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.

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

Register Here for Vianna Szabo’s class

 

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.

WORKSHOP TOPICS:

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. 

COLOR
Loose the fear of color…learn to add color and keep your values correct. Getting away from green!

COMPOSITION
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!

Students will explore fearless mark-making, negative painting, exaggeration, simplification and new color groups on their way to learning how to paint palm trees with PIZZAZZ ! We will manipulate shapes, composition, space, color, line and happy little accidents to reveal dynamic palms, utilizing unusual tools, materials, and techniques!
 
•Instructor demos each day show block-in, first layers, refine & define with negative
painting – magically revealing palms
•Palm trees are in constant motion, we will practice laying pastel in a manner that is loose and free, simulating fronds moving in the wind!
•We will have timed exercises playing with pastel application and unusual tools to create chaos and then quickly refine and define the frond groups …
•We will experiment with palm shadows on buildings and on the ground
•We’ll use unusual color groups, giving a new understanding of subjective color
•Students will take away a deeper understanding of painting shapes with pastels utilizing my unique negative painting technique.

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


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.

Alain J. Picard, PSA, IAPS MC

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


Clark Mitchell

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.

 

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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