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Artist Mike Caskey

Mike Caskey is shown in this file photo teaching a plein air workshop sponsored by the Yellowstone Art Museum.

Landscape artist Mike Caskey will host two plein air chalk pastel workshops on Saturday at Riverfront Park. Caskey has been engaged with art from a young age, but most recently has focused his work on regional landscapes.

Caskey works primarily from photographs, but also paints plein air when the mood strikes. He prefers the soft, chalky medium of chalk pastels because it's an efficient and quick form of painting. "I used to be a photorealist," Caskey said, "but it was so tedious and took a long time, and I always liked looser paintings."

Teaching comes naturally to Caskey, who was art teacher for 19 years at Shepard High School, and has also worked at various high schools in Billings as a counselor. He will lead two workshops, held Saturday from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1–4 p.m. at Riverfront Park. Attendees are asked to bring enough pastels and paper for two separate works. Composition, color, and dark-to-light techniques will be covered. 

The cost is $60 for museum members, $67 for non-members. Class size is limited to 15. To register, visit the website www.artmuseum.org or call the Front Desk at 406-256-6804.

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