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

67241_2423046w710Daniele 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.

On the Calendar…

Liz Haywood Sullivan

Liz H SullivanPainting Brilliant Skies & Water

Medium: Soft pastel  Duration: 4 days

Dates : May 2-5 2019  Class times: 9:00 – 4:00 with a break for lunch

Location: Sebastopol Center for the Arts, 

282 S High Street, Sebastopol, CA 95472

Tuition: $495   Level: Intermediate/advanced   Class size: max 18/min 10

The sky is the most emotional aspect of any landscape painting. It sets the mood, time of day and the attitude of the painting. In this workshop with internationally acclaimed artist, instructor, and author Liz Haywood-Sullivan, we will explore how to capture the character of the sky, from sunny and bright to moody with precipitation, from early day to brilliant evening. Work on techniques for clear skies and creating believable clouds.

We will also explore the intricacies of painting water and reflections in pastel. We will use underpainting to assist the development of the layers of transparency found in water. Topics to be covered include depicting reflections, how water behaves when calm and when moving, water in the dramatic seascape, how to use aerial perspective principles in water to create distance, seeing and painting correct values, plus much more.

Each day will start with a demonstration and there will be plenty of daily individual instruction at your easel.  

Liz Haywood-Sullivan, PSA-MP, IAPS/MC, is a representational artist specializing in pastel landscapes. She is President Emerita of the International Association of Pastel Societies (2013-2017) where she managed 3 international conventions and 12 international exhibitions.

Aaron Schuerr

aaron_garrapataFresh 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.

Workshop & Class Submissions

PSWC Signature artists and Distinguished Pastellists 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.

For workshop listings and updates to workshops: email Workshop Listings
Please note: Only PSWC sponsored workshops or workshops offered by PSWC signature / distinguished pastellist members are posted.

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.