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Color Pencil Projects

Below is a selection of my COLOR PENCIL seminars and all are available to schedule for your art group. For each seminar, the student is required to bring the materials, unless otherwise indicated. For your convenience, I supply a materials list for each project, as well as, the paper with the pattern already applied.  In the case of the painting seminars, I supply the project pattern and the student will transfer the pattern onto the painting surface during class time. Complete step-by-step, full color instructions are provided for each student, as well as a full color reference photo.

Bird of Paradise
Join Mark Menendez, and create this exotic
Bird of Paradise using Using Prismacolor Pencils. This tropical plant bears a unique flower that resembles the plumage of a brightly colored bird in flight. The colorful flower contrasts beautifully against the thick, waxy leaf backdrop. Mark will guide you using clear step-by-step instructions, creating the illusion of three-dimensional form and depth by applying the rich, vibrant colors in layers. This Seminar is for Beginners to Advanced Students.
Proud Peacock in Color Pencil
The majestic peacock has always been a favorite subject of artists. In ancient Greek and Roman mythology, a favored human was transformed at his death by Hera/Juno, queen of the gods, into the vigilant watchman of Olympus. Each of the “EYES” or OCELLI on his tail was constantly monitoring any intrusion into their abode. In this project, you will use rich, vibrant color to create this stunning wildlife portrait, including my popular technique for creating lifelike eyes and the other distinctive f
Blue Crab
It is an unusual subject, but so interesting, with lots of techniques to learn. The mixed-media technique for the sand is so easy, you won't believe it! This project is designed for intermediate students.
Flamingo
Nothing is more emblematic of Florida than the striking plumage of the American Flamingo, the tall, flaming red-orange-pink wading bird with it’s long, graceful neck and thick downturned bill. This fun new project offers an interesting and useful mixed media technique, including color theory, secrets for capturing the texture of feathers and the depth of the jewel-like eye. Join me and learn to capture the bold, intense color of this beautiful bird. Designed for beginners to intermediate student
Blue Iris
This dramatic blue iris is created in color pencil on dark blue Canson Mi-Tientes paper. Using Mark's 4 color approach to achieve realism, students will learn light, shadow and form.
Giraffe Love
This Project,“Giraffe Love” captures a sweet and tender moment between a mother and child. You will learn how to create strong three dimensional form; realistic features;  a mixed media technique; and the use of compliments to achieve maximum, vibrant lighting and color.
    This seminar is recommended for beginner to intermediate students.
Also available as a watercolor seminar.
Morning Hibiscus
This highly realistic floral color pencil piece is created by employing an unique approach. By using a complimentary color as an undertone, the colors become bold and vibrant. Using my four-value approach, you will learn how to easily create depth and realism.
Cowboy Classics
A dandy project for western art lovers! Cowboys are never without these essentials. In this fun project, you will learn to create the look of tooled leather, felt on the hat, metal and wood on the gun. This project is for beginners to advanced students.
Kris Kringle
ONE-DAY SEMINAR
THIS IS A CROPPED VERSION OF MY FULL SIZE ST. NICK TWO-DAY SEMINAR, WHERE THE UPPER PORTION IS DETAILED IN AND
8-1/2 x 11 size to finish in the one day. In this project you will learn my techniques for skin tones that will help you when you create your own portraits. This project s designed for the intermediate student.
Memories of Mom
A nostalgic piece to remember our Mom's and Grandmother's. Many color pencil techniques are taught: glass, metal, porcelain, floral, portraits.
Amaryllis
One of the most majestic & striking flowers is the amaryllis. The blades arrive first, followed by the long stalks, each producing an abundance of scarlet blossoms, each emblazoned by a white star- burst. In this Color Pencil seminar, I will provide easy-to-follow, practical instruction, demonstrating how to interpret and choose QUADRATONES, my reliable four-value method for creating dramatic and realistic three-dimensional form through high contrast of light and shadow. Beginner to Intermediate
Winter Cardinal
In this fun, seminar, you will learn many valuable techniques to broaden your color pencil skills. I created this project, “Winter Cardinal” to explore helpful color pencil techniques that carry over to other wildlife projects. You will be introduced to the techniques of feather texture, how to capture the glass-like quality in the eyes; and a new soft focus background technique. This is an excellent seminar for beginners with minimal pencils required.
Golden Iris
One of my most popular seminars! It’s a fun and easy to learn mixed-media project that offers you techniques that are helpful for creating stunning florals.
Also available as an oil or acrylic seminar.
Brown Pelican
An perennial
favorite here in our Sunshine State is the ever-present Brown Pelican. This fun and easy project offers the students new skills in creating realism in both a wildlife and seascape subjects!
Colorful White
In this interesting seminar, I will be presenting techniques that differ from the previous projects I have offered. The new techniques will include: the many colors reflected in white; temperature, both cool and warm; reflective surfaces; transparent glass; and metal. All done without heavy burnishing or layering.
This seminar is
designed for any student, beginner, intermediate or professional.
Also available as an oil/acrylic or watercolor seminar.
White Tail Buck
In this seminar you will learn how to create a White Tail Buck, using new and helpful color pencil techniques that carry over to other projects. You will be introduced to the techniques of capturing the coat and antlers; how to capture the glass-like quality of the eyes; and how to render a dramatically lit subject.

