Working in a direct method, we will explore how proper value choices can make or break a painting. The importance of observation in the field, under painting methods, temperature changes and color harmony’s as well as working economically to catch the changing environment.
Weather permitting, class will be held in a prearranged location, a short demo, and student painting with one on one direction. If time permits, a framing demo using the French envelope method.

Class Supply List- Please bring with you to class
Soft pastels in a sufficient range of values (light to dark)
Within the 6 major colors, red, yellow, green, blue, orange, and violet. At least 125 minimum. A variety of soft and hard, all brands (Sennelier, Schminke, Rembrandt, Terry Ludwig, Unison). Make sure to have a few very dark greens and  violets. Sennelier has great dark greens. Unison, blues and violets. Lightest values should still possess color, warm and cool. Conte sticks in dark blue for sketching. Dick Blick is a good source for purchasing pastels a la carte.
Support sizes
Standard sizes, no larger than 11x14, at least 4-5 pieces
UArt paper 400 grit, Clairfontaine Pastemat (velour in brown, my favorite!) Wallis paper (if you can find it)
A Masonite board
Masking tape
Baby wipes
Small sketchbook, pencil, kneaded eraser, grey value markers (optional)
Sturdy plein air easel
Small table to support pastel box
Paint brush
Hat, sunscreen
In case of inclement weather, a few photos to paint from.

Kim Diment 

Everything You Wanted to Know About Acrylics But Were Afraid to Ask

Schedule of Classes

"The object isn't to make art, it's to be in that wonderful state that makes art inevitable." Robert Henri

I discovered pastel and plein air (out of door) painting at the same time and knew I had found my niche.  I prefer painting from life but dabble in studio work as well. My art education spans many decades with an associate degree in fine art, to studying under master artists. But my time painting in nature has been my best education. Careful observation and understanding how light affects objects outdoors,  and being true to what I see , has helped me move in a progressive track forward.
I am a member of the Great Lakes Pastel Society, an associate member of the Pastel Society of America, as well as one of the largest plein air painting groups in the country,  the Light Chasers of Sarasota, Florida. My works can be found in both private and corporate collections, and I have won a list of painting competitions as well as local, regional and national awards.  

Class is Full


Summer Art Camp Announcements!

An Adventure in Art

Laura Kelly & Caroline Smith 

4 day summer art camps

Fee - $80 per session:

  • August 21 - 24 from 9 am - noon


Traveling the World Through Art

Lori Bolt

5 day summer art camps

Fee: $100

June 26 - 31 from / 9 am - noon

Tool Time

Frank Hasseld

5 day summer art camp

Fee - $100

August 7 - 11 from 9 am - noon

More classes are currently  being added to the Fall line up. Please stay tuned.

Louise Pond

Pastels-Seeing The Light

​September 15 - 16, 9 am -  4 pm


August 19-20, 9am-4pm
Class Fee: $95

For people who have some experience in painting and want to learn more about the use of acrylics. Kim will teach different methods, some tried and true techniques and some new ones.