The syndicated column “The Wit Parade” by E.E. Kenyon contained this clever anecdote on March 13, 1955:

The absent-minded maestro was racing up New York’s Seventh Avenue to a rehearsal, when a stranger stopped him. “Pardon me,” he said, “can you tell me how to get to Carnegie Hall?”

“Yes,” answered the maestro breathlessly. “Practice!”

It is the same with art. Here are workshops where you can learn techniques and practice the art of pastels!

Workshop Coordinator

Daniele Todaro

67241_2423046w710Daniele Todaro is a self-taught artist who works primarily in printmaking and pastels. Although she began her art career as a fabric collage artist, she has been focusing on printmaking for the last 15 years. Recently inspired by the immediacy of pastels and gelatin printmaking she has taken her new work in a dynamic direction. Combining the media brings vivid color and enhanced detail to her landscapes.

Daniele has stepped up to the challenge of organizing and coordinating our society-sponsored events. She has worked tirelessly to bring top pastel artists/teachers to our cosponsored art workshops. Please contact her if you have an idea for a workshop, a workshop you would like to offer, or a place that would be perfect to hold a workshop.

Eager to help fellow artists embrace printmaking with the gelatin plate, Daniele demonstrates the gelatin print process quarterly at Riley Street Art Supplies in Santa Rosa California. She also mentors one-on-one students throughout the year.

Ongoing Workshops

In addition to the specific workshops listed below, these members offer workshops on a regular basis. Please check out their workshop list on their websites.

Doug Dawson Workshops

For more info and dates, email Doug

Christine Debrosky, PSA Workshops

For latest workshops:

Alan FlattmannPSA Hall of Fame Workshops

Check Alan’s website at Or email,

Terri Ford Workshops

Visit: Private instruction by appointment.

Albert Handell Workshops

Albert is both PSWC Pastel Laureate™ and PSA Hall of Fame. Contact him at 505-983-8383, and ask for Virginia Stark, or write to P. O. Box 9070, Santa Fe, NM, 87504-9070, or go to the website at; or Please view his website to read about the new Paint-A-Long Mentoring Program.

Nancie King Mertz, IAPS-MC & EP, PSA-MP, CPP-MP
Cityscapes and Correct Perspective:

Richard McKinley Workshops

This Pastel Laureate of the PSWC and excellent teacher can be reached at for workshops.

Clark Mitchell Workshops

Pastel workshops:

On the Calendar…

Daggi Wallace

Two Day Pastel Portrait Workshop

March 23-24, 2019 from 10am-5:30pm
This is a shortened version of my regular 3 day portrait class, so if you have taken my class before it’s a great refresher!
(This class is best for students with at least some experience drawing portraits AND/OR working with pastel)
Click here for more information
I’m taking names for another 2 day pet/animal workshop, so let me know if you’d like to get on that list and we’ll figure out dates that work for everyone.

Drop In Classes and Open Studio

I also have weekly “bring your own project” classes on Thursdays from 2-5pm, $65. Everyone comes when they can, brings what they like to work on in whatever medium and I help as needed. It’s a fun way to schedule in regular painting time with an instructor and other students available for feedback and help.

All classes and workshops are held in my studio at Studio Channel Islands in Camarillo’s Old Town section, 2222 Ventura Blvd., Camarillo, CA 93010. I’m in Studio C-1.

All classes are small, no more than 6-7 students at a time.

We have Open Studios every First Saturday from 11-4, so this Saturday would be a great time to stop by to check us out if you’re in the area!

Professional Development

Program for All Artists

with Stephen C. Wagner

 professional artist, gallerist, & educator

Co-Sponsored by Pastel Society of the West Coast and Petaluma Arts Center

Tuesday, March 26th, 7-9 pm at the

Petaluma Arts Center

230 Lakeville Street, Petaluma

Admission fee: $30 per person, non-members $25 per person, members of either Petaluma Arts Center or Pastel Society of the West Coast


A Basic Game Plan for Your Artist Career

Presented by Stephen C. Wagner professional artist, gallerist, & educator

Learn about creating a cohesive body of work, titling your work, creating a pricing structure, framing, managing your inventory, documenting your artwork, designing your website, creating marketing materials, building your exhibit history, and approaching art galleries.

• Stephen C. Wagner has been a guest speaker and has taught workshops and classes for art organizations and colleges throughout California. Through his guest speaking on professional development for artists, Stephen encourages other artists to commit to their artwork and take the steps necessary to become more successful.

