Pastel Classes with Diane Fechenbach, PSA, PSCM, IAPS/MC
1/4/2017 - 5/17/2017
Highlands Ranch, Colorado
Learn to pain in pastels. It is fun and easy. The results are luminous. The classes cover everything from getting the idea, to planning the painting, selecting materials, and generating the first sketches. Included are kinds of pastel, and whether more expensive brands are worth it, and tips and tricks on learning how to apply, glaze, scumble, and mix pastels. In addition, topics include the pros and cons of various grounds, learning and using compositional elements, identifying a focal point, and developing the point of interest. The emphasis of the classes will be on building strong paintings and developing a personal style.

Join me in my studio, near Denver, with a gaggle of wonderful, supportive artists. Two sessions of classes: 1st and 3rd Wednesdays from 10am to 3pm. All experience levels are welcome. Class sizes are limited.
Your Creative Journey - Through Pastel, Level 2 with Marjie Eakin-Petty
2/18/2017 - 2/19/2017
Marjie's Home Studio in Evergreen CO
2 Day Studio Workshops Now in 2 Levels.
Level 2 - Experienced, for those who've taken Level 1 and wish to advance their skills toward more dynamic and effective pastel paintings. Work on projects of your choice or complete paintings begun in previous workshops. More time available for painting, easel-side assistance, advanced lessons and individual guidance by Marjie, while you enjoy wine and cheese each afternoon.

Each day begins with a time of gathering and further exploration of your own creative journey, and brief exercises to stimulate your creative fire and inspire your life as an artist. Followed by instruction of soft pastel techniques, composition and color theory, and developing your unique style.
Preparing Digital Entries for Shows by PSC's Jeannette Stutzman
Spirit of Hope Methodist Church
3885 S. Broadway, Englewood CO 80113
February 25, 2017 from 9am to 1pm

Bring your Laptop if you have one so you can work along in class. Come about 15 minutes early to setup your computer and connect to the internet.

Get expert help understanding the process of preparing your art photos for online entry. We will also discuss resolution, color modes, file formats, photography and scanning considerations.

  • What is Resolution? DPI vs PPI and how that relates for print and web...
  • What are Pixels?
  • What does it mean when someone says to make an image 1024 px wide?
  • What is a jpg? Understanding the quality vs compression...
  • What happens if I re-save jpg files?

Most juried shows are now using services such as Online Juried Shows or Zapplication to handle entries. They each have specific requirements for the type and size of files you send and may disqualify entries that do not meet those requirements.

Just in time for our Mile High National Show, Jeannette will expertly and kindly walk us through the process, both as a demo and with individual help. Our Online Show will require digital entries as well. Let us show you how to prepare your entries!

Bring your laptop if you have one, a prospectus or two and either Photoshop or Photoshop Elements and some photos of your art to work with. We will also be using a free online program so this is for you even if you don't have Photoshop or another software program to use!

Demo and discussion will be from 9:30-11:00 and individual help from 11:00-12:30. If you don't have a computer to bring, don't let that stop you from joining! There will be demos and handouts to follow as well as Q&A.

Jeannette is a full-time graphic designer with over 30 years of experience in design as well as 15 years experience teaching computer basics, page layout, photoshop, computer illustration and visual design at Rocky Mountain College of Art & Design.

Cost is $50.00 (plus $2 for PayPal processing fees) Register from our Shows/Events page
Explore the Color and Light of Australia with Sally Strand!
3/13/2017 - 3/23/2017
Explore the Color and Light of Australia with master pastelist Sally Strand.

Sydney and South Coast Art Adventure

10 magical days!

This Sydney and South Coast Art Adventure offers the perfect setting for artists to explore a variety of classically Australian landscapes from Sydney Harbour to the beauty of the Australian coastline and ­national parks.

