4-Day Intermediate Colored Pencil Class with Deborah Maklowski

Take your colored pencil skills and knowledge to the next level with artist Deborah Maklowski, Colored Pencil Society of America, President

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4-Day INTERMEDIATE COLORED PENCIL with Deborah Maklowski, CPSA, CPX SAVE the DATES: 4 Sundays / September 5, 12, 19, 26, 2021 / 11 am to 2 pm

*It is strongly urged that prospective students complete the 1-day Introduction to Colored Pencil Workshop (call HorseSpirit) before attempting Intermediate classes.*

Take your colored pencil skills and knowledge to the next level as you work on your own drawing project with colored pencil artist Deborah Maklowski at HorseSpirit Arts Gallery in Historic Savage Mill. In four 3-hour classes, you will learn how to use the principles of design to evaluate and make the most creative use of your reference materials, transfer your drawing onto your paper, develop a palette and color plan, and apply multiple layers of translucent color to complete your drawing.

For everyone’s safety, Teachers & Students are required to be vaccinated & to wear masks, thank you.

  • SAVE the DATES: 4 Sundays / September 5, 12, 19, 26, 2021
  • TIMES: 11 am to 2 pm
  • COST: $150 per student CLASS SIZE: 8 students maximum

Ellicott City artist Deborah Maklowski works in a variety of genres, including impressionist plein air landscapes in pastel and acrylic, representational drawings in colored pencil, graphite and ink, and abstracts in colored pencil, acrylic, and collage. Deborah studied drawing and painting with private instructors from the age of 9 through high school and continued her training in college while majoring in Art History. She maintains her professional development through workshops with nationally known instructors, networking with her fellow artists, and a focused studio and plein air practice. She is a signature member of the Colored Pencil Society of America, currently serving on the CPSA national governing board as President. She is also a past president and signature member of the Maryland Pastel Society, a juried member of the Pastel Society of America and the Miniature Painters, Sculptors & Gravers Society of Washington D.C., and a member of the Mid-Atlantic Plein Air Painters Association and the Cider Painters of America. Her award-winning work has been juried into numerous national and regional exhibitions and plein air competitions and is included in private collections across the U.S. Deborah Maklowski, CPSA, CPX

Payment Options:

  • Call HorseSpirit Arts 301-490-2001, credit card $150.00 [no fee]
  • At HorseSpirit Arts, cash, gift card, or credit card $150.00 [no fee]
  • Eventbrite $150.00 plus $10.76 EB fee totaling $160.76
  • Tickets are not refundable, they are transferable to someone of your choosing.
  • In the event this class is canceled you will be notified via email.

Necessary Info:

  • For everyone’s safety, Teachers & Students are required to be fully vaccinated & to wear masks.
  • HorseSpirit Arts Gallery is a renovated 1822 barn, and our classroom is on the 2nd floor accessible only by stairs.
  • There is no elevator, but we will assist in carrying supplies.
  • Bring your lunch & a beverage, we have a bubbler where you can refill water bottles

Supply List:

Pencils: A set (48 minimum; 72 recommended) of artist-grade colored pencils. Suggested brands include:

  • Prismacolor Premier
  • Faber-Castell Polychromos
  • Derwent Artists, Studio, ProColour, Lightfast, or ColourSoft
  • Caran d’Ache Luminance or Pablo
  • Blick Studio
  • Bruynzeel Design
  • Koh-I-Noor Polycolor
  • Lyra Rembrandt Polycolor

If you’re considering buying any other brand, call me first!! Call between 8:00 am and 8:00 pm at 410-707-4874

  • DO NOT bring Pencils Sets marked “watercolor” or “aquarelle” for this class.
  • Unless your pencils come pre-sharpened, please sharpen them all before the 2nd class.
  • Paper: Stonehenge (white) or Strathmore 300 Series Bristol Vellum are good to start with, but any white, professional quality drawing paper that is acid-free and at least 250 gsm or 90 lb weight will do. If you’re new to this class, we will start with a small drawing, at around 6” x 8” – so a 9” x 12” pad of paper will be fine.

Also bring:

  • Pencil sharpener (battery-operated is handy, but a hand-held will do. Make sure the hole is big enough for your pencils! Derwent pencils, for example, have thick barrels and won’t fit into most office supply store sharpeners.
  • Kneaded eraser • Hard lead graphite pencil (2H recommended)
  • Low-tack white artist’s tape (3M 3051 tape or Post-It Removable Labeling Tape 695 are good)
  • Low-tack painter’s tape (black or white is best)
  • Good ruler (at least 12”; 18” better)
  • Lightweight board (Any sturdy, smooth and clean board that you can tape your drawing paper to is fine; a giant pricey drawing board is not necessary! Something about 11”x14” will do just fine for a 9”x12” piece of paper)
  • One to three photos from which you want to work.

Before the first class:

  • Make and bring a good black-and-white copy of each of the photographs you plan to bring. (Use the “lighter/darker” functions on your printer to make sure the B&W copy is not too dark or too light.)
  • Make color swatches (optional) of all your colored pencils – 1” x 1” squares will do – on the same paper you plan to use for your drawing; label each square with the color name or number.
  • Week 1: We’ll discuss the principles of design, working from photographs, and the different ways to transfer your image to the drawing surface. Then the instructor will work with each student individually to choose the photograph to work from and develop a specific plan for the project, with respect to image composition, drawing surface, and color palette and plan.

Before the second class:

  • Transfer your image to the drawing surface so you’re ready to start with colored pencil in week 2.
  • Make color swatches of all your colored pencils (no longer optional!).

If you have any questions about the supplies or the class plan, call me between 8:00 am and 8:00 pm at 410-707-4874, or email me at


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