• His lectures offer artists insight to jump-start their artist career, with emphasis on how to obtain clear focus on their intention for their artwork, create a strategic plan for their artist career, create an impressive artist portfolio website, and master the business of art.

• Stephen is the managing partner at Arc Gallery in San Francisco. Arc features a 1,000 square foot art gallery, two smaller galleries and an art education center. In addition, he was the Program Development Coordinator for the San Diego Art Institute, has been a consultant for the San Diego Children’s Museum, and was on the Board of Directors for Arteach in Palm Desert. To train teachers to incorporate art into their everyday curriculum, Stephen taught Aesthetic Education classes through the University of San Diego Division of Continuing Education.

For additional information please contact: 707-762-5600 or register here

Susan Kuznitsky

Pastel Workshop with UArt Pastel Paper

“It all Starts with the Underpainting!”

April 5th, 6th and 7th 2019

Location: Carrie Moore Studios, Oregon City, Oregon

Registration link:

Follow Susan’s step-by-step approach from the underpainting to the finished piece using a photo reference.

Several different underpainting approaches will be demonstrated along with plenty of individual attention at the easel.

Learn how make good choices on composition and color when working from a photo reference to create powerful, emotional pastel paintings.

Clark G. Mitchell


Daily demos will be in soft pastel. Other mediums are welcome.

3 days. April 4-6 2019 (Thurs, Fri, Sat)

9:00 – 4:00 with a break for lunch. (Bring your own bag lunch).

Healdsburg, CA. Warnecke Ranch (Chalk Hill) and surrounding wine country.

Tuition: $345

Level: Some previous painting experience is a must.

Class size: max 15

For more information:

Join Clark G. Mitchell for three days of spectacular outdoor painting at the incomparable Warnecke Ranch, Healdsburg, California. It’s a plein air painters paradise. Learn how to select your scene, simplify the landscape, get your values and color temperature right, and so much more.

Inspiration abounds. Take your pick from scenic ponds, vineyards, wonderful old buildings and trucks, wide vistas, intimate gnarled old trees and views of the Russian River.

Clark will give daily demos in soft pastel then you will choose a scene that captures your interest. Everyone will receive plenty of individual help.

Clark Mitchell is one of the top pastelists in California. He‘s been designated a Master Pastelist by the Pastel Society of America as well as a Distinguished Pastelist by the Pastel Society of the West Coast. Mitchell’s numerous awards include top prizes at the Laguna Plein Air Festival, the Carmel Arts Festival, and Maui Plein Air Painting Invitational.

Christine Obers Workshop

Pet Portraiture in Pastels: A Three Day EVent

April 11-13th, 9:00am – 4:00pm, (1 hour break for lunch),

Tuition: $375
A Sense of Place Gallery, 2003 North Van Ness Blvd.
Fresno, CA. 93704, (559) 392-6775

Creating a cherished portrait of an animal friend, (or person), can be one of the most emotional and rewarding things an artist can do. For many artists creating an accurate representation is a daunting task. In this workshop we will use techniques that will help whatever the level of expertise. Participants will take home methods they can apply to their future projects. Class size is limited to 8 participants to insure plenty of one on one attention.
About the Artist

In recent years Christine Obers has focused on commissioned portraits of people, horses and dogs. Her portraits delve into the deep emotional connection we have for our loved ones and beloved pets. Christine Ober’s portraits have won numerous awards including two Best of Show Awards and have been featured in The Pastel Journal’s Pastel 100 magazine.  To see her work go to:
Christine Obers recently qualified for the IAPS, (International Association of Pastel Societies), Master Circle Award. She is a Distinguished Pastelist member in the PSWC, (Pastel Society of the West Coast). She has received Master Pastelist status from PAC, (the Pastel Artists of Canada).

For more information and to sign up for the workshop go to:

Sally Strand Workshops: The Color of Light

Focusing on color and light, Sally discusses optical mixing of layered color and how to truly see and identify color, especially subtle color.  The effects of light on color, composition, and perception, as well as use of different types of light are explored.  Painting from costumed models and still life, each student receives individual attention and critiques.  Demonstrations and lectures and a slide show are designed to give students tools to achieve intensely beautiful color

Master Class/Next Level (intermediate and up)  – If you have taken Sally’s workshops before and want to build on the numerous principles discussed, this new class continues where the previous workshops left off.  It begins with a review of painting principles including optical mixing of layered color, essential elements of strong composition and the effects of light.  We also focus on the later stages of painting, learning to harmonize color masses while developing the ability to really see and mix color, especially those that are nuanced and subtle.  Finally we will explore the finishing touches that turn paintings into personal statements.

