Exploring Oils, Pastels, and Charcoal - Josh Mitchel

Touchstone Center for Crafts

Monday, June 27, 2016 - Friday, July 1, 2016
Touchstone Center for Crafts 1049 Wharton Furnace Road FarmingtonPA  15437
Monday, June 27, 2016 - Friday, July 1, 2016
Touchstone Center for Crafts 1049 Wharton Furnace Road FarmingtonPA  15437

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What's Included

This workshop will enable you to utilize the visual qualities of oils, pastels, and charcoal in a competent and confident manner. Several exercises, including contour and value studies of the hand, sighting a corner of the room, blind contouring, and gesture drawings, will be explored using these three mediums. In addition, sketches will be started in the field, then resolved in the studio. Our creative experience will be enhanced by using the beautiful Touchstone campus, the painting studio, and field trips to nearby Ohiopyle State Park, Shepherd’s Farm, Christian Klay Winery, and other sites. At night and during any inclement weather, we will be in the studio creating still lifes and working on sketches from the field. Learn more about William at the “Exploring Oils, Pastels, and Charcoal” workshop registration page at

About This Organizer

Touchstone is located in Farmington, Pennsylvania, amid the natural splendor of the Laurel Highlands. Founded in 1972 as the Pioneer Crafts Council, Touchstone's original mission was to foster interest in the preservation of the traditional craft forms and culture of the Appalachian region. Today, the craft school has expanded to include a wide variety of traditional and emerging craft forms, including blacksmithing, ceramics, metal, jewelry, textiles, glass, painting, mosaics, and printmaking. In addition to offering seasonal craft courses taught by nationally renowned artisans, Touchstone provides underserved audiences in the region, from senior citizens to public school students, with craft-centered educational programming. Touchstone's artistic, educational, and residential facilities sit on 150 acres of lush woodlands and pristine wilderness. The campus is covered with towering trees, unique rock formations, and wildflower meadows, and is crossed by McIntyre Run, a rushing stream.


Not only is Touchstone Center for Crafts the only residential craft school in Pennsylvania, it's the natural setting for your creative nature.


Touchstone's mission is to advance excellence in the arts and crafts by educating and encouraging individuals to develop technical skills, good design, and innovative expression. To realize this mission, the school offers workshops, exhibitions, lectures, demonstrations, and other forms of artistic and educational programming throughout the year. Dedicated to achieving national prominence and local relevance, Touchstone strives for national distinction by recruiting some of the best artists in the country to teach high-quality craft workshops that attract a geographically diverse audience. The organization strives for local relevance by providing educational and outreach programming that serves a wide variety of the underserved populations in Fayette County and other parts of southwestern Pennsylvania.

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