Teaches: Colored Pencil
Rita Paradis earned her BA in English Literature from Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec in 1977 and a BFA in Printmaking from the University of Massachusetts/Amherst in 1983. She is a signature member of the Colored Pencil Society of America and has had pieces accepted ten times in CPSA’s International Exhibition; winning Awards of Excellence twice. Rita is also a signature member of the Connecticut Pastel Society. She has won several awards in national, juried exhibitions and local shows. She was honored by inclusion in a book by Ann Kulberg entitled: Colored Pencil Masterworks from Around the Globe.
Rita also teaches alla prima oil painting workshops. These are one day workshops where students explore the wet-on-wet technique of oil painting.
You can view Rita’s work on her website ritaparadisfineart.com. She has been working in colored pencil for over forty years and has been teaching colored pencil techniques at Artsplace since 2004 and has recently begun offering colored pencil classes at Arts Escape in Southbury, CT. She has offered colored pencil workshops at the New Britain Museum of American Art, the Mattatuck Museum, Waterbury, CT and the Ocean County Artists Guild, Island Heights, NJ.
Rita has been fortunate to have studied under some fine professors at UMass Amherst, and more recently to have taken workshops with: Patti Mollica, Margaret Dyer, David Dunlop, Will McCarthy, Liz Kenyon, Janie Gildow, Ann Kullberg, Cecile Baird, Christine Camilleri, Frank Federico, Koo Schadler, Charles Solvek and Dreama Tolle Perry.
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