Pastel Workshops

Pastel Basics: Technique and Color
w/ Janis Graves

Saturday-Sunday / June 22-23 / 10:30-4:30

Enjoy two days of painting with pastel with this super-fun instructor! Our local pastel expert will teach you all about how to use pastels to create a vibrant painting, from beginning to end. You’ll cover some basic (and not-so basic) techniques for overcoming challenges.  You’ll learn how to prepare the substructures for successful painting in pastels. And you’ll learn all about color! Sign up today!

Discovery: Chalk Pastels!
w/ Julia Carpenter

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.

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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 in person or on our website.

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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