too slow, it's VERY VERY portable, yet gives me the detail I crave. Over my years working in CP I have developed a way to mooovvvve the archival lightfast waxy pigment to blend just like paint. Without the use of toxic solvents! (Which I am allergic to.)
If it can be framed and hung like an oil painting, I would have to ask you WHY NOT?
CLASSES CURRENTLY: In studio classes are limited to 4 persons.
Colored Pencil Classes start in January-December. CONTACT ME TO RESERVE A SPOT OR BE PLACED ON THE WAIT LIST.
Thursdays 11:00 - 3:00 PM
STUDIO CLASSES: $40.00 per class, 1st and 3rd Thursdays each month. Paid monthly in advance ($80.00), masks required. Call to ask to be placed on "Wait List".
In my home studio
Progressing Classes are $40 each week. Monthly commitment required.
I offer small intimate classes in my home studio, designed to help you receive one on one attention but with the benefit of a group environment. We have coffee, draw and learn what could be better than that!
The class is geared for students who have had experience in basic drawing, although I will review some basic knowledge if needed.
Two Day Workshop 10 AM - 4 PM
Pack your lunch.
Tuition: $145.00 for the 2 Day Workshop (Receipt of a payment reserves your place.) No refunds on deposit.
Location: My home studio in Powhatan (10 minutes from 288) west on Robious Rd/Huguenot Trail. (I will send directions upon request.)
Limit: 4 students per class
Class will cover basics of colored pencil-stroke, layering, burnishing and blending with unique tools. (All will be demonstrated and then practiced by student on projects worked on paper surfaces.) Students can move to my Progressing Classes for additional study see class schedule for more details.
Supply list will be sent when deposit is received. I will provide 1 project with surface, several tools, electric pencil sharpeners for use here, and work table seating. My Preference is for Prismacolor brand pencils, but you will have a chance to try many different brands
MY CONTINUING OR ADVANCING CLASSES AND WORKSHOPS ARE FOR COLORED PENCIL ARTISTS EXPERIENCED IN THE MEDIA OR WHO HAVE TAKEN MY BASICS CLASS. IF YOU HAVE HAD EXPERIENCE ELSEWHERE OR NOT IN MY STYLE, I WOULD BE GLAD TO REVIEW YOUR PREVIOUS WORK FOR PLACEMENT IN THIS CLASS.
Tuition: Monthly commitment for $40 per week (Receipt of monthly payment reserves your place.)
Location: My home studio in Powhatan . (I will send directions upon request.)
Limit: 6 students per class
Students will be encouraged to work on a continuing project in colored pencil of their own choosing. Source reference is the student's. Class assumes you know all the basics of colored pencil: stroke, layering, and burnishing. I teach you techniques for working and blending to obtain a painterly appearance and saturation of color, whether on your surface, paper or sanded board. (We work on what you want to learn,) Handouts and instructional packets will be issued as each student attempts a new subject.
Supply list will be sent when deposit is received. I will provide: electric pencil sharpeners for use here, and work table seating. Please bring your own photo reference for your project. Email me for guidance on choosing your reference if desired.
Should you need to miss a class, make ups are scheduled in advance for an alternate class time. (Provided seating is available.)
One of the things I enjoy most about Colored Pencil is the variety of surfaces it can be worked on. And many of those surfaces lend to a subject matter that works so well. I classes I teach colored pencil get to work on that variety if they choose. I teach each student how the surfaces changes their application or how it can enhance their technique.
Some of the surfaces I recommend trying are:
Ampersand Pastelboard (My favorite)
Double Frosted Mylar
Uart Sanded Paper and Board
Sanded primed surfaces
Travertine Stone Tile
Suede Mat Board
I also teach a variety of Subject matter:
Portrait & Life Studies
Landscape & Botanicals
Plein Air Painting & Travel Journaling
Wildlife and Pets
Every year I enjoy promoting my students hard work in an exhibition at Crossroads Art Center in Richmond, VA. I turn my exhibition space into their very own show. For some this is the first exhibit they have participated in. I enjoy showing off their hard work.
Last year's opening exhibit was on Jan. 19th 6-9 PM.
I also offer WORKSHOPS OUTSIDE OF MY STUDIO AT OUTSIDE LOCATIONS SO
In the years that I have been teaching colored pencil, it has been such a pleasure to meet and expose wonderful budding and experienced artists to what can be done with colored pencil. I truly have learned so much from my students and they continue to prompt me to challenge myself as a teacher, as well as an artist.
Each session brings students of many skill levels, or previous media experience. Every student gets individual attention since my class size is small and intimate due to my studio size. Students learn color mixing, values, composition, rendering shape and underpainting techniques in colored pencil as well as enjoy a building friendship with other classmates.
Comments made about my classes and teaching style have been:
Becky Spangler 12/10/13
This year, for the first time, I became interested in painting with colored pencils. With the suggestion from a friend, I signed up to take classes with Gloria Callahan. It was and continues to be a wonderful experience. Gloria is a “hands-on” teacher, giving helpful advice as you work to complete a painting. Her blending techniques and understanding of color help her students produce works of which they can be proud. Whether you have prior experience with colored pencils or are new to this medium, I would recommend her as an
Kathy Scott 12/2013
" I am primarily an oil painter who has always been intrigued with colored pencils. When I first saw Gloria's paintings at an art show I knew she was doing something unique and in the painterly style you don't normally associate with pencils. This is my third year of taking Gloria's classes ,she has not only given me a solid foundation but inspires me with her passion and extensive knowledge of the medium. I have gone from a true beginner to having sold 3 colored pencil paintings under the guidance of a great teacher."
Pauline Clay 12/2013
Gloria is not only a gifted and talented artist, she is also a talented, patient teacher. She is very willing to share her knowledge, techniques and tips for creating a painterly look with colored pencils. I feel like I have grown tremendously in my understanding of color, composition and technique in the time I've been working with her. Her classes are the highlight of my week.
B. Austin 05/2012
"I have been taking watercolor classes for 2 years and my skills have improved in colored pencil more in the last 6 weeks of my first class session than in the two years of watercolor."
S. Hoyle 06/2011
"Your style of teaching is so giving, you are very generous!"
Demo for working with colored pencil on suede mat board.
Demo for working in colored pencil on Stonehenge paper.