Upcoming Classes & Workshops

Sign up for a class to explore pastel techniques while expanding your creativity and having fun—registration info is below. Interested in booking a workshop with me for your organization? Let's talk!  

Introduction to Soft Pastels (Online Workshop)

Saturday, June 6, 2020 

9 AM–3 PM  

$80 

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. Supplies required.

Remote learning statement: This program will be offered as an online, synchronous session and class size will be kept small to enable learners to receive feedback. Participants will receive information about access a few days before the program.


Sign up now (UW-Continuing Studies)

Color Confidence in Pastels (Online Workshop)

Saturday, July 11, 2020 

9 AM–3 PM  

$80 

Color is one of the most exciting aspects of pastels and one of the most challenging! We’ll take away the mystery in this workshop, giving you the confidence to create vibrant pastel pieces. With plenty of hands-on time, experiment with color mixing and layering, explore light and value, and try out techniques from historical artists. You’ll get a chance to practice achieving lifelike color while working from simple still life set-ups, and have opportunities to loosen up with bold, expressive color use. Open to all levels. Supplies required.

Remote learning statement: This program will be offered as an online, synchronous session and class size will be kept small to enable learners to receive feedback. Participants will receive information about access a few days before the program.


Sign up now (UW-Continuing Studies)

Portraits in Soft Pastels (Online Workshop)

Saturday, August 8, 2020 

9 AM–3 PM  

$80 

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.

Remote learning statement: This program will be offered as an online, synchronous session and class size will be kept small to enable learners to receive feedback. Participants will receive information about access a few days before the program.


Sign up now (UW-Continuing Studies)

Past Classes

Pastels: Essential Techniques for Drawing & Painting

8 Wednesdays, 7:15–9:45PM  

$195 per student

UW Continuing Studies

Rm. 6231, UW Humanities Building 
455 N. Park St. 
Madison, WI 53706

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.

Color Explorations in Soft Pastels

Saturday, 10AM-4PM (bring lunch)

$100 per student

Lynn's of Madison

5928 Odana Road
Madison, WI 53719

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. Supplies required.

The Pastel Portrait

Saturday, 10AM-4PM (bring lunch)

$100 per student

Lynn's of Madison

5928 Odana Road
Madison, WI 53719

Learn the basics of portraiture using the fun, versatile medium of soft pastel! We’ll discuss basic anatomy of the head, tips for creating a likeness, and ways that color, light, and value can bring your portraits to life. We’ll also cover pastel-specific techniques for approaching the portrait with freshness and creativity. This class is open to all levels, but is best for those with some pastel experience. Please bring several portrait photos to use as reference. Supplies required.

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