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.

Put Some WOW in Your Artwork
2022 Winter One-Day Winter 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’s WOW workshops will be held virtually via Zoom to ensure everyone’s safety.

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.

WOW workshops will be held online, via Zoom

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 by 1/15/2022 to secure a spot at the member rate. To pay your dues now, click here .

2022 Winter One-Day Workshops (WOW) Schedule


“New Beginnings: An Artist’s Plan for the Studio!” with Betsy Payne Cook,PPSCC, CPS

January 22, 2022,10 am – 4 pm, online via Zoom

Any level- Ideal for beginners and more advanced artists

Join me in a full-day workshop where you will explore three key areas that will assist in setting up individual routines to promote more consistency and exploration during your studio time.

There are a multitude of ways you can engage your creative mind on a regular basis without the pressure of always completing a painting. This workshop will include demonstrations and exercises giving you options for ways to enhance your personal expression of art, and to develop a repertoire of skills and techniques. Overall focus is on setting up routines, collecting ideas and creating a few small paintings to develop skills in design elements, value and color interactions, and exploration of pastel with other mediums.

During the morning you will compile a library of painting ideas so you will have a stockpile to refer to for inspiration for future painting ideas. There will be fun and challenging exercises using photographs and live observation. In the afternoon you will begin a small series of paintings using the morning exercises as your individual guide. Demonstrations will be provided.

*You will receive a copy of the “My Art Plan” worksheet for use in this workshop. This is an ongoing project of mine, specifically designed to share with my students. Please respect my request that you agree not reproduce this worksheet and/or adapt it to share with others.

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Betsy Payne Cook

“Abstract Pastel Floral Workshop” with Debora Stewart, PSA, MP IAPS MC

February 19, 2022, 10 am – 4:30 pm, online via Zoom


Learn to create abstract florals in pastel. Debora will demonstrate her process of creating abstract floral works. She combines abstract underpainting and contour drawings of flowers to create unique and expressive florals in pastel. Participants will watch Debora’s demonstration and have time to create a floral of their own.

Workshop will include PowerPoint discussion, video presentation, and live demonstration. Participants will create an abstract floral with their choice of actual live floral bouquet or photographs.

Agenda includes:


PowerPoint and video on the process

Demonstration of contour drawing

Contour drawing of flowers

Prepping paper with underpainting

Apply contour drawing to paper

Apply clear gesso


Demonstration of pastel application

Apply pastels to floral underpainting on paper

Finish work and group processing to end workshop

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Debora Stewart


“Color Expression—The Grandeur of Strong and Meaningful Color“ with Casey Klahn

March 19, 2022, 10 am – 4 pm, online via Zoom

Color and line are the foundations of pastel artwork. Explore the grandeur of strong and meaningful color in a one-day Zoom workshop with the master of color and international art instructor, Casey Klahn. Participants will learn to use expressive colors in exciting combinations to evoke emotion and reach new levels of extraordinary.

Casey will present two documents that will help to define your understanding of color and drive these fundamentals home with two exercises where you will paint using the abstract foundation of color.

Instruction will be provided on the fundamentals of color in a way that is applicable to your practice as a pastelist and gives you fresh eyes for color. Artists will paint a small- or medium-size still life or landscape (your choice), and then apply two abstract exercises that will open up the possibilities of how color effects the outcome of your work.

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Casey Klahn