For details and to reserve a space, contact:
Gillian Grove
0411 317 606

Download flyer and view itinerary
Abstracts in Pastel Taught by Diane Fechenbach
One-day Workshop
Abstracts in Pastel, Taught by Diane Fechenbach

Tentatively scheduled for March 25th, 9:00-4:00
Check your March newsletter for details and for registration info.
3-Day UART Workshop with Lorenzo Chavez: "Effective Landscape Painting in the Studio"
4/7/2017 - 4/9/2017
The Schoolhouse Art Studio on Main Street, Parker, CO

Time: Friday April 7 9:00-4:00 pm, Sat. April 8 9:00-4:00 pm, Sun April 9 9:00 -4:00 pm

Medium: Pastels

Skill level: Beginner to advanced
, Price: $375.00
 Students: 6-12

Join internationally known award winning painter and one of Plein Air Painters of America's newest members, Lorenzo Chavez, for an inspiring and insightful landscape painting workshop in his studio. By students bringing in their own reference photos and field studies, they can learn to visualize the landscape in unique and exciting new ways while also honoring the traditions of the past while utilizing the visual approaches of shape, value, edges, line, and color. Lorenzo is well known for his patience and articulate lessons that will awaken your artistic vision.

This workshop will offer plenty of individual attention, daily demonstrations and group discussions in a relaxed and inspiring setting.

About the Artist: Lorenzo Chavez lives in Colorado and enjoys Painting in both pastel and oil. He participates in several national invitational and International group exhibitions and has won major awards including the Pastel Society of America in New York; His work has been chosen to represent PSA in the Butler Art Museum, Ohio. Pastel Society of Spain, Pastel Society of France, Artists of America Show in Denver, Rims to Ruins Exhibition, Plein Air Painters of America, Albuquerque Art Museum, Maynard Dixon Country,100 Gold Medal Exhibition at The Pasadena Art Museum, The Brinton Museum, Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum, The Brinton Museum, Coors Show in Denver, Butler Art Museum, Laguna Art Museum, Gilcrease Museum, Steamboat Art Museum. Legacy Gallery, Cape Cod Art Museum, Blue Rain Gallery Santa Fe, Helena Fox Fine Art, and Settlers West Gallery, Trailside Galleries. He was featured in a successful one-man show at the C.M. Russell Museum and has participated successfully in several C.M. Russell Art Auctions.

UART will provide you via email with a full list of materials before the beginning of the workshop.

Check out Lorenzo's paintings at
To register, go to:
2 Day Workshop by Award Winning Artist, Lorraine Trenholm
5/16/2017 - 5/17/2017
Grand Junction, Colorado (site to be announced)
What: 2 Day Workshop provided by Award Winning Artist, Lorraine Trenholm
When: Tuesday – Wednesday, May 16th-17th, 2017 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Where: Grand Junction, Colorado (site to be announced)
Cost: $185.00 early registration fee if registered by 03/10/17
$225.00 registration fee 03/11/17 – 04/07/17 last day to register;

Maximum Class size is limited to 20 artists. Materials list and location of classes will be provided nearer to the time of the event.

Registration will be available on our Shows/Events page...
Painting the Italian Countryside in Pastels with Steven R Hill
5/19/2017 - 5/24/2017
Orvietto, Italy
Join Steven and Martha Jordan, owner of Winslow Art Center for 8 fantastic days of painting near Orvietto, Italy, May 19-26, 2017.
This trip begins and ends in Rome, with all meals, lodging, ground transportation and daily painting instruction with Steven. We will be staying at a beautiful villa/farm near Orvietto, where Italian cooking classes are also offered, mainly for non-painters in the group. Only $2975 with a $200 workshop fee discount offered for registration before January 31, 2017. See photos, full details on link provided. Ltd. to 14 participants. What better things do you have to do, than to paint, tour, eat and relax in Italy in May?
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Capture the Feeling en Plein Air with Jeannette Stutzman
5/19/2017 - 5/21/2017
Evergreen, CO
Join us for this 3 day plein air workshop~ Let's get outside and experience the landscape! Why is it so important to paint from life? What will you see that a photo can't show you and how to translate that onto your canvas or paper. Evergreen is a beautiful area in the foothills with lots of Open Space parks, Aspen and Evergreen trees, rivers, meadows and mountain views. Come prepared to tap into why you are drawn to painting landscapes, what inspires you and start to apply that to the scenes you choose.

Daily Discussion and demos will include choosing a palette, the use of a red filter to evaluate value, creating and the value of notans plus lots of painting and seeing tips! Lots of time painting with patient, individual help.

