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

Sheri Adams is our new Workshop Coordinator. Please contact Sabrina Hill to have your workshops listed.

Workshop & Class Submissions

PSWC Members 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.

Please mail requests to post workshops to the WebMaster here.

If you have photos from your workshops, you may submit one with your workshop listing. It is the web director’s decision on whether it will be displayed here.


To register for workshops go to Events>Event Calendar and click on the workshop you want to attend win the calendar. HERE

On the Calendar…



October 16-17, 2020
$150 open to members and non members


Come and explore how much fun it can be to paint the “everyday” life that we see all around us. I’m always on the lookout for interesting scenes happening, and I want you to be also. My classes are about “Making the Ordinary Extraordinary”! In this workshop we will work on composition and intention, as well as the handling of this wonderful medium and how to make the viewer say “wow”!

Click here to register

Painting Cityscapes…virtually! With Nancie King-Mertz


“Painting Cityscapes….Virtually!

with Nancie King Mertz, PSA-MP, IAPS-MC & EP, CPP-MP

November 19-21, 2020 

$300 open to members and non-members

Since travel is only a dream for a while, this 3-Day PSWC Zoom Workshop is designed to allow us to explore together, the excitement of cities and historic architecture. My goal, as instructor, is to coach you as you paint landscape and structures, turning your efforts into dramatic, expressive paintings. Examine space, perspective, and design through practical hands-on lessons that help you build confidence. Imagine learning to paint San Francisco, LA or Seattle in a day! My rapid methods will help you do just that.

Rather than a filmed video, this is a real-time 3-Day Workshop, which allows you to ask questions along the way. A 1 1/2-2 hour demonstration clarifying my techniques and sharing pointers on perspective and composing a scene will be offered to start each day. Students may observe or paint-along. We will break and to allow time for everyone to be ready to start painting at 10-10:30 PST.

For the session after the demo, I will assist students one-on-one, as they submit their work online, which I will make suggestions for revision and return to the student as time-lapse video. Each student will have an opportunity to submit work-in-progress in each afternoon session, then a group critique will begin at 1 PST, so we may learn from seeing everyone’s work. Depending on your comfort and skill level, you can expect to complete one or two paintings each day. Individual attention will be stressed in this experience as opposed to group lecture.

Class is limited to the first 15 students to register. Open to all levels


Venue Virtual via Zoom
Starts Thu Nov 19 2020, 08:00am PST
Ends Sat Nov 21 2020, 05:00pm PST

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.

W. Truman Hosner

Ongoing classes in Detroit Area and California. See website for additional information.

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.

Alain J. Picard, PSA, IAPS MC

For information about Alain’s inspiring workshops visit 

Clark Mitchell

Pastel workshops:

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.


Plein Air Workshops in Northern California
Take your outdoor painting skills to the next level during either of these fun and intensive day-long workshops.
Scene selection, sketching, values and color temperature discussed. Demos in pastel, all mediums welcome
 Held on Clark Mitchell’s wonderful and varied country property, from intimate garden scenes to distant vistas.
for more information: visit Clark’s website:


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