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…


The Artist’s Way with Robyn Heller – 12 week virtual workshop $150 open to members and non-members

Discovering, Developing, and Reimagining Creativity

with Robyn Heller, Creative Coach

12 Weeks Starting January 10, 2020

Do you feel like you lost your creative edge–whether from the pandemic or just life? Jump start your creativity for 2021!

This workshop combines Julia Cameron’s tried-and-true creative recovery method with gentle movement, mindfulness, and authenticity exercises. For those feeling creatively stuck, lost, or blocked, we will rediscover, develop, and recoveri your inner artist, while bringing a greater sense of purpose, confidence, equilibrium, and joy.  
The course will consist of twelve weekly zoom meetings. Throughout the week, students have tasks to do on their own. and the group provides a place to share and support each other through the challenges and triumphs of this mindful, heartful, soulful work.
Students will need a journal or notebook and a copy of the book The Artist’s Way, whether printed, electronic, or audio. 
About Robyn Heller:
Robyn is a dose of salt of the earth & extra pepper. She comes by her Midwestern work ethic through her Kansan parents, but they assure her that the source of her creative drive is a mystery. She studied drama and communications at the University of Michigan, made her Equity acting debut with Jeff Daniels’ Purple Rose Theatre, then made her way to LA. She has performed on stages in the U.S. and Greece, on television and film, and even appeared on Ireland’s Irish-language radio station. After graduating from The Second City Hollywood’s Conservatory, she co-wrote and performed in LIVE RUDE GIRLS, their first ever all-female premium show. For nearly ten years she co-facilitated personal branding workshops with renowned teacher Sam Christensen. Currently she does communication training with medical students and businesspeople, sings and plays drum with Celtic band Ban Cara, and is completing her certification as a yoga instructor.
Venue Virtual via zoom each Sunday for 12 weeks
Starts Sun Jan 10 2021, 11:00am PST

Register Here for The Artist’s Way with Robyn Heller

Deeper, Darker, Richer! Virtual Workshop with Terri Ford

March 19 – 21, 2021 $300

Open to members and non members 

Regardless of how light a painting may end up, Terri’s approach is to begin with a deep, dark, rich underpainting. Her main objective in painting is to convey a “fresh and impressionistic” portrayal of her subject’s.  Her under-paintings are designed to establish strong value patterns and composition while capturing essential lighting conditions and spatial qualities within the painting.  She then proceeds with the painting using layers of pastel applied with varying pressure to create different conditions and texture.  She chooses to paint light using pure pigment, varying temperatures and complimentary color as opposed to “white lights”. 
During the course of the workshop Terri will discuss the power and variety of underpainting color choices, application of the pastel throughout the painting process, details in the final stages and knowing when to stop. Her intention in painting is to keep it vibrant & fresh, and avoid the pitfalls of overworking. 
Day 1 will be a monochromatic/value underpainting demonstration with work on the next step of layering. You are welcome to paint along and ask questions throughout. From 12-2  proceed with your painting and receive feedback from Terri as you work at your own pace. 
Day 2 will be a multi color underpainting demonstration and further build up of the painting…followed by group paint session.
Terri will be available throughout for individual feedback. 
Day 3 –  The final demonstration will focus on finishing paintings. Terri will emphasize the final marks/calligraphy that complete a painting.
1-2 pm will be a group share of paintings and discussion.
Each of these demonstrations are techniques that Terri applies to painting both in the studio 
and plein air painting.
Terri provides plenty of individual attention with students as they are painting. Be prepared to learn, work and have fun! Reference photos provided but you are welcome to use your own. 
Venue Virtual via Zoom
Starts Fri Mar 19 2021, 10:00am PDT
Ends Sun Mar 21 2021, 02:00pm PDT

Register Here for Terri Ford’s Class

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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