Catherine McCormick teaches pastels and drawing at the South Bend Museum of Art. She is a docent at the South Bend Museum of Art and Snite Museum, Notre Dame. She is founder and president of the Northern Indiana Pastel Society, for which she coordinates shows, workshops and meetings.
She has won a number of prizes over the years, including first prize for pastel at Scottsdale Artists School, Arizona, and a special award from the Plein Air Painters of America. She also won a merit award in the Great Lakes Pastel Society National Juried Show at the Grand Rapids Art Museum, Michigan. She was featured in a national advertisement in the Pastel Journal in 2008.
Cathy grew up in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, and received a degree from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, where she studied art. She has taken workshops around the country. She worked as an editor, designer and artist in Colorado Springs and Phoenix before moving to Indiana in 2000.
My interest in the landscape began on Sunday drives though the Wisconsin countryside as a child. Today, I paint landscapes in pastel as a tranquil counterpoint to our busy urban lifestyles.
Why I teach
In the pastels class, we use colorful dry pastels to create vibrant landscapes. In the drawing class, we use pencils to draw everything from still life to portraits. Even beginners are surprised at how well they do. We have a good time, and part of the fun is the creative process that produces tangible results of our effort. It is rewarding and expressive. Most people say the time flies by.
In 1986, I registered for an evening watercolor class at an art center in Phoenix. The class was cancelled so I got my second choice, the pastel class. Pastel turned out to be the best medium for me. I took over teaching the class a few years later and I have been teaching since. It has been a great learning experience.