Margaret Glass tutors in Suzhou, China
Margaret describes her invitation and experiences in China:
'At the beginning of the year I was asked by the French Pastel society if I would like to go to China to tutor three two-day courses in pastel. It was an opportunity that I couldn't refuse, so the middle of July found me at the Ming Jia Art Education Centre in Suzhou, China. Suzhou is a vey large modern city about one and a half hours drive from Shanghai. In the summer the temperatures are very high and it reached forty degrees one day! My students, all I sixty five of them, were Art teachers, Secondary students and Primary students from Beijing.
There is a growing passion for pastel in China and Simon at the Jai Ming Art Education Centre is at the forefront of this. I was greeted enthusiasm and afforded great hospitality. My students were keen to learn more, as most of them had only been using pastel for about a year or so. I was supplied with a basic set of seventy two pastels and paper, the same as the students. This was somewhat limiting and a bit of a challenge for me as it wasn't what you might call a landscape range.
Next to the Education Centre is the Ming Art Gallery where, throughout the summer, there is an international exhibition of pastel paintings. This exhibition was reviewed in a national art paper, so the medium is getting the publicity it fully deserves.
I was delighted to be able to participate in a small way and be involved in the growing awareness of the pastel medium'.