Master Painting Workshop at Senior Center Oct. 28

by | Oct 27, 2014


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The Auburn Senior Center will host award-winning pastel artist Gregory John Maichack’s workshop: “Sublime Sunflowers: How to Pastel Paint Like the Masters,” from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 28. The workshop is for everyone, from sheer beginners to advanced adult artists, and is free. Please preregister at (508) 832-4385.

In this workshop for adults, Maichack will provide insights into the lives of the old masters who painted the sunflower — Vincent van Gogh, Monet — and Georgia O’Keeffe. A beautifully structured sunflower drawing of one of O’Keeffe’s sunflower paintings will be the jumping-off point for participants as they are coached to create their own sunflower pastel painting. The essentials of pastel painting will be demonstrated. All will keep their pastel paintings and use hundreds of professional-grade materials.

Maichack, a Massachusetts Gold Star Program nominee, will individually demonstrate the essentials of painting with pastels, and he will display his original pastel artwork to illustrate his talk. His demo of expressive pastel painting shows how to achieve luminous color and volume, how to structure an engaging composition, and tips on creating impact.

Maichack’s workshops have been so well-liked, many libraries and senior centers have booked and rebooked him, often twice a year. “What I heard through students’ comments reflects a teaching style that is rare: Encouraging, positive and constructive, with information given in a style that students find approachable, accessible, and clear,” wrote Melinda Georgeson, Director of Education, Norman Rockwell Museum.

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Maichack lives in Holyoke, MA. He is a portraitist and painter working primarily in pastels and winner of the Award of Merit from the Bennington Center for the Arts: Impressions of New England Show 2003, and Savoir-faire Pastel Award from the Great Lakes Pastel Society. Maichack, commissioned by Westfield State College, painted the pastel portrait of the past college president, Frederick Woodward, which was unveiled at the dedication of the Woodward Center.

He has been in many national juried shows and been awarded hundreds of Massachusetts Cultural Council grants. In addition to his portraiture, Maichack’s still lifes and landscapes are represented by galleries from Kennenbunkport, Maine to San Francisco, California. More information is available at his web site at

As well as his portraiture, his still lifes and landscapes are represented by galleries from Kennebunkport, Maine, to San Francisco, California. Visit his website at

Maichack is a faculty member of the Quadrangle Museum School at the Museum of Fine Arts in Springfield, MA. He also teaches at Greenfield and Holyoke Community Colleges in their adult continuing education departments.

This project is supported in part from a grant from the Auburn Cultural Council, a local agency that is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.