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.

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.

On the Calendar…

Daggi Wallace

New Workshop Dates:

3 Day Portrait Workshop (Weekdays)

Monday-Wednesday, May 13-15, 2019 , 10-4, perfect Mother’s Day gift from your loved ones:). $350

3 Day Portrait Workshop (Weekend)

Friday evening-Sunday, June 21-23, 2019. $350

2 Day Animal/Pet Portrait Workshop

Tuesday-Wednesday, 10-5, May 28-29, 2019. $200

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!

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 Schedule

Thursday, June 6, 2019
Showcase the Color of Light!
IAPS Convention

International Association of Pastel Societies
Albuquerque, NM
1 day Workshop

Friday, June 7, 2019
Showcase the Color of Light!
IAPS Convention

International Association of Pastel Societies
Albuquerque, NM
1 day Workshop

June 17–20, 2019
Color of Light

Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio 
Langley, Washington
Contact: Cary Jurriaans

July 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

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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.