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

Daniele Todaro

Daniele Todaro is a self-taught artist who works primarily in printmaking and pastels. Although she began her art career as a fabric collage artist, she has been focusing on printmaking for the last 15 years. Recently inspired by the immediacy of pastels and gelatin printmaking she has taken her new work in a dynamic direction. Combining the media brings vivid color and enhanced detail to her landscapes.

Daniele has stepped up to the challenge of organizing and coordinating our society-sponsored events. She has worked tirelessly to bring top pastel artists/teachers to our cosponsored art workshops. Please contact her if you have an idea for a workshop, a workshop you would like to offer, or a place that would be perfect to hold a workshop.

Eager to help fellow artists embrace printmaking with the gelatin plate, Daniele demonstrates the gelatin print process quarterly at Riley Street Art Supplies in Santa Rosa California. She also mentors one-on-one students throughout the year.

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.

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 

On the Calendar…

Daggi Wallace

3 Day Portrait Workshop in Pastel

July 26-28, 2019
Fri: 6-9:30pm and Sat-Sun: 10-5:30pm
I am also hosting a workshop for Debora L. Stewart in Camarillo, CA, this fall:
Creating Expressive Abstracts with Debora L. Stewart
Sep 4-6, 2019, 9-4pm
$350 (almost full)

New Workshop Dates:

1 Day Notan Workshop (landscape, still life, sunsets, city scenes, interiors, anything except portraits!)

Saturday, June 29, 10-5  $125

Daggi Wallace Drop In Classes and Open Studio

I also have weekly “bring your own project” classes on Thursdays from 2-5pm, $65. Everyone comes when they can, brings what they like to work on in whatever medium and I help as needed. It’s a fun way to schedule in regular painting time with an instructor and other students available for feedback and help.

All classes and workshops are held in my studio at Studio Channel Islands in Camarillo’s Old Town section, 2222 Ventura Blvd., Camarillo, CA 93010. I’m in Studio C-1.

All classes are small, no more than 6-7 students at a time.

We have Open Studios every First Saturday from 11-4, so this Saturday would be a great time to stop by to check us out if you’re in the area!

Bonnie Zahn Griffith 



Plein Air Weekend Workshop –

Kimball Art Center, Park City, UT

Sunday, Saturday, July 6 & 7

10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

$295 + materials list

Do you want to learn and perfect your plein air painting skills using soft pastels? Then dust off your pastels and join us in a workshop to create a landscape painting working en plein air!
This two day workshop will give the student an opportunity to learn and practice using soft pastels in the field, developing a landscape painting by doing an underpainting of pastels with alcohol and finishing the work with soft pastels. This class will focus on composition, light and pastel technique with demo, notes and narrative with Bonnie. Class size is limited to insure
personal easel time and assistance.

Designed for those with a basic knowledge of pastel painting and desire to further their skills, this weekend workshop will review composition, color theory, and use of the medium, as well as teach new techniques to create a stronger painting in plein air.

Contact Kimball Art Center to register.

401 Kearns Boulevard
PO Box 1478
Park City, UT 84060

Phone: 435.649.8882

Pastel class flyer[41599]Holckaday


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 or

2019 Workshop ScheduleJuly 21–27, 2019
Painting the Color of Light 

Hudson River Valley Art Workshops
at Greenville Arms, in the Catskill Mountains, NY
Greenville, New York
PSA Destination Workshops – View Video 
Contact: Kim LaPolla

October 24-26, 2019
The Color of Light

Award Winning Artist Workshops
Matthews, North Carolina
Contact: Shirley Harris

Suzi Long

BAJA Retreat
Dates: June 10-14, 2019
Tuition:  $1150 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!  deadline to sign up April 15

W. Truman Hosner

Developing Your Own Voice

I will be teaching a workshop at my new studio (and its’ accompanying backyard-courtyard) in Ferndale (Detroit), Michigan. It is being held June 20, 21, and 22.
The workshop is open to beginners through advanced. My goal is to teach how understandings that derive from painting directly from life lead to development of individualism in painting. These ways will inspire the experienced artist as well as help the beginner get started.

HOSNER STUDIO                          This Summer!
FERNDALE (DETROIT) MI             June 20, 21, & 22
(231) 881-2895 or

To Find Out More: Clic on this link or insert in your browser-

Clark Mitchell

Plein Air Painting on the Southern California Coast

Paint with Clark Mitchell in scenic Laguna Beach and environs Thursday through Saturday, June 27 – 29

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

Sponsored by the Laguna Plein Air Painters Association

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
Wednesday, July 17  9:30 to 4:30     Held on Clark Mitchell’s wonderful and varied country property, from intimate garden scenes to distant vistas.
Wednesday August 21  9:30 to 4:30     Location to be announced
for more information: visit Clark’s website:

Aaron Schuerr

Fresh and Direct Landscape Painting in Pastel

Dates: Aug 26–28, 2019    Class times: 9:00am–4:00pm

Tuition: $450   Level: All Levels  Class Limit: 15

Carmel Visual Arts | Barnyard Shopping Village | 3694 The Barnyard, F22,Carmel, CA 93923 |Studio Line: (831) 250-5732

Get ready to explore the California coast with award winning artist Aaron Schuerr. 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 focus will be on pastel work.