This seminar is designed for the beginner or intermediate student.
Ginger Cat
In this seminar you will learn how to create this long hair “Ginger Cat” from head to tail, using new and helpful color pencil methods that carry over to other projects. You will be introduced to the techniques of layering, burnishing, and detailing; capturing the illusion of light, shadow and the form on the body; rendering the fur; how to capture the glass-like quality of the eyes and the features of the face.

This seminar is designed for beginner to intermediate students.
Oranges Slices
This project is ideal for the beginner to color pencil. Can be completed in 4-6 hours.
Jungle Macaw
One of my most colorful and favorite projects that I offer, this stunning Jungle Macaw offers one of my secret techniques for simplifying what seems to be a complicated background.
Chief Raven Hair Portrait
In this exciting project, “Chief Raven Hair,” we will explore several helpful color pencil techniques that carry over to other projects. You will be introduced to my easy to learn portrait method; how to create a variety of textures; how to capture dramatic lighting to emphasize form; and color principles and selection. This is seminar is recommended for intermediate to advanced students.
Robin's Nest
This easy mixed media project, employs both color pencil and acrylic paint, and is designed to introduce the beginning enthusiast on how to apply color pencil over a pre-painted surface. This project is designed for beginning through intermediate students.
Marsh Frog
This colorful, popular project offers you tips and techniques on how use my unique Four-Value approach to creating solid FORM. In addition, you will learn how to use color pencil over a pre-painted surface. This project is designed for intermediate students.
Frostie Friends
How many times have you painted a snowman? Well, you'll find this jolly fellow and his little friend to be delightfully different than the other snowmen you've created! You'll learn my techniques for creating the texture of glistening snow, the patterned scarf, and the aurora borealis background. My unique approach of using toned paper, mixed media, and a minimum of layering will prove very helpful for any of your future creations.
Christmas Sleigh
This dramatic color pencil project will offer my unique approach to rendering the brilliant, illumination of candlelight. Created with a greater degree of laying, or burnishing, I will offer the secret techniques of underpainting, contrasting values, complimentary hues, metallic surfaces and reflected light, reflected surfaces, all offered in an easy to understand manner.

This seminar is designed for the beginner, intermediate or professional.
Fruit of the Vine
In this Color Pencil Project, this striking still life offers the student techniques in transparent glass, luminosity of the grapes, reflections on surfaces, reflected light, and a mixed media approach. In this color pencil series, “Light and Color,” we will be studying dramatic lighting found in nature, and the very unique characteristics found in chiaroscuro lighting, a technique used by the old masters like Caravaggio and Rembrandt.

