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One Hundred Variations; A Journey (102)

Loosen-up Your Landscapes (306)

Marla has been a professional artist for over 30 years. A prolific painter and teacher, she is represented in galleries throughout the country and a contributor to many art publications such as Pastel Journal. She is a signature member of PSA and a Master Circle in IAPS. She is well known for her 100 Variation Series.



Animal Portraits (WS13)

Painting a Bird (309)

Mike’s interest in art began at an early age in England where his neighbor, a portrait artist, sparked a fascination. Painting in oils or pastels, in studio or on location, Mike is focused on capturing the light and creating a mood. His work has been selected in Pastel Journal’s top 100 competitions, the Richeson 75, and IAPS. Mike is a signature member of PSA and the Pastel Society of Colorado and has taught for 30 years.



Beginning Photoshop for Fine Artists (207)

Sandra’s atmospheric, chiaroscuro-filled pastels have been featured in Pastel Journal, American Artist, Artist’s Magazine, and Pastel Artist International, and included in Pastel School, Pastel Solution, and Pastel Artist’s Bible. As a PSA Master Pastelist, and IAPS Golden Mentor Award Recipient, she has attained IAPS Master Circle Status. Exhibiting nationally, garnering top awards including Prix de Pastel (IAPS 2011 Convention Exhibition). Sandra teaches workshops in pastel painting and Photoshop.



It's All About the Light — Using Light Effect as a Compositional Tool (201)

You're Not in Kansas Anymore — Experimenting with Color in the Landscape (310)

Robert is a board member of the Pastel Society of America and Editor of PSA's Pastelagram and exhibition catalog. A contributing writer to Pastel Journal and The Artist's Magazine, and juror/judge for national exhibitions, his paintings are shown in museums and galleries worldwide and featured in Pure Color/The Best of Pastel, Pastel Journal, The Artist's Magazine, Strokes of Genius/The Best of Drawing.



Winter Streams in the Rockies (204)

Capturing the light of the American Southwest (WS18)

Lorenzo finds inspiration in the intoxicating, open spaces of the American West. Raised in New Mexico, he now resides in Colorado. He participates in prestigious exhibitions including PSA, Artists of America, Albuquerque Art Museum, Pasadena Art Museum, Colorado Springs Fine Art Museum, Laguna Art Museum and the Gilcrease Museum. Pastellistes De France, Pastel Society of Spain. Lorenzo has juried numerous pastel exhibitions and has taught workshops across the country, and his work has been featured in art magazines and numerous books.



Pastel & H2O - Special Effects and Textures (WS9)

Bill is a Pastel Society of America Hall of Fame Honoree and author of The Pastel Book. and has written articles for Pastel Journal and American Artist magazines. A PSA Master Pastelist, Bill Creevy is listed in Who’s Who in American Art, and is an American Artist magazine Pastel Teacher of the Year.





Designing your Painting with an Organizational Shape (WS1)

Three Approaches to Exciting Color (301)

Doug has received awards from, PSA, IAPS, and AWS. He was a founding board member for the Art Students League of Denver, where he currently teaches, as well as at painting workshops around the U.S. He is recognized as a Master of Pastel by PSA. He is the author of the book Capturing Light and Color with Pastel and is included in many instructional books on pastel painting. He is a Member of the Masters Circle of IAPS and was the PSA 2008 Hall of Fame Honoree.



By the Garden Gate (WS6)

Made in the Shade (106)

Christine was born in the Hudson Valley, where she began her landscape painting career, and was first introduced to pastel. Her work has garnered numerous awards and honors, including PSWC- Distinguished Pastelist, and IAPS Master Circle. Her impressionist paintings have been exhibited across the US and Europe, and included in several magazine articles, such as Pratiques des Artes and American Artist, as well as four books on painting. She lives in Arizona.



Character-Study Portrait on Velour (108)

Leslie began his art studies in Canada, then continued at the Art Students League New York City. He taught painting in pastels and oils, specializing in portraiture, for over 50 years, with workshops and seminars throughout the USA and the world. He has been on the faculty of Scottsdale Artists School for 25 years. He was Grand Opening Demonstrator for IAPS 2007, and is a Member of PSA and Fellow of American Artists Professional League.




Paint The Figure in Pastels with Live Model (WS5)

Paint The Figure from a Photo (208)

Master Pastelist Margaret Dyer has been featured in Pure Color: the Best of Pastels, How Did you Paint that? 100 Ways to Paint Figures 2005 & 2004; Pastel Highlights 2, The Pastel Journal; International Artists Magazine; The Artist’s Magazine; American Artist Magazine and Pastel Artist International. Margaret conducts workshops across the country and in France.



