Welcome Rhonda Gardner and Color Pencil for Beginners!

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We are thrilled to announce that Rhonda Gardner has joined us at Cloud 9! She will be teaching color pencil for beginners! While we offer advanced color pencil workshops it’s been quite a search to find the right teacher who could offer beginning color pencils. Welcome Rhonda!


Her first workshop will begin on March 28.


Thursdays March 28 - April 25
(5 weeks)
10:00am - 12:30pm


This is a five-week colored pencil class for absolute beginners.  The primary purpose of the class is to become familiar with the various materials used in colored pencil drawings and to learn basic colored pencil techniques.  Students will start by learning levels of pressure used while coloring and learning a variety of strokes to achieve a desired texture, then applying these skills to a drawing.  Students will also be introduced to blending colors to create picture images with depth and interest.  We will explore the various types of solvents used to blend colors and use of under-painting techniques used by various artists.  

Picture references and a supply list will be provided upon registration to help students combine these techniques into a finished picture. 

For more information and to register please visit www.charlenecollinsfreeman.com/workshops/

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A bit more about Rhonda, in her own words:

After a fulfilling career in the field of education, my interest in drawing and painting reemerged.  I have always enjoyed viewing other people’s art and learning about it, but had not ventured into creating art myself until I became an ‘empty nester.’  I currently enjoy painting in watercolors and working with colored pencils.  I have taken several drawing and watercolor classes from Charlene Collins Freeman which has helped me hone my skills as an artist.  My interest in colored pencils began after taking a workshop from Eileen Sorg, then further developed after taking portrait classes from Ann Kullberg. 

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Some of my most satisfying early art memories involve coloring with crayons.  I was a ‘stay in the lines’ girl but enjoyed experimenting with the use of different pressures and creating different values within a picture.  That same joy has returned as I have developed skills with colored pencils. 

For more information and to register for my workshops, please visit https://charlenecollinsfreeman.com/workshops/

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Charlene Freeman