This workshop is designed for beginner to intermediate
Water Lily
This project is perfect for beginners to color pencil. The vibrant color of this project is achieved by the use of a white paper surface, rather than toned paper. You will learn my unique Four-Value approach to color, which will help you in other projects.
Monarch Butterfly
Wouldn’t you rather be thinking of Spring? I created this project, “Monarch Butterfly” to explore helpful color pencil techniques that carry over to other wildlife projects. You will be introduced to the techniques using ink and color pencil together; how to create translucent wings; how to capture dramatic lighting to emphasize form; and a new soft focus background technique. This is an excellent seminar for beginners.
Timber Wolf
Color pencil is a delightful medium that is less intimidating for the beginner than painting in oils or acrylics, and is clean and dust-free unlike pastels. The precision of the color pencils allow for realistic fur, a perfect way to create masterful animal portraits. Using toned paper creates a unity to the image, and the makes the job much easier than working from a white surface. You not only learn to create the fur, but also the glass-like expressive eyes of this magnificent wolf.
African Lion
If you are looking for a beginner's wildlife project, this is the one. Many of the techniques I have developed for creating realistic eyes and fur are included. This project is designed for the beginner.
Spring Robin
Join me for my new color pencil seminar, “Spring Robin,” which captures the perennial signal that colorful days have arrived. You will learn how to create the delicate wings and feathers; realistic eyes; and the use of compliments to achieve maximum, vibrant lighting and color.

This seminar is recommended for beginner to intermediate students.
"Create Your Own Portrait"
In this one day seminar, students bring their own quality photograph to the seminar, and I will teach them how to capture a likeness and create a beautiful color pencil portrait that very day. This is one of my most requested classes!
2 Day Portrait Seminar
In this 2-Day Portrait Seminar, day one will be learning all of the "features" of the face and how to get a likeness using them. Day 2 the students bring their own photo to the seminar, and I will teach them how to capture a likeness and create a beautiful COLOR PENCIL portrait that very day. This is one of my most requested classes!
Banty Rooster
In this fun, new workshop, you will learn some helpful techniques to broaden your color pencil skills. I created this project, “Banty Rooster” to explore the following:

how to capture dramatic lighting
learn the four tone approach to value
color selections for modeling of form

This workshop is designed for any student, beginner, intermediate or professional.
Christmas Wreath
Join me in this seminar to create your own Christmas card, the “Christmas Wreath.” You will learn the techniques of layering, burnishing, and detailing; capturing light, shadow and form on the bluebird; rendering the feathers; and to create the illusion of Christmas lights.

This seminar is designed for beginner to intermediate students.
Princess Sunflower
For “Princess Sunflower,” we will explore several helpful color pencil techniques that carry over to other projects. You will be introduced to my easy to learn portrait method; how to create a variety of textures; how to capture dramatic lighting to emphasize form; and color principles and selection.
This is seminar is one day and recommended for intermediate to advanced students.
Primrose Tea
Color pencil is a delightful medium that is less intimidating for the beginner than painting in oils or acrylics, and is clean and dust-free unlike pastels. The precision of the color pencils allow for realistic forms, a perfect way to create masterful still life drawings.
Using toned paper creates a unity to the image, and the makes the job much easier than working from a white surface. This project offers the student valuable techniques for realistic of light and shadow, creating reflective m
Ruby Throated Hummingbird
Join me for this new color pencil seminar, “Ruby-Throated Hummingbird”, a delightful, colorful signal that spring has arrived. You will learn how to create the delicate wings and feathers; realistic eyes; and the use of compliments to achieve maximum, vibrant lighting and color.

This seminar is recommended for beginner to intermediate students.
Red Macaw
In this color pencil series, “Red Macaw,” we will be studying dramatic lighting found in nature, and the very unique characteristics found in chiaroscuro lighting, a technique used by the old masters like Caravaggio and Rembrandt.

The striking portrait of the colorful bird will be created with an monochromatic underpainting, then glazes of intense color will be applied in multiple layers.

