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

We are currently looking for a Workshop Coordinator. Please contact Sabrina Hill if you are interested.

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.


On the Calendar…


Alain Picard

CAPTURING LIGHT CALIFORNIA

Three-Day Workshop, March 9-11, 2020
Monday-Wednesday 9:00am-4:00pm
Location: Pastel Society of the West Coast, Sebastopol, California
Registration: coming soon

The true subject of this three-day workshop is light. We’ll study the way light reveals form, color, and emotion by focusing each day on a unique subject.

We begin day one by studying the effect of dramatic light falling upon the still life, revealing form against strong shadow patterns. This is a wonderful opportunity to practice design and talk about the vocabulary of light and shadow. The second day our study will progress to light falling upon the portrait subject, guiding us toward using a consistent approach to capturing light across multiple subjects. The third day shifts to using our photographic references as we investigate the light falling upon the landscape, and seek to capture these effects quickly and boldly.

Contact Alain Picard through his website for more information at https://www.picardstudio.com/contact


Hilarie Couture sponsored by UArt

Dates: March 12th, 13th & 14th, 2020

Exploring Pastel to Create Compelling Paintings!”

Location: Rivercrest Community Church, Portland, OR

Registration link: https://www.uartpastelpaper.com/uart-workshops-hilarie-couture/

Spend 3 days with Hilarie learning about this wonderful medium and how to work with it. Hilarie will also cover history, materials, palette choice and arrangement, tips and tricks, surfaces, mark making, value, color, temperature, composition, underpainting techniques and more as it applies to any subject.

Discover how to work from photos and not be a slave to them and painting from life. Brief overview exercises, demos and lecture each day.

If you have ever wanted to explore pastel but didn’t know where to start, this workshop is for you! We will spend 3 days learning about this wonderful medium and how to work with it. We will also cover history, materials, palette choice and arrangement, tips and tricks, surfaces, mark making, value, color, temperature, composition, underpainting techniques and more as it applies to any subject. Discover how to work from photos and not be a slave to them and painting from life. Brief overview exercises, demos and lecture each day.

Day 1: History, materials, palette, mark making, papers, storage, framing, value, thumbnails composition, etc.

Day 2: More on value, color, temperature, still life exercises, demo, still life painting from life

Day 3: Overall composition through the elements, creating finished painting from your photos

This is the foundation class for pastel. You will learn various techniques and choices from here and this will get you going to other specialized workshops in pastel that I will be offering. Such as more in-depth composition, portraits, figure, landscape, mixed media, etc. I hope you love pastel as much as I do after attending this workshop! About the artist: https://hcouturearts.com/about


Aaron Schuerr

Get ready to explore beautiful Lake Tahoe with award winning artist Aaron Schuerr.

Dates: July 31st-Aug 2nd 2020

Tuition: $425 for a 3-day workshop

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 demos will be in pastel.

https://www.northtahoearts.com/multi-day-workshop


Alain Picard

Contact Alain Picard through his website for more information at https://www.picardstudio.com/contact

THE PAINTERLY PORTRAIT 

Learn to develop lifelike portrait paintings, whether working from the live model or photographic references. We’ll cover all the techniques necessary to create stunning portraits in pastel, practicing on the live model as well as our own references. We will light, pose and photograph the model together, developing our own reference materials, then learning to design the portrait, create lifelike skin tones, and apply the painterly approach to portraiture. We’ll also cover techniques for refining the portrait. Alain understands that portraits can be intimidating, and has developed an approach that creates a relaxed and encouraging learning environment for all involved.

Contact Alain Picard through his website for more information at https://www.picardstudio.com/contact

PAINTING RETREAT IN SOUTHERN FRANCE

Ten-Day Workshop, July 16-25, 2020
Location: Dordogne, France

On this painting workshop to the south of France, we will explore and paint the beautiful region of Dordogne. An abundance of inspiration is provided, full of everything from quaint historic villages and medieval castles to breathtaking views of the rolling countryside and traditional French markets. With beautiful accommodations, delicious organic, locally sourced foods and wines, and endless inspiration surrounding us, this is your perfect opportunity to create beautiful art and enduring memories that will be treasured for a lifetime.


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 dougdawson8@cs.com.

Christine Debrosky, PSA Workshops

For latest workshops: www.christinedebrosky.com.

Alan FlattmannPSA Hall of Fame Workshops

Check Alan’s website at www.alanflattmann.com. Or email,art@alanflattmann.com.

Terri Ford Workshops

Visit: TerriFordArt.com Private instruction by appointment. tford@terrifordart.com

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 www.alberthandell.com; or emailalberthandell@msn.com. 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. http://www.wtrumanhosner.com

Nancie King Mertz, IAPS-MC & EP, PSA-MP, CPP-MP
Cityscapes and Correct Perspective:  http://nanciekingmertz.com/events

Richard McKinley Workshops

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

Clark Mitchell Workshops

Pastel workshops: cgmitchell.com

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.

www.cgmitchell.com

Alain J. Picard, PSA, IAPS MC

For information about Alain’s inspiring workshops visit picardstudio.com 


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
Info@sallystrand.com or www.sallystrand.com


Suzi Long

BAJA Retreat
Dates:Check Website
Tuition:  TBD 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! Www.ThePortablePainter.com  

Clark Mitchell

Plein Air Painting on the Central California Coast

Paint with Clark Mitchell in scenic Laguna Beach and environs 

Learn a tried-and-true approach to creating exciting landscapes on location. Demos in pastel, all mediums welcome.

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:  cgmitchell.com

 

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