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

If you have questions about our workshops, please contact Jean Myers here.

Workshop & Class Submissions

PSWC Members are invited to list classes and workshops in the PSWC magazine and on our Facebook page. For magazine ads, please send exact wording to be used, in third person and single paragraph format. New listings should be sent in for each calendar year. To add your workshop to the magazine, contact Sabrina Hill here.


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

On the Calendar…

“The View From Up Here”
A virtual workshop with Mark Ivan Cole
July 22-24,202

Open to members and non-members $250

Mountain Magnificence in Soft Pastels


Mountains make their own weather, and that weather shapes the mountain in return. Mark Ivan Cole grew up in the middle of the “Avenue of the Volcanoes” in the Andes Mountains in South America, and his love for high places has never waned. He has explored mountainous regions around the world, from the western United States to Germany, South Africa, Turkey, Japan, Korea, Taiwan and China. While he paints in several media, he loves rendering these places in pastels. “For me, pastels are like ‘painting with jazz,'” he says. “Every mark is an immediate, unique expression, and the colors and layers can be subtle or bold. It’s all up to the artist at that moment.”

Mark will demonstrate his design and execution process for painting high mountainous landscapes in soft, semi-hard and hard pastels. He will talk about how our perception of the local atmosphere is affected by humidity and altitude, how light reflects off of various surfaces, and how pastel artists can make the most of depth, distance and inner shadows. He will also discuss compositional elements, how to choose a center of interest and how to keep the eye coming back to it. After the demo, participants will have time to work on their own mountain painting from their own reference photo or from one of Mark’s. In daily one-on-one sessions, Mark will elicit and discuss the challenges and intended direction for each artist, and brainstorm options and techniques that might help the participant achieve personal painting goals.

Workshop is over the course of three days from 9:00am to 4:00pm

For more about Mark Ivan Cole-


StartsFri Jul 22 2022, 09:00am PDT
EndsSun Jul 24 2022, 04:00pm PDT

Click here to register

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 

Sally Strand, PSA-MP, IAPS-MC

Sally conducts in-person and virtual workshops for artists of all levels. For more information visit Sally Strand Workshops at or send an email to

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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