This workshop is designed for intermediate artists.
Majestic Lion
In this seminar “Majestic Lion”, you will learn how to create an African Lion in a dramatic afternoon light, using new and helpful color pencil techniques that carry over to other projects. You will be introduced to the techniques of capturing fur and the flowing mane; how to capture the glass-like quality in the eyes; achieving maximum impact using a monochromatic palette; How to render a dramatically lighted subject; and how to utilize the toned paper to best effect.
Golden_Portrait_01 copy
If you are looking for an informative pet portrait project, I recommend this one. Many of the techniques I have developed for creating realistic eyes, nose, that pink tongue and fur are included. This project is designed for the intermediate student.
Goldfinch
Join Mark for his newest color pencil seminar, “Goldfinch,” which captures the perennial signal that colorful days have arrived. You will learn how to create the delicate wings and feathers; realistic eyes; how to create a realistic flower; and the use of compliments to achieve maximum, vibrant lighting and color.
This seminar is a wonderful introduction to color pencil for beginners.
Field Mouse
Join Mark as you create your very own color pencil illustration of this delightfully whimsical little woodland creature. Isn’t this something your grandchild would love to receive? In this project, Mark will offer his distinctive approach to color pencil designed to boost your skills in drawing.
Informative techniques will be presented in any easy to understand fashion: dramatic use of form, color and contrast; fine detailing; and how to create the various textures such as fur, tree bark, grass
Fox Hollow
In this fun, new seminar, you will learn many valuable techniques to broaden your color pencil skills. I created this project, “Fox Hollow” to explore helpful color pencil techniques that carry over to other wildlife projects. You will be introduced to the techniques of capturing realistic fur, and the glass-like quality in the eyes; achieving maximum impact using a monochromatic palette; cross-hatching; and how to utilize toned paper to best effect.
Cunning Critter
This seminar is a favorite of my regular students. Since it is mostly black, white, browns and grays, this wildlife drawing is an excellent study of creating a portrait in monochromatic tones. Color Pencil is an effective medium for creating the fine detail necessary for creating wildlife portraits.
Eagle's Perch
This fun and easy to learn mixed-media project offers you techniques for fully utilizing the toned paper to the greatest extent. The mixed-media technique will be useful on future projects. This project is designed for the beginner to intermediate student.
Bay Horse
This handsome portrait is a great way to learn how to substitute color to create a "horse of a different color," by changing the four basic pencils use to create the form. This project is designed for the intermediate student.
Siamese Cat
In this seminar you will learn how to create a Siamese Cat from head to tail, using new and helpful color pencil methods that carry over to other projects. You will be introduced to the techniques of layering, burnishing, and detailing; capturing the illusion of light, shadow and the form on the body; rendering the fur; how to capture the glass-like quality of the eyes and the features of the face.

This seminar is designed for beginner to intermediate students.
Good Morning! Color Pencil
This seminar will awaken your mastering of color pencil. In this project, you will sharpen your skills in creating animal portraits, rendering feather texture, and creating a spectacular dawn sky. By utilizing the toned paper, you will learn how to create vibrant color with a minimum of layering.
Curious Cub
In this fun, new seminar, you will learn many valuable techniques to broaden your color pencil skills. I created this project, “Curious Cub” to explore helpful color pencil techniques that carry over to other wildlife projects. You will be introduced to the techniques of capturing realistic fur; how to capture the glass-like quality in the eyes; achieving maximum impact using a complimentary color palette; and how to create tree bark texture.
Great Blue Heron CP Best copy
This is an excellent project to learn both the subject and the seascape. You will use a secret technique I have devised to make the job much easier! This project is designed for the intermediate student.
Also available as an oil, acrylic or watercolor seminar.
Bengal Tiger
Color pencil is a delightful medium that is less intimidating for the beginner than painting in oils or acrylics, and is clean and dust-free unlike pastels. The precision of the color pencils allow for realistic fur, a perfect way to create masterful animal portraits. Using toned paper creates a unity to the image, and the makes the job much easier than working from a white surface. You not only learn to create the fur, but also the glass-like expressive eyes of this magnificent cat.
Carolina Chikadees
I designed this packet to offer anyone new to Color Pencil many of the fundamental techniques of the medium. Unlike my other packets, this project comes complete with two patterns, included in the packet. The easy to understand instructions include photo illustrations of each step of the process.
Sunflower
This dramatic color pencil/mixed media project will offer the beginning, intermediate or professional student my unique approach to rendering brilliant color saturation on toned paper. Underpainting techniques, contrasting values, complimentary hues, and direct lighting will be offered in an easy to understand manner.

This seminar is designed for beginner to intermediate students.
Tom Turkey
"Tom Turkey”offers several helpful color pencil secret tricks and techniques that carry over to other projects. You learn how to create a variety of textures; feathers, wood grain, and straw. How to capture dramatic lighting to emphasize form; and color principles and selection. This is seminar is recommended for beginner to intermediate students.
Swan Lake CP
Bathed in warm afternoon light, floating upon the gentle blue ripples of the reflective water, few images can invoke such a sense of peace and tranquility than the beautiful white swan. In this Color Pencil Project, students will learn about reflections and the many "colors" in a white swan.
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