Sally Strand, a Master Pastelist, was inducted into the Hall of Fame, the highest commendation of the Pastel Society of America, NY.

For more information:  949-493-6892 or

2019 Workshop Schedule

Thursday, June 6, 2019
Showcase the Color of Light!
IAPS Convention

International Association of Pastel Societies
Albuquerque, NM
1 day Workshop

Friday, June 7, 2019
Showcase the Color of Light!
IAPS Convention

International Association of Pastel Societies
Albuquerque, NM
1 day Workshop

June 17–20, 2019
Color of Light

Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio 
Langley, Washington
Contact: Cary Jurriaans

July 21–27, 2019
Painting the Color of Light 

Hudson River Valley Art Workshops
at Greenville Arms, in the Catskill Mountains, NY
Greenville, New York
PSA Destination Workshops – View Video 
Contact: Kim LaPolla

October 24-26, 2019
The Color of Light

Award Winning Artist Workshops
Matthews, North Carolina
Contact: Shirley Harris

Liz Haywood Sullivan

Liz H SullivanPainting Brilliant Skies & Water

Medium: Soft pastel  Duration: 4 days

Dates : May 2-5 2019  Class times: 9:00 – 4:00 with a break for lunch

Location: Sebastopol Center for the Arts, 

282 S High Street, Sebastopol, CA 95472

Tuition: $495   Level: Intermediate/advanced   Class size: max 18/min 10

The sky is the most emotional aspect of any landscape painting. It sets the mood, time of day and the attitude of the painting. In this workshop with internationally acclaimed artist, instructor, and author Liz Haywood-Sullivan, we will explore how to capture the character of the sky, from sunny and bright to moody with precipitation, from early day to brilliant evening. Work on techniques for clear skies and creating believable clouds.

We will also explore the intricacies of painting water and reflections in pastel. We will use underpainting to assist the development of the layers of transparency found in water. Topics to be covered include depicting reflections, how water behaves when calm and when moving, water in the dramatic seascape, how to use aerial perspective principles in water to create distance, seeing and painting correct values, plus much more.

Each day will start with a demonstration and there will be plenty of daily individual instruction at your easel.  

Liz Haywood-Sullivan, PSA-MP, IAPS/MC, is a representational artist specializing in pastel landscapes. She is President Emerita of the International Association of Pastel Societies (2013-2017) where she managed 3 international conventions and 12 international exhibitions.

Suzi Long

BAJA Retreat
Dates: June 10-14, 2019
Tuition:  $1150 includes airport transfers, all meals, art supplies, instruction, fun, double occupancy.
Join Suzi Long and friends in El Sargento, Baja, for a week of drawing, sketching, and play.  Suzi is a Signature PSWC member who is also a fervent travel sketchbook artist.  Leave the pastels home, and come to Baja.  Bring a friend.  Only 5 spaces left!  deadline to sign up April 15

Aaron Schuerr

aaron_garrapataFresh and Direct Landscape Painting in Pastel

Dates: Aug 26–28, 2019    Class times: 9:00am–4:00pm

Tuition: $450   Level: All Levels  Class Limit: 15

Carmel Visual Arts | Barnyard Shopping Village | 3694 The Barnyard, F22,Carmel, CA 93923 |Studio Line: (831) 250-5732

Get ready to explore the California coast with award winning artist Aaron Schuerr. Find “the story” in the landscape and paint it in a way that is direct, simple, fresh, and honest. Engage in fun exercises designed to focus on value, color, and shape.  From that foundation, you’ll explore edges, atmospheric perspective, color and shape relationships, composition, and mood. Most importantly you’ll learn to paint with greater intention. Through demonstrations, group discussions, composition walks, painting exercises, and plenty of individual instruction, you will learn to approach the landscape in enthusiasm and confidence. This workshop is open to pastel and oil, but the focus will be on pastel work.

Workshop & Class Submissions

PSWC Signature artists and Distinguished Pastellists are invited to list classes and workshops in the PSWC magazines. Please send exact wording to be used, in third person and single paragraph format. New listings should be sent in for each calendar year.

For workshop listings and updates to workshops: email Workshop Listings
Please note: Only PSWC sponsored workshops or workshops offered by PSWC signature / distinguished pastellist members are posted.

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