PSC Calendar of Events
Please visit our event calendar page by clicking the link below. Our show chairs and other PSC administrators will be adding important event dates regularly so please visit often!
"Paint the Light in Pastel" with Rita Kirkman
7/15/2019 - 7/19/2019
The Abby of the Hills Inn and Retreat Center, Marvin, SD
Immerse yourself in the tranquility of this former monastery while stimulating your creativity with a Rita Kirkman Pastel Workshop! The 5-day workshop will give you plenty of time to exercise and improve your pastel abilities (all skill levels welcome) in the classroom, while leaving extra hours to explore the beautiful grounds, paint outside, sketch and take photos, or simply relax!

One price includes the workshop tuition, on-site lodging and daily home-cooked meals.

Learn to capture light with Rita's innovative underpainting technique. Receive helpful hints and tips from Rita's 40+ years of experience with pastel. Lots of individual attention given!

Instruction will emphasize composition and techniques for a small format, value and temperature control, how to creatively interpret your photos and how to stay productive with your art within a busy lifestyle! Plenty of discussion and advice on "Daily Painting." You can work at your own pace and might complete 1-3 paintings each day.
Sally Strand, Painting the Color of Light, Hudson River Valley Art Workshops
7/21/2019 - 7/27/2019
Greenville Arms, in the Catskill Mountings, Greenville, New York
The Pastel Society of America and Hudson River Valley Art Workshops are excited to jointly offer this special destination workshop with PSA Master Pastelist and Hall of Fame Honoree Sally Strand.

This is a combination of Sally's signature workshop, The Color of Light, along with her Paint-With-Me and Mentoring Workshop. While being mentored by Sally, participants will also have the opportunity to apply the lessons en plein air. All artists will benefit from in-studio projects that solidify valuable principles needed for outdoor painting.

In addition to easel time, indoors and out, this workshop will include a private tour of Olana, home of Frederick Church, noted Hudson River School artist. On another day, the class will venture to some of the very same spots that inspired the Hudson River School painters.
Creating Realisism and Vibrant Color with Pastels Instructor Nikki Miles
7/25/2019 - 7/26/2019
Center for the Arts Evergreen
Level 2
Creating Realism and Vibrant Color with Pastels
2 Day Workshop July 25-26 10-3
Fee $180

This class is great for anyone who has previously painted with pastels.

I have always been mesmerized with artists that create realistic paintings. I can look for hours at the details and marvel at the realism they have created. But how do they do it?

In this 2 day workshop, we will explore that very question. Your day begins with a journey through many artists' realistic paintings and I will share the secrets to unlocking realism in your paintings. We will practice pastel techniques designed to help you succeed. Each day will also include time at the easel where you will be working on a painting of your choosing. During that time, I will be helping you fulfill your unique goals.

Please contact Nikki with any questions at
2-Day Indoor Workshop with Lorenzo Chavez
8/23/2019 - 8/24/2019
Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Drive, Colorado Springs, CO, 80920
This 2-day indoor workshop will focus on achieving a new level of landscape painting ability, using your own photographic information and interesting design concepts.

We will use our reference material to create a new and more interesting painting.

Demonstrations and critiques will be conducted as a group and on an individual basis. Plenty of personal attention is the goal of the instructor.

Cost: $250 for PPPS Members, and $300 for Non-members
Plein Air Painting Lorenzo Chavez
9/8/2019 - 9/13/2019
Cotopaxi Colorado
5 day plein air painting workshop on the beautiful Eden West Ranch near Cotopaxi Colorado. Come paint the stunning and inspiring Colorado Autumn color on and around a private ranch. Lodging, Meals and workshop all inclusive event.
The Power of Pastel Landscape
9/13/2019 - 9/15/2019
Laramie County Community College, Cheyenne
Join master pastelist and widely popular instructor Robert Carsten in exploring three varied ways to express our ideas and feelings in our pastel paintings. Each day begins with an introduction of characteristics and concepts, and a demonstration of techniques related to the day's theme. Lots of fun, visual exploration of ideas and painting time. At-easel/desk and group critique/appreciation. All levels welcome absolute beginner through advanced.
Your Creative Journey - Through Pastel Level 2
with Marjie Eakin-Petty
10/19/2019 - 10/20/2019
Center for the Arts Evergreen
2 Day Studio Workshop 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 paint each afternoon.

Each day begins with a time of gathering and further exploration of your 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.

Marjie is an internationally and nationally awarded Colorado artist, who's pastel paintings convey vivid contrast and interplay of vibrant color, capturing dramatic light and shadow. She is best known for her serene depictions of water and dramatic light and shadow from Southwestern and Rocky Mountain region landscapes. She has incorporated her background a graphic designer / art director and a Life & Creativity Coach with her more than 25 years of experience of painting in Oils and Pastels to guide and inspire others in their artistic interests..
3 Day Indoor Painting Workshop with Jeannette Stutzman PSCM
10/21/2019 - 10/23/2019
Evergreen Fire & Rescue Administrative Building, Evergreen, CO 80439
Join us for this 3 day painting workshop~

Demos, Exercises, Indoor Painting Time with focus on:
  • Identifying Shapes
  • Light Family & Shadow Family
  • Color Wheel: Compliments, Color Harmony
  • Composition Tools
  • Atmosphere
  • Edges
  • Broken Color
  • Mark Making

Limited to 10 students.
Phone: 303-202-5859, Email:
Sally Strand, The Color of Light
10/24/2019 - 10/26/2019
Award Winning Artist Workshops, Matthews, North Carolina
Focusing on color and light, Sally discusses optical mixing of layered color and how to truly see and identify color, especially subtle color. The effects of light on color, composition, and perception, as well as the use of different types of light are explored. Painting from costumed models and still life, each student receives individual attention and critiques. Demonstrations, lectures, and a slideshow are designed to give students tools to achieve intensely beautiful color.

Contact: Shirley Harris
Your Creative Journey - Through Pastel Level 1
with Marjie Eakin-Petty
11/9/2019 - 11/10/2019
Center for the Arts Evergreen
Beginning with the Basics - Building Foundational Skills
Best for those new to pastel or to painting or any level wishing to spark up their color and technique skills. These two-day indoor workshops focus on discovering your own path to inspiration while learning how to capture the essence of excitement in the landscape. Learn the principles of creating vibrant pastel paintings, infusing your artwork with dynamic light and color. Enjoy the process of connecting with your own creative expression while learning the fundamentals of pastel painting in a fun and relaxed environment.
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