Each year, PPSCC offers two master-level workshops. One coincides with our summer “For Pastels Only” exhibit. The other is in the fall. These two or three-day workshops are wonderful opportunities to elevate our creative selves to a new level, led by nationally recognized pastel painters/instructors. Check back soon for information on the 2024 Workshops!

Put Some WOW in Your Artwork

2024 Winter One-Day Workshops

Now more than ever, we all need something to look forward to, and the Winter One-Day Workshops (WOW) are just the thing to get us through those dreary winter days by teaching us new painting techniques and renewing our creative spirit.

The Pastel Painters Society of Cape Cod (PPSCC) is dedicated to providing our members and the wider community with opportunities to learn and explore the pastel medium throughout the year. With that in mind, we are delighted to present our WOW online workshops, led by highly-skilled pastel artist-members and instructors.

This year, three of the four WOW workshops will be held virtually via Zoom and one will be held on-site at the Cape Cod Art Center.”

Supply lists for each session are provided in the descriptions and additional information, including the Zoom link, will be sent prior to the workshops.

Registration is on a first come/first serve basis and is processed entirely online. WOW workshops are limited to 12 participants to provide plenty of one-on-one mentoring. These are highly anticipated workshops and you are encouraged to sign up early.

Cancellation Policy

WOW Workshop information

Saturdays, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
(Link to Zoom will be provided prior to session)

Cost for each workshop:
$80 for members
$135 for non-members

Your payment is non-refundable unless the workshop sells out and your spot is taken by another person from the waiting list. Membership dues must be paid in advance to secure a spot at the member rate. To pay your dues now, click here .

2024 Winter One-Day Workshops (WOW) Schedule


“Abstractions in the Landscape!”
with Laurinda Phakos O’Connor

Saturday, January 27, 2024 , 10 am – 4 pm, online via Zoom

This is going to be a fun and supportive workshop! We will deconstruct, interpret, and let go of our photo references through gesture, value, structural abstraction, mark making, and more. We will start with a demonstration and a series of small studies before letting loose in the afternoon! There will be many boundaries to push, comfort zones to break out of, and plenty of individual instruction. We will end the day with a critique.

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Laurinda Phakos O’Connor


“Working with Atmosphere”
with Lyn Asselta

Saturday February 17, 2024, 10 am – 4:00 pm, online via Zoom

Part of “setting the mood” in a landscape painting has to do with finding a way to put yourself in your viewers’ shoes so you can offer them a specific sensory experience as they look at your painting. Creating a mood in a painting depends on understanding some basics about weather (atmosphere), light, distance, and proper handling of edges, which can be especially tricky if you’re working from a photo reference. Much of your ability to successfully render atmospheric conditions in your paintings comes from your own experiences with weather, and we are often much more capable of setting the mood in a painting than we think. In this one-day workshop, we’ll combine photo reference and memory to set the mood as we attempt to give our viewers a sensory experience with the landscapes we create.   


“What Lies Beneath” with Eileen Casey

March 23, 2024, 10 am – 4 pm
On Site Workshop at the Cape Cod Art Center, Barnstable MA

A hands-on exploration of underpainting techniques. Underpainting serves many purposes and can be used to achieve a variety of different effects, from giving your work more depth and dimension, to creating varied levels of contrast. It can enhance light, darkness, and shadow, as well as create stronger values. Best of all, it is FUN!

You can use different methods of underpainting to create strong paintings, moods, and emotional connections, to your finished work. We will make more than a few diverse samples that may be used for pastel paintings in the afternoon.

Eileen will provide most supplies, but a complete supply list will be provided to all participants upon signup. Please contact Eileen with any questions.

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Eileen Casey


“The Ephemeral Subject: Mist and Haze”
with Lisa Regopoulos

April 20, 2024, 10 am – 4 pm, online via Zoom

Thankfully for artists, nature is not just blue sky. In this workshop, learn to create the subtle effects of mist and haze in your pastel landscape. You’ll acquire the knowledge of how to create mist, fog, and/or other atmospheric conditions. 

Emphasis will be on use of tonal values, atmospheric perspective, planes in the 

landscape and handling of edges. The workshop will begin with a one hour demo and will include a brief powerpoint presentation. Students are encouraged to use their own photos. 

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Lisa Regopoulos