Alain Picard


Demonstration, June 7, 2019
Friday 8:00am-10:00am
Location: IAPS, Albuquerque, New Mexico
Fee: $75

Celebrating Beauty and Diversity through Pastel – Are you inspired to explore the diverse beauty found in many cultures of our world? Alain will be your travel guide and demonstrate how to capture the essence of the subject while celebrating their unique cultural heritage—from color and clothing to ethnicity and environment. Images of his journey to Rwanda and Cambodia will highlight the beauty reflected through his paintings of the human figure. *(class price includes model fee)

Contact Alain Picard through his website for more information at



Plein-Air Workshop, July 13, 2019 (rain date July 14, 2019)
Saturday 9:30am-4:30pm
Location: Botanical Garden, Montreal, Canada

Medium: Pastel or Oil

All levels are welcome, beginner to advanced.

Come paint at the beautiful, historic Montreal Botanical Garden, located in the heart of the city of Montreal, Canada! Considered to be one of the largest and most important botanical gardens in the world, the gardens are a popular nature preserve that abounds with inspiring locations. This one-day plein air workshop with Alain Picard is a perfect opportunity to activate your creative growth and develop your painterly technique, all while gaining inspiration from the beautiful flowers, plants, trees and ponds.

Garden entry fee not included in workshop registration.

Contact Alain Picard through his website for more information at


Weekend Workshop, July 26-27, 2019
Friday 7:00-9:00pm, Saturday 9:30am-4:30pm
Location: Arts Escape, Southbury,  Connecticut

Have you always wanted to explore a looser, bolder approach to painting, but just weren’t sure how to accomplish this style in your own work? Hold tight, because help is on the way! Loosen up your landscapes using the painterly approach! In this workshop you’ll learn practical approaches and techniques to help you simplify complex scenes into clear shapes, values, and edges. Then organize these shapes into strong design and color combinations using bold, expressive marks to interpret your environment for that lush painterly effect.


Plein Air Workshop, September 14, 2019
Saturday 9:30am-4:30pm
Location: Elizabeth Park, Hartford, Connecticut
Fee: $100

Come paint the beautiful colors of fall in New England at the historic and spacious Elizabeth Park in Hartford, CT! This one-day plein air workshop is a perfect opportunity to develop your painterly technique while gaining inspiration from the dazzling fall foliage.

Contact Alain Picard through his website for more information at


Three-Day Workshop, August 8-10, 2019
Thursday-Saturday 9:30am-4:30pm
Location: Newtown, Connecticut

Have you always wanted to explore a looser, bolder approach to painting, but just weren’t sure how to accomplish this style in your own work? Hold tight, because help is on the way! This workshop will empower you with successful strategies for loosening up your work with bold marks and fresh color. We’ll journey through six liberating lessons (plus one bonus lesson!) to help you break through specific obstacles that have been limiting your creative growth. Focusing on practical approaches from start to finish, I’ll help you understand HOW to accomplish your goal of creating paintings that delight you and excite the viewer.


Three-Day Workshop, September 3-5, 2019
Wednesday-Friday 9:30am-4:30pm
Location: Art Is Inn, Breinigsville, Pennsylvania

Have you always wanted to explore a looser, bolder approach to painting, but just weren’t sure how to accomplish this style in your own work? Hold tight, because help is on the way! This workshop will empower you with successful strategies for loosening up your work with bold marks and fresh color. Exploring two unique subjects—landscape and portrait—we’ll learn how to simplify diverse and often complex scenes into clear shapes, values, and edges. Then we’ll organize these shapes into strong design and color combinations using bold, expressive marks to interpret our environment for that lush painterly look. We’ll also explore innovative approaches to color through the use of underpainting techniques and interpretive color strategies that will break you out of your routine.

Contact Alain Picard through his website for more information at


Three-Day Workshop, October 19-21, 2019
Saturday-Monday 9:30am-4:30pm
Location: The Art Studio, Chagrin Falls, Ohio
Registration: The Art Studio

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.


Two-Day Workshop, November 15-16, 2019
Friday – Saturday 9:30am-4:30pm
Location: Newtown, Connecticut
Fee: $250 early bird special until August 1, 2019 (model fee included)  Regular Price: $275

Would you like to learn how to bring a fresh vibrant approach to work, while learning to capture the essence of your subject’s likeness?

This workshop will help you to move beyond the limitations of your photographic reference and learn to develop lifelike, painterly portraits based on observation of the live model. You’ll be able to apply what you learn from your practice with the live model to your personal studio work, whether from life or photographs.

Contact Alain Picard through his website for more information at


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


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.

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