Jan Schopen, whose colored pencil piece “Tomatoes” was deemed Best in Show at
the recent Binders’ Art Show at Mint Hill Arts, will share her appreciation of and
facility with colored pencils at the August Monthly Demonstration at Mint Hill
Arts. Her presentation is titled “The Beauty of Colored Pencils.” She will cover
the two aspects of the words “beauty of.” First, she will describe the features
afforded by this wax-based medium that allows the creation of beautiful images of
nature and still life. Second, she will touch on the beauty of working with a
medium that requires few materials and supplies and no clean up!
Nature is full of color and contrast, and that is what captures Schopen’s
imagination as she works with colored pencils. The medium allows her to
incorporate intense colors, create extreme contrasts in values and tones, and
capture precise detail in her images. The types of works she has created include
stylized florals, animal portraits, extreme close-ups, and realistic depictions.
Schopen grew up in the Midwest and earned a degree in Fine Arts from Taylor
University in Indiana. She and her husband moved to the Mint Hill Area in 1994
where they have raised three children. She joined the teaching staff at Mint Hill
Arts two years ago and her course “Colored Pencils Basics” is offered there
Schopen’s demonstration will be hands-on and supplies will be provided. The
presentation begins at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 28, at the Mint Hill Arts
Gallery at 11025 Lawyers Road in Mint Hill. The public is invited and the lecture
is free, so mark your calendars to attend.