Upcoming Classes & Workshops

My classes are an opportunity to explore pastels in a fun, informative setting. Interested in booking a workshop for your organization? Let's talk!  

Portraits in Soft Pastels

Saturday, August 8, 2020 

9 AM–3 PM  



Learn the basics of portraiture using the fun, versatile medium of soft pastel. We’ll discuss key points of facial anatomy and proportions, tips for creating a good likeness, and techniques for using color, light, and value to bring your portraits to life. We’ll also cover pastel-specific techniques for approaching your portraits with freshness and creativity. Open to all levels. Please bring several portrait photos to use as a reference. Supplies required.

This workshop will be offered as an online, synchronous session.

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Pastels: Essential Techniques for Drawing & Painting

Sep. 16–Nov. 4 (8 Wednesdays)

6:00–8:30 PM


$195 per student

Explore the creative possibilities of soft pastel, a fun and versatile medium that combines elements of painting and drawing. Learn about materials and techniques while experimenting with color, value, and mark-making. Hone your artistic eye as we work from photo references and direct observation. Hands-on exercises, demonstrations, and individual instruction increase your confidence with pastels. Open to all levels. Supplies required.

This class will be offered as online, synchronous sessions.

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Previous Classes

Color Explorations in Soft Pastels

Color is one of the most exciting aspects of pastels—and one of the most challenging! This one-day workshop will take away the mystery, leaving you with a solid foundation for creating beautiful, vibrant pastel paintings. You’ll learn fun, simple ways to use color theory for confident results. We'll practice techniques for lifelike, naturalistic color, and we'll experiment with ways to loosen up with bold, expressive color. This class is open to all levels, but is best for those with some pastel experience. 

Introduction to Soft Pastels

Have you always wanted to try soft pastels, but weren’t sure how to begin? This class is for you! Together, we’ll explore the creative possibilities of this fun, versatile medium. Learn about materials and techniques while experimenting with color, composition, and mark-making. Discover the ways you can use pastels to combine the immediacy of drawing with the rich color of painting. This class is aimed at beginners and anyone looking to brush up on the basics. 

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