The Painterly Colorist (WS10)

Painting the Upside-Down Image (307)

Frank is a seasoned artist with many credits garnishing his career. He has attained the honorable level of signature membership of numerous prestigious art societies. He has received many awards including the Grumbacher Gold, Silver and Bronze, many honors from PSA, National Society of Painters in Casein & Acrylic, Allied Artists of America, and is the 2012 Pastel Society of America Hall of Fame Honoree. Frank conducts painting workshops and has had numerous exhibitions of his work domestically and abroad.



Rich Underpainting & Vibrant Light (WS3)

Terri Ford, an IAPS Master Circle member since 2007, is a Distinguished Pastelist with the Pastel Society of the West Coast and Signature Member of the Pastel Society of America. She received the 13th Annual Pastel 100 Grand Prize, and has won numerous other top awards for her pastel paintings.




The Elemental Dance Between Sky and Water (210)

New Mexico Plein Air—Paint the Land of Enchantment (WS17)

Liz received her IAPS Master Circle in 2011, and is the Vice President of IAPS. Her book, Painting Brilliant Skies and Water in Pastel, will be published by North Light Books in 2013. A popular workshop instructor and judge, she holds Signature Memberships in the Pastel Society of America, Pastel Painters of Cape Cod, and the Connecticut Pastel Society.



Private Critiques: Share Your Work with Anne Hevener and Jamie Markle (105)   (206)

Anne has been a publishing professional for more than 20 years and the editor of F+W Media’s Pastel Journal since 2006, for which she has interviewed and written about dozens of today’s top pastel artists. In recognition of her contributions, the Pastel Society of America selected Anne for the 2012 Friend of Pastel Award.



Pastels Over an Acrylic Underpainting (107)

Carole has been a professional artist for more than 40 years. Her pastel paintings have been exhibited in galleries and museums throughout the U.S. and Asia. Her 14 art instruction books published by North Light and Watson-Guptill, include Express Yourself With Pastel and Creative Painting with Pastel.





Making Your Mark (WS7)

Simplifying for Strength (WS14)

A Signature Member of PSA, Laguna Plein Air Painters, a Distinguished Pastelist of Pastel Society of the West Coast, and an Artist Member of the California Art Club. Kim’s work has gained national attention and been featured in Southwest Art Magazine, Fine Art Connoisseur, American Artist, The Pastel Journal and American Art Collector. Kim has received recognition for her landscapes at major plein air events, society shows and museum exhibitions. She leads workshops across the country.



Private Critiques: Share Your Work with Anne Hevener and Jamie Markle (105)  (206)

As Group Publisher of F+W Media’s Fine Art community, Jamie oversees the development of their various fine art properties, including magazines, books, videos and websites. He was the recipient of the IAPS “Golden Mentor” award in 2011. As a fine artist, Jamie has worked in various media, including pastel, acrylic, watercolor, oil and collage.



Water Scenes & Reflections (WS8)

Rainy City Scenes — How to Create a Wet Look (303)

Andrew McDermott was born in England and moved to Canada at a young age. After graduating in Graphic Design and Illustration, he refined his own unique style winning top awards in Canada and the US. He has many published articles, including The Artist's Magazine “25 under 40,” and full feature articles in top art magazines such as International Artist, The Artist UK, Magazin'art, and Pastel Journal. Andrew is President of the Federation of Canadian Artists.



Plein Air Pastel Indoors (104)

The Expressive Landscape (WS16)

The 2010 Hall of Fame inductee of PSA, a Signature Distinguished Pastelist and 2012 Pastel Laureate of PSWC, and an honorary member of the Degas Pastel Society, Richard is featured in numerous magazines and is a contributing editor to Pastel Journal. His book, Pastel Pointers, Top Secrets for Beautiful Pastel Paintings, and two DVDs (North Light 2010) compile years of his published columns and blogs. An avid plein air painter, Richard divides his time between painting the locations he is passionate about, reinterpreting back in the studio, writing about art, and instructing workshops.



Powerful Landscapes through Rich Underpainting and High Contrast (WS2)

Raised in rural Colorado and now living in northern California with a lifelong appreciation for nature, Clark has painted landscapes for decades. Recently his pastels have been on the cover and in feature articles in Southwest Art and The Pastel Journal, and he received Best in Show at the Maui Plein Air Invitational in 2011. He is a Master Pastelist PSA, and Distinguished Pastelist PSWC.



