Pastel Workshops

Drawing with Color: Pastels!
w/Joe Mac Kechnie

5 classes / Thursdays / January 17, 24, 31, February 7, 14 / 2:00-5:00pm

A great class for students new to pastels, and also for not-so-beginners. Join this experienced artist and instructor for some great learning and fun. You will use all you’ve learned in your Drawing classes - and then throw in vibrant color! Fun!

Crazily Creative Portraits in Mixed Media
w/ Joe Mac Kechnie

Saturday-Sunday / January 26-27, 2019 / 10:30-4:30pm

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.

Bird Portraits on Copper in Pastel
w/ Amanda Houston

Saturday-Sunday / February 23-24 / 10:30-4:30

You’ve asked for it – here it is! Talented pastel artist Amanda Houston is known up and down the coast for her amazing bird portraits on copper. And in this great 2-day workshop, you’ll learn all her tips and tricks for “painting” on copper, plus how to create those wonderful birds! You’ll leave with your very own sweet flock of bird paintings.

Painting with Oils, Acrylics or Pastels
w/ Janis Graves

5 Tuesdays / March 5, 12, 19, 26 & April 2
Morning session only: 1030 am-130 pm
Morning and Afternoon: 1030 am-130 pm and 2-5 pm

Learn more about painting in the medium of your choice – whether in Pastel, Oil or Acrylic. In this 5-week course in the morning session, Janis will share from her wealth of knowledge in all 3 mediums, covering a range of topics such as composition and design, proportions and measuring, surface preparation, color choice and mixing, and still life set-ups. You can bring in your own work and references, and Janis will help you take your skills to the next level. Many of you wanted the option to carry over through the afternoon, painting with Janis’ continued guidance – so we’ve added “Option B”.


Become a Better Landscape Painter in Pastel
w/ Amanda Houston

Friday-Sunday / April 5-7 / Friday 10:30-6:00 pm and Saturday-Sunday 10:30-5:00 pm

Expand your creative abilities with pastel! From this national and internationally award-winning artist, you’ll learn how value, patterns and color temperatures can make your paintings really stand out. Amanda will show you how to create mood, emotion and atmosphere. This workshop will take your paintings to the next level.


All workshops must be paid in full to sign up.

We are happy to take your payments over the phone,
 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.

 For information on our cancellation policy, please check out our FAQ page on this website