Please contact Jeannette with any questions at 303-202-5859 or

More Information and Registration at the "more info" link below
The Beauty of Imperfection with Jen Evenhus
6/23/2017 - 6/25/2017
Cheyenne WY LCCC campus
Be brave while exploring your inner voice, letting go of perfection and playing with a variety of materials to create bold expressive works of art as we step fearlessly into the unknown. Using timed exercises to loosen up and reveal your innate intuition forces us to use bold strokes with wild abandon, creating happy little accidents and mark-making that reveal your personal style.
Students will work with landscape photos provided by instructor, with your own photo reference, and with still life objects. Along with a good variety of soft and hard pastels, and good sanded pastel paper, other materials like ink, markers, brushes and graphite will be used. We will use contemporary impressionist, expressionist, and abstract styles as we explore shapes, composition, positive and negative space, bold vs neutral color and mark-making.
There will be challenging exercises, instructor demos, one-on-one coaching, critiques, discussions, and painting throughout this intense fun 3-day workshop with PSA Master Pastelist Jen Evenhus. Come with an open mind and willing spirit! A $100 non-refundable deposit will be required to hold your spot
with full payment due by April 30, 2017.
Chasing the Light with Tony Allain PS, PSA, IAPS-MC, MPANZ
7/6/2017 - 7/10/2017
Littleton Museum
"I am not interested in pure representation; my work is about responses to the moods and atmospheres generated by world I see."

Registration opens on March 1, 2017, 6am.

The Pastel Society of Colorado is pleased to have Tony Allain as instructor for two workshops this year. He will teach a three day and a one day pastel workshop entitled "Chasing the Light" at the Littleton Museum Wednesday through Saturday, July 6, 7, 8, 2017. The one day workshop will be on Monday, July 10, 2017. Hours for both workshops are 9am to 4pm daily.

For a description of the workshop, please visit

Materials List:
As many artists quality soft pastels as you feel comfortable with. Color range is more important than quantity.
Assortment of papers/supports: Art Spectrum, Uart, Pastel Premier, Canson Mi-Tientes, Wallis or handmade support (NO WHITE PAPER).
Sketch Book
Pencils, ruler, masking tape or clips.
Easel and smooth drawing//backing board, cushioned with foam board.
Hand wipe/paper towels.
Photo reference you feel at ease with (No magazine photos please!)
Selection of permanent ink black wedge shaped marker pens, the fatter the better.
A sense of humour!!

I use mainly Unison, Great American, Terry Ludwig and Schminke.

Art Spectrum Colourfix in terra cotta, burnt umber, raw sienna and soft beige. Canson Mi-Tientes mid grey, raw sienna. Gesso primed hardboard with house paint and acrylic pastel primer.

The museum is open from 8 am to 5 pm. There is free parking available. Beverages will be available, but a sack lunch is a good idea. The Littleton Museum is a delightful venue for studio and plein air work at the discretion of the artist and teacher. It is on the grounds of a working, historical farm and park with a lake.

Cost: For the three day workshop, PSC Members $350; Non-members $390. For the one day workshop, PSC Members $115; Non-Members $155. To sign up for either of the workshops, please go to the PSC shows/events page of our website at Registration opens online March 1, 6am online with payment through a Paypal account or credit card. Contact workshop coordinator Lisa Hale (720-724-4568) with any questions.

Refund Policy: Refunds of the registration fee minus a $75 administrative fee will be allowed until June 15, 2016. After that date, refunds will not be given.
Capturing the Light in the Pastel Landscape with Clive Tyler
7/21/2017 - 7/23/2017
Center for The Arts Evergreen
3 day class
Capturing the Light in the Pastel Landscape

In this class we will explore impressionism and abstraction style while creating representational landscapes filled with light. Daily demonstrations will touch on underpainting techniques, color theory, and back painting techniques that add mood and emotion into the painting. The goal is always to expand on photographs to create landscapes that are rich and painterly by using edges, bold strokes and color to bring freshness to each painting. We will work two days from photographs provided by the workshop participants and one day, weather permitting, we will work en plein air. Throughout the workshop we will practice creating, not duplicating, as we work to capture the essence of the scene in a way that expands your potential as an artist.

The 3 day workshop is to be held July 21-23, 2017. The price of the workshop is $330 for current PSC members. Non-members cost is $375. Registration opens on April 1 at

Workshop: Clive Tyler will teach a 3 day workshop in conjunction with the exhibit.
July 21, 2017, Friday, 9am -4pm
July 22, 2017, Saturday, 9am- 4pm
July 23, 2017, Sunday, 9am - 4pm

More information about the workshop will be given in a following newsletter.

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