Pastel Workshops

Orchestrating Great Compositions in Pastel
w/ Amanda Houston

Sat-Sun / Oct 14-15 / 10-5 pm

This 2-day workshop will have just the right mix of theory, technique, and experimentation for learning. Amanda will share all her knowledge of how to paint with pastels, using different techniques on different surfaces to achieve different results. Packed full of good design fundamentals, this class will focus on creating and orchestrating great compositions in landscapes. You’ll get tricks and tips on how to paint inspiring skies and landscapes in pastel.

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

Sun / Nov 12 / 10:30-4:30 pm

Learn to paint animals and birds 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!

Discovery! A Very Beginning Experience with Pastels
w/ Joe Mac Kechnie

Sat / Dec 2 / 10:30-4:30 pm

Our “Discovery!” series is just for beginners! If you want to check out wonderful creamy, soft, vibrant pastels – here is the perfect opportunity! Taught by our beloved Joe Mac Kechnie, who is absolutely great with brand new beginners, you will create a piece of art with movement and vibrancy. And you’ll go from “I could never do that” to “Oh yes I can!” Join the fun!


Beginning Portraits in Charcoal, Pastel and Watercolor
w/ Joe MacKechnie

5 classes / Thursdays / 2-5 pm
Jan 18, 25, Feb 1, 8 & 15

A great class for beginners at portraits who want to take their drawing and painting to the next level! Artist and beloved instructor Joe Mac Kechnie will guide you in your very first portrait. The first two classes will be dedicated to how to draw the portrait using charcoal. You will discover that drawing the portrait is easier and more fun than you previously might have thought. In the last three classes, we will explore painting the portrait using watercolors and pastels.