Color and Texture With Pastel: The Fruits of Winter

A gifted artist and a talented teacher, Terry Furchgott has made art her career and her passion for over forty years. She is currently represented by the Lisa Harris Gallery of Seattle, WA. Working primarily in acrylic and soft pastel, her paintings focus on the figure and are notable for their depth of color, strong, innovative compositions and exploration of the archetypal nature of human relationships. Furchgott received an honors degree in art history from Radcliffe College and studied classical drawing and painting at the Camden Arts Center, London. She brings a broad understanding of art history, seasoned practical experience, a continuing creative excitement and a questioning mind both to her creative process and to her work as a teacher. Furchgott has been the recipient of Individual Artist Awards and Fellowships from the Washington State Arts Commission, the King County Arts Commission and Artist Trust.
Along with her studio work she has also pursued a successful career in public art, completing large-scale commissions for the Seattle Center House, the Kent Regional Justice Center, the United States Post Office, the Regional Arts and Culture Council of Portland, the Fairbanks School District, Olympia High School and the Washington State Arts Commission among others. A community activist, Furchgott has used her talents as an artist to design and coordinate several key community projects including the Art to the People Project, a multidisciplinary arts celebration of Seattle’s African Americans, the Southeast Asian Poster Project and the Garfield High School Mentoring Program.
She is represented in key Northwest collections and her work can be viewed at the Microsoft Corporation, the WA Sate Arts Commission, the Seattle Center, Virginia Mason Medical Center, the UW Medical Center, Continental Bank, McDonald’s Corporation, Providence Hospital, Group Health, Federal Home Loan Bank, and the United States Postal Service.
All Levels Welcome

#304/Geo Studio, 3rd Floor
Gage Capitol Hill

  • 5 sheets white sketch paper 18″x24″, 80 or 90 lb, appropriate for pastel and charcoal
  • Art Spectrum Colourfix Sanded Paper, approx. 20″x26″: 1-2 sheets of Soft Umber (Rose Grey will also do if they do not have the Umber color)
  • Canson Mi-Teintes Pastel Paper, approx. 19″x25″: 2-3 sheets of Sand
  • 2 sheets of Buff or Hemp; 1 sheet of either Cadmium Yellow, Orange, or Wild Poppy
  • PASTELS, CHARCOAL, PENCILS: *If you already own a good selection of soft chalk pastels – NOT oil pastels! – you can probably use them, possibly adding colors you are missing from the list below; if not, buy the selection listed below. **Schminke Pastels are available at Dick Blick, Dakota Art, and possibly Daniel Smith; Rembrandt and Nupastels are sold singly at most art stores; all can be purchased online from Dick Blick among others.
  • Prismacolor Nupastels bought singly:
    • 211 White, 277 Ivory, 285 Indigo Blue, 229 Black, 448 Eden Green
    • 278 Dark Green, 222 Burnt Orange, 246 Rose Pink, 213 Sanguine
    • 254 Hyacinth Violet, 265 Ultramarine, 266 Pale Vermilion
    • 207 Chrome Yellow, 219 Warm Grey, 353 Cardovan, 318 Citrine Green, 336 Carnival Red, 304 Orchid, 238 Emerald Green, 243 Light Ochre, 406 Flamingo, 244 Blue Violet, 204 Sandlewood
  • Rembrandt Pastels bought singly:
    • Light Yellow #201.5, Raw Umber #608.3and #608.9, Permanent Yellow Green #633.5, Permanent Rose #397.9
  • Schminke Pastels bought singly:
    • Quinacridone Violet #048 B or D; Permanent Red 3 Deep #044D; Permanent Yellow 3 Deep # 004D or 004H
  • **Additional necessary pastels/colors will be supplied by Instructor
  • Vine charcoal, Soft – 2 or 3 sticks (Winsor and Newton is a good brand)
  • 1 kneaded eraser
  • 1 old toothbrush (VERY important)
  • 1 rag
  • 1 roll 3/4″ white artists tape or equivalent
  • Optional: 1 spray can Degas Casein base workable matte fixative (available from Dick Blick); 1-2 metal bulldog clip

*NOTE: There will be a $15 Materials Fee collected at the first class to cover the costs of additional pastels, and papers bought in bulk by the Instructor to keep student costs down (these are in addition to the materials on this list which are the student’s responsibility). All materials will be shown and discussed at the first class, so if you are not sure about anything make sure it is returnable and don’t use/open it until we meet. We will be using soft chalk pastels only, NO OIL PASTELS! Please contact me with any questions: Terry at (206) 919-0993

Luminous persimmons, the deep glow of purple grapes, a basket of warm-toned citrus – the rich medium of soft pastel is perfect for capturing the bold colors and subtle textures of winter fruit arranged in inspiring set ups with glazed ceramics, and brightly patterned drapery. Completing both alla prima studies and finished works, you explore pastel mark-making and layering techniques, palette choice and the successful use of color, rendering structure with light and shadow, and the creation of diverse textures. You strive to capture the essence of what you see balancing spontaneity with finished detail, and to reproduce the luminous beauty of fruits with boldness and simplicity. $15 payable to Instructor for materials additional to those on the Student Supply List.