PRIZM offers Pastel Workshop

Posted Sep 27th, 2010 by Barbara Billmaier  Category: Arts & Entertainment


PRIZM Creative Community invites both members and non-members to a “Black & White” portrait workshop for pets or people with artist Elizabeth Jordan. Starting from a photo of their choice and using a black and white palette of pastels, charcoals and acrylics participants will work from step by step instruction to create a finished multimedia portrait. Two separate workshops are planned at the Way Library, 101 East Indiana Ave., Perrysburg. Participants may choose either Saturday, Oct. 9, from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm or Wednesdays Oct. 13 & 20 from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm. Cost for either session is $30 for PRIZM members and $40 for non-members. Participants wanting more supervision to complete their projects may opt to attend both Saturday and Wednesday sessions for $55 for PRIZM members and $65 for non-members. No prior experience is needed however there is a required supply list is posted online at under the online registration section for Workshops. For questions or registration contact Gene Guernsey at 419-893-0414 or register on-line at

Elizabeth Jordan was born and raised in Sandusky. She was interested in art as young child and attended a vocational commercial art program in high school and studied graphic communications at Terra Technical College. She moved to Toledo to pursue employment in art field. While working at Chrysler she entered the company’s 2002 national artist competition winning an honorable mention. Several years later she won top honors in this event. In 2005 she was commissioned to illustrate the portrait of former CEO Dr. Deiter Zetche, and later commissioned for a portrait of Mr. Nate Cooden. Ms. Jordan’s work has been showcased at Toledo Museum of Art, Michigan’s Black Lake Area and Chrysler’s National Convention in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Elizabeth Jordan describes herself as a Christian African-American artist. Her vision for her artwork is a creative expression that encourages, enlightens and heals. Her work focuses on up-beat, family oriented portraits of individuals, couples, parents with children and other groups of people. While she has focused on the African-American experience, Ms. Jordan looks for opportunities to expand her work to include various cultural interactions or “slices of life” from the human experience to be enjoyed and appreciated by all viewers.

Ms. Jordan emphasizes that this workshop is not to learn how to draw a likeness but to train the eye to see lights and darks allowing the participant to achieve skin tones and depth of the subject matter by using black and white shading techniques.

PRIZM Creative Community is a 501 c. 3 nonprofit organization currently receiving partial funding from the Ohio Arts Council and Toledo Community Foundation. For more information on upcoming PRIZM educational workshops in the visual and literary arts   visit our website, email or call 419-931-8732.

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