Master Class- Painting Birds on Suede Board, Level: Intermediate/ Advanced

Richard Banh, Instructor

“Ruby”, original pastel by Richard Banh

Friday and Sat. March 20th, 21st, 11:30am – 4:30pm. Cost: $145.

Suede mat boards are widely used in pastel paintings for giving the piece a velvet-looking finish, with deep color.  Colors can be layered or blended easily, giving you exactly the look you want.  Richard Banh will teach the techniques of painting birds on the suede surface.

Supplies: Please bring your favorite pastels, mainly soft, and a few hard.  You will need 4-5 sheets of suede mat board, normally sold in packs of 4 that are 32×40″.  They need to be trimmed to approx. 9×12″ or 11×14″.  Here is link for

***Refunds and credits will be issued only for class cancellations and postponements.

Drawing and painting have been Richard’s passion since an early age. Although he arrived on the art scene later in his life, his raw talent continues to propel his works into masterpieces.  At the 2019 Gala Auction at the Lost Pines Art Center, his pastel landscape sparked a bidding war among donors, as his work continues to be in such high demand.  Richard exclusively teaches private sessions, but we were honored he agreed to teach for our Immersion Weekend.

Richard’s story:

From early 2007 to late 2009, I took art classes from artist Denise Larue Mahlke, PSA. My intention was to learn to paint with oil. After a few lessons, I was introduced to pastels during her art classes and was intrigued by the vibrancy of the medium. As I learned to paint with pastels, I realized that I can express my feelings and passion toward the subject(s) of my paintings best through pastels. It became my choice to use this medium to develop my art skills. I delayed learning how to paint with oil until early 2011, which I have done with artist Michael Windberg. I took more workshops with other artists such as Steve Napple, Susan Carlin, Libby Peters, Bob Rohm, Rae Andrews and Rita Kirkman. I give credit to Denise Larue Mahlke as my most significant mentor and teacher with regards to my artistic development.

Richard Banh

  • March 20, 2020
    11:30 am - 4:30 pm
  • March 21, 2020
    11:30 am - 4:30 pm