Simply Nature: From Realistic to Evocative (MC1)

Painting Natural Landscape Components (WS12)

Elizabeth is the Pastel Society of America 2009 Hall of Fame Honoree. Recent honors include Colorado International Exhibition 2010 “Best of Show” and Audubon Artists Exhibition 2010 Art Spirit Gold Medal for Pastel. Now a Colorado resident, Elizabeth is the author of The Pastelist’s Year, The Poetic Landscape, and Landscape Meditations.



Hand Made Surfaces (211)

Paul has won major awards including the Prix de Pastel from IAPS in its 2001 exhibition, and Best of Show in the Pastel Journal Top 100 in 2006. He attributes a great deal of his success to his surface which he’s used for 15 years. His surface does a lot of his work for him and can create great texture as well as smooth gradations. It works beautifully with all pastels.






Infuse Light and Energy in Your Pastels (109)

Advancing Your Pastel Painting Technique (WS11)

Desmond is a Master Pastelist with PSA and is listed in Who’s Who in American Art. In 2005, he was inducted into the IAPS Masters Circle. Desmond has won several awards in national exhibitions including the IAPS Prix’d Pastel, and has been the subject of feature articles in numerous national and international magazines. His art is in public and private collections in the United States, Japan, Canada, and Europe.



Get Your Work Out There! The Very Best Ways to Market Your Art Online (205,305)

Pastelist and graphic designer Julia Patterson has fostered the success of artists and arts groups for 15 years. She constantly explores the best online avenues for artist self-promotion using social media and low-cost online tools. Julia is a Signature Member of the Arizona Pastel Artists Association and an advocate for all things pastel.



Painting Dynamic Rock Formations (209)

Painting Colorful Trees & Grasses (308)

Dennis was an advertising illustrator/designer until 1998 when he turned his attention to pastel painting. He is a master pastelist in both PSA and CPS. His colorful landscape paintings have won awards in national competitions such as Best in Show in the Richeson 75 International Pastels 2010 and Pastel Journal’s 100 Best landscapes in 2005 and 2012. He teaches pastel workshops and judges exhibitions throughout the U.S.



A Still Life: The Direct Approach (103)

Karin is a signature member of Canada’s most prestigious art societies with a Master Pastelist designation by Pastel Artists Canada. Her award-winning work and dedication to the arts community earned her the 2010 Immigrant of Distinction Award. She is a passionate teacher in classes, workshops and painting holidays on land and at sea in Canada and abroad.




Capturing Realistic Skin Tones (203)

Creating Prize-Winning Portraits (302)

William was trained at the American Academy of Art and with artists like Dan Gerhartz, and Harley Brown. His work has been featured in numerous magazine articles and books and has received awards in exhibitions including: Pastel 100, Oil Painters of America, Portrait Society of America, and The Pastel Society of America. His instructional DVDs are carried by Liliedahl Video Productions.




Above The Horizon: Painting Dramatic Skies at Dusk & Dawn (304)

Stan Sperlak is known for his dramatic landscape paintings of the sea, marshes and sky. He studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia, PA. He maintains a teaching studio where a marsh, farm and forest meet on the Crow Creek in Goshen, NJ. He is a signature member of the PSA, the Maryland Pastel Society, and served on the board of The Mid Atlantic Plein Air Painters Association.



Exploring Abstraction with Pastel (WS4)

Abstractions in Pastel (101)

Iowa artist, Debora L. Stewart's abstractions are intuitive and expressive. She is a Signature Member of the Pastel Society of America and has exhibited her work in the Midwest, Denver and Chicago. Stewart's pastels have won awards from the Pastel Journal magazine's Pastel 100 Competition in 2010 and 2011.



Using Photographs to create Painterly Children’s Portraits (WS15)

Whether she is painting portraits, landscapes, or still life, Vianna is known for her expressive use of color that captures a moment in time. She is a nationally recognized artist and teacher who has won awards in many juried competitions. Vianna is a signature member of the Pastel Society of America and was inducted into the IAPS Master Circle in 2011.




Capturing the Delicate Light and Color of Flowers (202)

Donna was Educational Director of the Art Center of Kansas City for 5 years and has taught for 20 years. She arranges Plein Air trips to Europe and has instructed in France, Spain, Italy and Portugal. These workshops have proven to be an exciting part of her career and a stimulating influence on her body of work. She has been a featured artist in the Pastel Journal, and her work has graced the image of national and international greeting cards.