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!
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.
REGISTERING FOR WORKSHOPS
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…
Color Theory Simplified: Everything You Need To Know About Color You Learned By First Grade with Vianna Szabo
April 16-18, 2021 $300 Open to members and non-members
Have you ever been frustrated when painting because…
…you can’t mix the color you want
…the colors look chalky
…color combinations look muddy or harsh
This workshop takes the mystery out of color theory. On the first day, through a series of painting exercises and demos, you will learn the three elements of color identification and then use that information to control your palette and mix whatever color you see. The second and third days will focus on the three elements that make color and learn why some paintings glow and others look muddy. On these days you will paint a couple of color studies that will teach you how to create paintings that are filled with light and harmony.
The workshop will be taught through live demonstrations, presentations and painting exercises. Each student will have the opportunity to receive personal critiques by uploading their work and receiving suggestions from Vianna in a time-lapse video. Students will also receive handouts and video links so you can review the information once the workshop is over.
This approach to color applies to all mediums as well as subject matter and puts you in control of your palette. It will help you discover your personal color sense and recognize what is making your work look muddy. The best thing is, everything you need to know about color you learned by first grade
Expressions in Light – The Beauty of Pastel
A virtual workshop with Teresa Saia
Open to members and non-members $300
May 14-16, 2021
IN THIS WORKSHOP TERESA WILL HELP YOU TAKE YOUR LANDSCAPES TO A POWERFUL NEW LEVEL. THE WORKSHOP WILL DEMONSTRATE TERESA’S LOVE FOR LIGHT AND MOOD WITH THE OVERALL FOCUS: TO BUILD A BETTER LANDSCAPE. THE FIRST HALF OF EACH DAY WILL BE A DEMONSTRATION AND DISCUSSION WITH TIME FOR Q & A. THE SECOND HALF OF EACH DAY WILL BE HELPING EACH PARTICIPANT WORK THROUGH THEIR PAINTING. STUDENTS WILL SEND IMAGES OF THEIR WORK IN PROGRESS BY EMAIL OR THE PADLET APP. THESE WILL BE FOR ALL THE CLASS TO SEE AS TERESA WILL GIVE CONSTRUCTIVE INFORMATION ON WHAT AREAS CAN BE IMPROVED AND THE BEST WAYS TO GO ABOUT THE CHANGES AS YOUR PAINTING PROGRESSES.
TAKING YOUR LANDSCAPES FROM “NICE” to “DYNAMIC”
You will learn the five techniques Teresa uses for a more powerful painting. Using stronger value statements and better shapes you will learn to build your landscape with thoughtful steps.
Loose the fear of color…learn to add color and keep your values correct. Getting away from green!
Learn the use of engaging “lead-ins”, better placement of focal areas and thumbnail sketches for stronger compositions.
EXPAND YOUR LANDSCAPE WITH DRAMATIC SKIES
Creating depth and movement with skies.
CREATING MOOD AND ATMOSPHERE
The use of appropriate color palettes, atmospheric perspective, creative mark making, layering and correct edge quality to create engaging landscapes
WORKING FROM PHOTOSLearn to take better reference photos. How to use your camera/phone to create better compositions. How to simplify and what to leave out when working from photos. Combining photos.
Teresa has been a professional artist for over 30 years. Her passion for pastel began in 2001 and she has established herself as a premier pastel artist with her teaching techniques of contemporary Impressionism. She enjoys creating a supportive and energetic atmosphere in which students can thrive, grow and establishing their own style and direction.
She has achieved Master Circle with IAPS and signature status with the American Impressionist Society. Always striving for dynamic mark. making, a rich, radiant palette and evoking moods that engage the viewer. https://www.teresasaia.com/
This workshop is open to all levels.
Register here for Teresa’s class
Put PIZZAZZ into your Palms
A virtual workshop with Jen Evenhus June 25-27, 2021
Open to members and non-members $350
Jennifer “Jen” Evenhus discovers magic in her subjects with simplification and exaggeration, using her trademark style “the beauty of imperfection,” revealing the soul of the subject with a unique, bold sense of color and design. Her work is contemporary with abstract leanings, creating in both pastel and oils.
“Put PIZZAZZ in Your PALMS” Workshop with Jen promises to be exciting, fun, informative, and mind-blowing as you learn how to interpret the sometimes feisty personality of palm trees with their myriad of dancing fronds using intense and subtle hues and negative painting!
Jen is a popular national workshop instructor, giving “The Beauty of Imperfection” pastel workshops. She has been published in magazines such as The Pastel Journal, American Artist, Pratique des Arts French Magazine, PSWC Magazine and PSA Pastel-a-gram. Jen’s award-winning work has been included in many National and International Juried Exhibits. She recently received Best of Show in the 2020 Northwest Pastel Society 34th Annual International Juried Exhibition held at the Prestigious American Art Company Gallery in Tacoma, WA.
Jen is a Pastel Society of America Master Pastelist, International Association of Pastel Societies Master Circle Member, Northwest Pastel Society Distinguished Pastelist, and Pastel Society of the West Coast Signature Member. Jen is also a member of the American Impressionist Society. View recent work on her website www.jenevenhus.com.
To register click here
Driven to Abstraction – Getting the Glow!
A virtual workshop with Laura Pollak,
Open to members and non-members $350
July 16-18, 2021
Join Laura Pollak for a FUN, FAST and Challenging on-line workshop!
The theme is DRIVEN TO ABSTRACTION and explores the natural world in an abstracted form. In this workshop you will learn:
- Principles of Composition
- How to set up your painting: underpainting techniques
- Concepts of Abstraction
- Mark making techniques and exercises
- How and where to find inspiration
- Color combinations that WORK!
- Resources for ideas
- Apps to help with your work
- New and unique techniques and materials
All sessions are recorded and available for you to keep. All handouts and PDF books are emailed each night.
Workshop hours are 11-5 EST each day
Laura is an Award Winning Fine Artist, showing her works in galleries and museums across the nation. Her works have been juried into National and International shows. Most recently Laura won Second Place in the Pastel Society of the West Coast on-line show in the Signature Category, won First Place in the North Carolina Statewide Show, Honorable Mention in the Pastel 100 and Best of Show in the FASO online show. She has been featured in Strokes of Genius, has articles in Pastel Journal, the PSWC Magazine and was featured in the French Magazine, Pratique des Arts.
Register here for Laura’s class
Pastel Florals with Lyn Diefenbach – A virtual workshop
August 13-15 2021 – $300 Open to members and non members
The Floral Portrait – Building the Illusion of Reality
Love Flowers? Enjoy painting? Combine the two passions and learn how to create pastels full of luminosity, dimensionality and light. Lyn will share her extensive knowledge of colour as well as provide you with the technical know-how to create the illusion of reality with pastel.
The building blocks of line, tone, colour and edge will be covered in depth to give you a rich understanding of these key areas. Lyn will provide information on pastels and pastel surfaces as well as application.
Enjoy clear, informative demonstrations and individual attention at your easel. You will use your own reference material so you can choose your own degree of difficulty or perhaps your favourite flower. Definitely creating the WOW FACTOR.
Prior to the workshop, all participants will be sent a free link to Lyn’s video “What Every Artist Needs to Know”. This is a short 45 minute session on the importance of the 4 fundamentals – line, value, color and edge. It’s an essential preparation for the workshop.
To register click here
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Christine Debrosky, PSA Workshops
Alan Flattmann, PSA Hall of Fame Workshops
Terri Ford Workshops
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 email@example.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.
Alain J. Picard, PSA, IAPS MC
For information about Alain’s inspiring workshops visit picardstudio.com
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.