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Making Pastels with Alex Warren

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An introduction to making pastels with Alex Warren, owner of Sinopia Pigments & Materials. Join Alex Warren to discover how pastels are made from scratch, using chalk, pigments, and a binder. Through a demonstration, Alex Warren will share how pastels are made from scratch and give an introduction to types of glues, pigments, and chalks that can be used.
Alex Warren grew up in Germany, went to high school in Nashville, TN, and received a BFA at SFAI in 1990. Alex founded Sinopia in 1995 in San Francisco, specializing in pigments and traditional artist's materials. Learn more about Sinopia Pigments and Materials.
This program is in support of the exhibition, Color Into Line: Pastels from the Renaissance to the Present now on view at the Legion of Honor. This event is part of Virtual Wednesdays, a weekly YouTube broadcast bringing you unique viewpoints exploring diversity, resilience, and creative spirit in the arts as we aim to reframe our exhibitions and collections. View upcoming Virtual Wednesdays programs.

About the Exhibition

Color into Line: Pastels from the Renaissance to the Present presents a powerful selection of masterpiece drawings done with pastel, one of the most versatile and adaptable media in art history. Spanning from the Renaissance to most recent artistic experimentations—from Rosalba Carriera to Mary Cassatt and Edgar Degas to John Altoon and Wayne Thiebaud—the narrative highlights technical aspects with an emphasis on the design process behind the works. Drawn mostly from the Fine Arts Museums’ own holdings in the Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts, the museums’ department of works on paper, the exhibition celebrates the artistry of pastel through the richness of the Bay Area art collections with selected loans from local private collections and public institutions.

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