Pastel Workshops

Discovery: Intro to Pastels
w/ Janis Graves

Sunday / August 11 / 10:30-4:30 pm

Welcome to our “Discovery!” series – a safe and encouraging place to learn about doing art – just for beginners!

 Pastels are one of the easiest and most immediate ways to draw and get color at the same time. In this one-day workshop, Julia will teach you all about pastels and you’ll plunge into those gorgeous colors, learning to create spectacular effects while creating a fantastic skyscape painting.  Come join us in this relaxed and fun workshop where your journey to pastel painting will begin!

Crazily Creative Portraits in Mixed Media
w/ Joe Mac Kechnie

Saturday-Sunday / August 24-25 / 10:30-4:30

Get ready for some fun portrait drawing and painting! With this award-winning portrait artist and instructor, you’ll break out of the mold and learn to spice up your portraiture with your own expressive and creative style using watercolor, acrylics, pastels, charcoals and inks.  After a quick review of how to get the features in the right places, you’ll learn ways to paint out-of-the-box, edgy, funny, emotional, and surreal faces.  This course is open to all who have good drawing experience, at least a little portraiture, and have used one or more of the painting mediums listed above. Not suitable for beginners.

Exploring Pastels
w/ Janis Graves

Five classes / Tuesdays / Sept 17, 24, Oct 1, 8 & 15 / 10:30-1:30

All about Pastels for all levels – beginners included! Great for students who’ve just taken the “Discovery” class as well as experienced pastel students who want to learn Janis’ techniques. In this 5-week course, you’ll cover a range of topics as Janis unravels the mysteries of pastels – surface preparation, composition and design, how to choose colors, and all her tips and tricks to put you on the path to success. You’ll love learning with Janis and will be ready for all our other pastel classes! 

Mostly Charcoal with a Chance of Pastel
w/ Julia Carpenter

5 Tuesdays: October 22, 29, November 5, 12, 19 / 10:30-1:30

Dive into charcoal’s velvety blackness, and get in touch with your wild side. Come draw big, bold and expressive birds, animals, landscapes, and portraits. Learn the basics of shading and various techniques to unlock this magical medium.  You are guaranteed to get dirty and have fun doing it!

Colorful Pastels - Animals, Birds and More!
w/ Janis Graves

Saturday - Sunday / October 26-27 / 10:30-4:30

We’re bringing back this popular workshop where you’ll learn to create colorful animals, birds and landscapes with local artist Janis Graves!  Fur and feathers, beaks and hooves – you’ll be creating your very own piece of art, featuring gorgeous and vibrant color in versatile pastels.  Fly fast to sign up – this one is sure to fill up quickly!

The Language of Trees and Light in Pastels
w/ Amanda Houston

Friday - Sunday / November 8-10 / 10:30-4:30

All about trees in your pastel paintings! Dive deeper into trees, “sky holes” and their place in creating great landscapes. With a review how to paint dramatic skies, land and water, this class will focus on capturing the beauty and diversity of trees – that magical intersection where land meets sky, with sparkling light coming through the branches and leaves.

All workshops must be paid in full to sign up.

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We offer 90% refunds for student cancellations 14 days or more before class.

No Refunds for Cancellations less than 14 days prior to class.

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