Margaret Glass tutors in Suzhou, China

Margaret describes her invitation and experiences in China:

'At the beginning of the year I was asked by the French Pastel society if I would like to go to China to tutor three two-day courses in pastel. It was an opportunity that I couldn't refuse, so the middle of July found me at the Ming Jia Art Education Centre in Suzhou, China. Suzhou is a vey large modern city about one and a half hours drive from Shanghai. In the summer the temperatures are very high and it reached forty degrees one day! My students, all I sixty five of them, were Art teachers, Secondary students and Primary students from Beijing.

There is a growing passion for pastel in China and Simon at the Jai Ming Art Education Centre is at the forefront of this. I was greeted enthusiasm and afforded great hospitality. My students were keen to learn more, as most of them had only been using pastel for about a year or so. I was supplied with a basic set of seventy two pastels and paper, the same as the students. This was somewhat limiting and a bit of a challenge for me as it wasn't what you might call a landscape range.

Next to the Education Centre is the Ming Art Gallery where, throughout the summer, there is an international exhibition of pastel paintings. This exhibition was reviewed in a national art paper, so the medium is getting the publicity it fully deserves.
I was delighted to be able to participate in a small way and be involved in the growing awareness of the pastel medium'.


Featured Artist

Jeannette Hayes
Hayes Jeannette Yesterday
' Yesterday '
by Jeannette Hayes


Jeannette Hayes PPS 

Biographical Details:

Born in Sweden 1962 Studied Foundation Studies at the Royal Berkshire College of Art B.A (Hons) Fine Art/ Painting at Kingston University
President and Publicity Secretary of THE PASTEL SOCIETY


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Artist's Statement:

Alive with a dynamic expressive energy the landscapes of Jeannette Hayes resonate with a liberated optimistic creativity.
In works that are constructed out of lines and blocks of evocative colour, abstract activity is finely balanced with landscape reference. A love of the exquisiteness and drama of the natural world conveys itself in the drawn marks, gestures and accents of colour. Colour plays a central role - titles often contain a colour: ‘Spring Green’, ‘Orange Mousa’, or ‘Blue Snowing’ - setting an ambient mood to the recording of her experience of a place. This gives the works a poetic quality that is in keeping with the way they were conceived.

Selected Exhibitions:

Dulwich Picture Gallery, Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh The Discerning Eye, London Diorama Gallery Bartley Drey Gallery Chelsea Art Society The Society of Wildlife Artists Annual Exhibition Carlyle Gallery The Gallery, Mayfair Pond Galleries ART LONDON The Arts Club, Dover Street The Bedale Gallery Galerie Aaders, La Garde Freinet, France Manor House Gallery Hampshire Art Fair Mercer Art Gallery, Harrogate Beverley Knowles Fine Art, London The Salt House Gallery, St Ives St David’s Hall, Cardiff Piers Feetham Gallery Alresford Gallery Linda Blackstone Gallery Southampton City Art Gallery Frost and Reed, London Royal Academy of Arts (Summer Exhibition) Gallery LeFort, Bath Martin’s Gallery, Cheltenham Artwave West, Dorset Lion Street Gallery, Hay on Wye The Pastel Society Annual Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London

Selected Awards and Prizes:

Adam & Company/ Spectator Art Prize, Edinburgh 1992 Unison Pastel Materials Award, Pastel Society 2000, 2002 The Arts Club Award, Pastel Society Annual Exhibition 2004, 2010 The Debra Manifold Memorial Award, Pastel Society 2005, 2008 Ages Reeve Memorial – Chelsea Art Society 2005 The Henri Roche Pastel Award, Pastel Society 2012 The Derwent Award, Pastel society 2014


Images Shown on Welcome Page (Detail  only):

'The Avenue'
'Orange Hill'
'Orange Walk'
'Red Sun'
'Spring Hedge'
'Blue Hills'


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