“Finish Line” by Aline Ordman

Award-winning pastelist Aline Ordman will teach an abstract thinking workshop Aug. 23-25 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily at at Art League Academy, the teaching arm of Art League of Hilton Head.

“We don’t have to paint green grass just because that’s what is in a picture. Let’s say goodbye to overworked tight pastels and oils and learn to create loose, bold but still illustrative paintings,” said Ordman, a master painter in both oils and pastels.

Ordman has won numerous awards, exhibits nationally and internationally, and has served on the jury of numerous art shows and festivals. This August, she will hold a three-day workshop, “Using Abstract Thinking to Create Illustrative Paintings (in Oil or Pastel),” teaching students of all skill levels how to break down a scene into abstract shapes in order to better convey movement and feeling.

During the workshop, students will expand their color sensitivity and gain an understanding of color temperature, intensity and value, all while further developing their individual styles. Ordman will hold daily painting demonstrations and give plenty of personal attention to students.

“We’re so excited to have a visiting instructor of Aline’s caliber,” says Amy Wehrman, Academy manager. “Her experience in both painting and teaching are unparalleled, and we feel extremely lucky to have her for three full days.”

Ordman is known for her vivid paintings and creative use of color. She recently won the top prize in the Pastel Journal 100 competition. She is an award-winning Master Pastelist with the Pastel Society of America, a Signature Member of both the American Impressionistic Society and the Oil Painters of America, and a Master Circle Pastelist with the International Association of Pastel Societies.

Cost for the workshop is $400, or $360 for Art League members. Students will be working from their own photo references. All levels are welcome.

For more information and to register, visit artleaguehhi.org and click on classes, then search by the instructor’s name.

Art League Academy is located at 106 Cordillo Parkway on Hilton Head Island.