Painting Light and Reflections in Pastel
w/ Amanda Houston

2 Day: Sat-Sun / March 10-11 / 10:30-5:00 (until 6pm on Sat)
3 Day: Sat-Mon / March 10-11- 12 / 10:30-5:00 (until 6pm on Sat)

2 Day: $295 + optional supply fee $20
3 Day: $395 + optional supply fee $20

Registration: Call in, come in, or register online. 425.697.2787

Location: ArtWorks in Edmonds - a lovely, large space with plenty of parking places! Just a few blocks from Cole at the corner of 2nd Ave and Dayton Street:  201 2nd Ave, Edmonds, WA 98020

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Join award-winning artist Amanda Houston and take this opportunity to learn more about painting with pastels, focusing on brilliant clouds, sky holes in trees and colorful water reflections as your subject matter.  

This workshop is either a 2-day (Saturday-Sunday) OR a 3-day (Saturday-Monday) – pick what’s best for you and your schedule. Amanda’s students always want more of whatever she chooses to teach! Plus, we’re moving it over to ArtWorks – just 3 blocks away from Cole Gallery, with an airy, large space and their own parking lot. Notice also the extended time (until 6pm on Saturday, 5pm on Sunday and Monday); come rested and prepared to absorb as much info as you can – Amanda is a very generous instructor.

While you are learning Amanda’s secrets of how to create brilliant skies and colorful reflections on water, she will also demo several different techniques on various surfaces to achieve different results. You will have the option to learn to create your own surface by painting a sanded gesso to a board or metal – supplies for this option will be provided by the instructor for the $20 supply fee – please bring cash or check payable to Amanda.


You can expect daily demos, loosening-up exercises, and plenty of individual instruction at your easel for you to learn these techniques with your own subject matter and materials. Whether you choose the 2-day or the 3-day workshop, it will be jam-packed with tips and tricks on how to create a beautifully successful painting.

Some experience in pastels is necessary.

Supply list:

You can purchase your quality art supplies at ARTspot! Registered students receive a 10% discount on all their art supplies from the time of paid registration until the last day of class. Many items on this list are available at ARTspot. Please let their staff advise you about appropriate art materials to fulfill  requirements for your class.  Artspot's Web Site

Questions about these supplies? ARTspot staff are happy to help you. Call 425-640-6408 or email at

Pastels: As many as you can bring, with a mixture of soft and hard pastels, with a range of brights, darks and grey tones. NO oil pastels.

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Soft pastels (60-100):
As many as you have. If you don't have any buy at least a 60-80 piece (half stick) landscape or intro set such as Sennelier - 80 half stick or similar good quality soft pastel set.

Amanda uses a variety of Unison, Great American, Blue Earth, Terry Ludwig, and Schminke. (She likes as a good resource for pastel sticks. You can buy them a la carte as well as in sets.)

Hard Pastels:

  • (20-40): Girault or NuPastel - a variety of darks and lights. NO oil pastels.

Drawing Board:  Gator-board (preferably black but white will work) or Masonite board work well for taping your papers and inspiration references on.

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If you have a favorite, please bring it. Amanda will be demoing on LaCarte paper (Sienna color), Art Spectrum Colorfix, Multi Media Pastel Artist Panel or Mounted Wallis. You can buy a large sheet of your preference and cut them down into smaller workable sizes for the class: 8x10, 9x12, 11x14 or 12x16. We will focus on lots of small work.

  • Optional: 1 – 8x10, 9x12 or 11x14 of Gatorboard for making your own surfaces

Any field easel will work, like a French easel. Cole Gallery has some loaner easels to use. Amanda uses a Heilman pastel box on a tripod.

Misc. Supplies:

  • Sketchbook: Small personal sketchbook. MUST HAVE! Any size that you want.
  • Photo references of landscapes to bring for subjects/ inspiration of what you want to paint. KEEP IT SIMPLE. Think 3-5 big shapes. No pets or intricate detailed photos please. Instructor will have inspirational photos as well.
  • Selection of pencils in a variety of hardness: HB, 2B, 4B, 6B
  • Hard vine charcoal for sketching on your surface
  • Kneaded eraser
  • Exacto Knife or straight edge (Amanda prefers Olfa)
  • Pad of Newsprint paper 18x24
  • View finder
  • Brush assortment:

- 1 – 1 ½" small, inexpensive hardware brush
- Different sized “Snap!” brushes by Princeton:  #6, 8 Bright AND   ½” or ¾” Stroke brush (optional, but Amanda likes them because they are synthetic & a good value. She uses them for the underpainting.)

  • Small container of denatured Alcohol or mineral spirits for doing underpainting techniques. (optional- water works too)
  • 4 grey marker-pens (for value sketches- optional) Amanda likes to use a neutral gray color of N20%, N40%, N70% and Black.
  • Spray Fixatives (optional but recommended):

- Any workable fixative for between layers of pastel (these enable you to layer and to go back and re-work if necessary)
- Lascaux fixative for finish work (this is the brand Amanda uses, but others work too.)

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  • Artist tape 3/4"- 1" or Blue painters tape
  • Wet wipes
  • Paper towels (Amanda likes Viva, or Home Depot Shop Towels)
  • 2 medium sized Tupperware containers filled with cheap cornmeal (to clean your pastels)
  • Glassine Paper: to put over your finished work to protect it in transport. Or sandwich between two pieces of gatorboard.

For the $20 supply fee (please bring cash or a check to the instructor), the instructor will provide gator board, copper plates, sanded gesso medium, roller and sandpaper, as well as lecture, demo and hands-on guidance if people want to try this technique.

She will also have extra paper if people want to purchase more from her.

Check this out! ARTspot Concierge Service. ARTspot will personally do your shopping for you! They can set aside the materials you need, ready for pickup - they can even deliver your supplies to Cole Art Studio before your class. Call ARTspot at 425.640.6408 for this great service. Note: To ensure your order can be filled, please order as early as possible.