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.

On the Calendar…



Susan Kuznitsky

Capturing the Light Virtual Workshop

September 25-26-27, 2020

Join PSWC award-winning artist, Susan Kuznitsky for a three day workshop. The focus will be on capturing the light.

Whether you are a landscape painter or figurative painter you will benefit from this highly popular virtual workshop. Susan will demonstrate a variety of subject matter along with different approaches to the underpainting. You will have the option to paint along from the same image or work from your own reference material. Demo images as well as other handouts will be emailed prior to the workshop. At the end of each day you will get a link to the demo to download and review. This workshop is appropriate for all skill levels.

Feedback from recent online workshops:

“far more “bang for the buck” than any other class or workshop that I’ve taken to date from an accomplished pastel artist”

 Of all of the workshops I’ve taken; and I’ve taken a lot, this was one of the best. Online learning at it’s finest.  Susan Kuznitsky, you are one of the best teachers with whom I’ve had the pleasure of interacting.  You are so down to earth and your great personality comes through in your teaching  You are not only knowledgeable but can critique with kindness, offer truly useful suggestions and encourage your students. 

Workshop Content:

Day 1

  • Landscape demo using Alcohol Wash 
  • Intro and overview
  • Personal goals assessment
  • Best tips for working from photo references, Composition – what to leave in, What to leave out.

Day 2 (Two short demos)

  • Portrait/ Figure demo with Acrylic Underpainting 
  • Landscape demo on repurposed board
  • Drawing Tips – Line, rhythm, shapes, negative shapes
  • Surfaces – Pre-toned boards, mounting paper, repurposing boards.
  • Creating Texture – Prep board for day 3
  • Value Chart as a way to see and learn value

Day 3

  • Figure in the Landscape demo with Watercolor Underpainting 
  • Integration of forms
  • Painting optically
  • Four Visible Elements – Color, Value, Drawing, and Edges

Preview demos Susan recently did as a featured artist for Blick.:

Susan’s website:

Registration questions:  PSWC Workshop Coordinator at

Course content questions:

Venue Virtual Zoom Workshop
Starts Fri Sep 25 2020, 09:00am PDT
Ends Sun Sep 27 2020, 02:30pm PDT

Register Now!

Register here by clicking on event in event 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

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.

Clark Mitchell Workshops

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.

Alain J. Picard, PSA, IAPS MC

For information about Alain’s inspiring workshops visit 

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!  

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:


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