3-Day UART Workshop with Nancie King Mertz: “Plein Air, Pastel Immersion”
Location: Art DeTriumph and Anderson Japanese Gardens, Rockford, IL
Date: Saturday October 5th – Monday October 7th, 2024
Time: 8am – 4pm
Instructor: Nancie King Mertz
Medium: Pastels (soft & hard)
Skill level: Beginner to advanced
Number of Workshop Days: 3
Join Nancie King Mertz to find your artistic inspiration with dazzling Fall colors in Rockford, IL—named “The Forest City”. The final day will be at the Anderson Japanese Gardens, a botanical garden encompassing streams, waterfalls and winding pathways. This Pastel-Immersion Workshop will be an extraordinary opportunity to paint with pastels with the beauty of Fall. Short demos will be offered throughout the workshop to help clarify the techniques, as needed.
This is a rare opportunity to paint in gorgeous landscape and return at day’s end to ArtDeTriumph, a European-style retreat for a Happy Hour critique. Lodging is also available at ArtDeTriumph which can accommodate a maximum of eight guests in 4 shared rooms with twin beds, en suite baths.
Day One: 10/5/24 After 8am breakfast, Nancie’s plein air demo will begin at Haight Village, an historic enclave of restored Victorian homes in downtown Rockford. Painting & individual instruction until 4:00pm. Sack lunch at your leisure. Return to ArtDeTriumph for the Happy Hour critique. Dinner can be on-your-own or with the group at a local restaurant.
Day Two: 10/6/24 After 8am breakfast, Nancie’s plein air demo will begin at a downtown location in Rockford. Painting & individual instruction until 4:00pm. Sack lunch at your leisure. Return to ArtDeTriumph for the Happy Hour critique. Dinner can be on-your-own or with the group at a local restaurant.
Day Three: 10/7/24 After 8am breakfast, demo to begin promptly at 10am at Anderson Gardens. Painting & individual instruction allowed until 4:00pm. Return to ArtDeTriumph for the Happy Hour critique. Dinner can be on-your-own or with the group at a local restaurant.
About the Artist: An award winning artist, Nancie has spent her lifetime painting in oil and pastel. Nancie teaches across the US and internationally and is on the faculty for the Plein Air Convention and IAPS Convention. The Jack Richeson Co. offers her Urban Landscape Set and Atmospheric Landscape sets of 80 hand-selected pastels as well as 2 for the coastal palette: Stunning Skies & Water and Lush Coastal Foliage. Streamline Publishing filmed videos of her painting techniques for Lildahl DVD release. She has been named the 2022 Guest of Honor by Art du Pastel en France, with a show of her work featured in Giverny, France in May. She won the coveted IAPS Prix d’Pastel Award along with many Best in Shows around the country.
Nancie has traveled to nearly 25 countries and around the US for inspiration and teaching, however, Chicago remains one of her favorite cities to explore and paint, where she was twice named “Artist of the Year”. Nancie produces approximately 150 paintings each year, many on-site. Her husband, Ron, publishes her sold originals in Giclee prints & cards and they own ArtDeTriumph, a gallery/frame shop/learning center.
Visit Nancie at www.nanciekingmertz.com.