Melissa Miller Nece

THE SECRET WEAPONS OF COLORED PENCIL

Two-day Colored Pencil Workshop

October 23 & 24, 2021 10:00 - 4:30
Fairfield Inn by Marriott

Schaumburg, IL

(847) 541-3347

Workshop Description:

Arm yourself with the secret weapons of colored pencil!As a fine art medium, colored pencil is versatile, inexpensive, and easy to master. Whether you are new to colored pencils or experienced with them, you will discover techniques for effective results. Working with specialty erasers and household items, you will learn how to smooth and blend color and to create convincing textures rapidly—without heavy pressure and repetitive strokes.

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Wall of Water by Melissa Miller Nece

You will then apply these techniques on a project – choose from a supplied subject or bring your own. As you work, learn details to look for, what should be brought out or minimized, and practice shortcuts to finish more quickly. Class discussion can include color mixing, presentation, and other topics. Supplies provided include a 9x12" pad of Stonehenge paper, assorted sample papers, erasers and surprise tools, color and outline reference images for exercises and practice projects.

Lesson Plan:

The first morning will include a series of exercises to familiarize you with tools and techniques, as well as discussion of pencil and paper types. In the afternoon, work on projects provided in your kit. The second day, you may continue the same projects or choose another from available references and outlines or bring your own. There will be mini demonstrations as needed, depending on class interests (three-color palette, skin tones, foliage, backgrounds, miniature art, etc.). There will be plenty of individual attention and frequent group demonstrations.

But because sometimes things need to be expressed that are not literally visible, she also has an abstract body of work—and she’s ready to guide you through her intuitive approach to that too!

Melissa holds fifteen-year merit CPSA and CPX signature memberships. Her colored pencil work also took her into the world of miniature art; numerous acceptances and awards in miniature shows earned her signature membership in the Miniature Artists of America. Melissa has a BFA from Lake Erie College and has been teaching drawing, colored pencil, and oil and acrylic painting at Dunedin Fine Art Center since 1990.


Moving to Florida in 1989, Melissa found the subject matter that always spoke most strongly to her. She still has beach drawings from her childhood in the Chicago area, and now she is best known for her realistic drawings of Florida beaches. She says, “The beach is a stage for human activity,” and she draws that activity from a viewpoint that takes the viewer back to their own experiences.