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. Information for 2021 will be posted as soon as it is available.


“Pastel Innovation Workshop”
With Dawn Emerson PSA

Two two-day workshops offered on
July, 20-21, 2021 or
July, 22-23, 2021

This fast paced workshop will introduce you to various ways opaque pastel sticks can be layered together with transparent PanPastels and water mixable oil to achieve new kinds of imagery. You’ll discover how the line between drawing, painting, and printmaking becomes happily blurred when applying these approaches! Techniques from Dawn’s book, Pastel Innovations, will be presented in the class, as well as new methods developed since. Whatever your pastel experience, painting subjects, or style, you’ll be inspired with intriguing new ways of expressing your image making and story telling.

Fall Workshop

Registration will open soon.

Materials List/Schedule


Now more than ever, we all need something to look forward to, and the “Winter Blahs” workshops are just the thing to get us through those dreary winter days by teaching us new painting techniques and renewing our creative spirit.

Registration is Now Open for 2021 1-Day Workshops

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 four 1-Day online workshops, led by highly-skilled pastel artist-members and instructors.

This year’s workshops will be held virtually via Zoom to ensure everyone’s safety. The Zoom link, will be sent prior to the workshops.

Registration is on a first come/first serve basis and is processed entirely online. 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.

For more information, please contact Workshop Coordinator.

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 1/15/2021 to secure a spot at the member rate.  To pay your dues now, click here.

JANUARY 23, 2021, 10 am – 4 pm, online via Zoom

“The Portrait Sketch” with Corey Pitkin, PSA, IAPS/MC

This workshop is full.

It is likely that the first thing you ever drew was a portrait. When you first put crayon to paper, you were compelled to recreate the people in your life. Yet as we grow and our visual standards become more discerning, many of us give up creating portraits, feeling that they are too complicated.

In this online workshop, Corey will guide students through his technique of quickly capturing a portrait in pastel by starting with perceived abstract shapes and building on this with a rational approach that includes addressing form, value, color, anatomy, and emotion. Special attention will be given to edgework and color harmonies. The workshop will begin with a demonstration. After the lunch break, students will work from the model with individual assistance provided in Zoom breakout rooms.

A recording of the demonstration will be provided for students to reference.

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FEBRUARY 20, 2021, 10 am – 4:30 pm, online via Zoom

“The Wow Factor: Dynamic Design” with Karen Israel, PSA/MP, IAPS/MC, PSWC/SM, CPS/SM

This workshop is full.

A solid design is the framework for all successful art. In this exciting one-day online workshop, students will discover the variety of elements required for creating a dynamic composition. Employing handouts, a slide presentation, and skill-building exercises, students will develop a deeper understanding of design and gain the confidence to create from their own unique viewpoints. Exercises are designed to facilitate the student’s abstract thinking and they will apply these principles to future artworks in class and beyond.

Utilizing their own photographs in this workshop, each artist will initiate three designs and one new pastel study employing the elements of design. The workshop will conclude with a group discussion and critique.

3 days prior to workshop, Karen will send a handout that includes key points and ask students to email her several of their photo references so that she can advise them ahead of the workshop.

Note: This workshop ends at 4:30 pm.

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MARCH 27, 2021, 10 am – 4 pm, online via Zoom

“A One-Day Still Life Pastel Workshop:
Painting Glass, Metals, Refections, and Shadows” with Jeri Greenberg, IAPS/MC, PSA/SM, PPSCC/SM

This workshop is full.

Come Zoom along with Jeri as we paint objects—both hard-edged (glass, metal, etc.) and soft-edged (fruit, flowers, and fabric)—to make exciting still lifes.

You will experiment with working on black or dark paper (Jeri’s personal favorite) and try different underpaintings, all with the goal to get paintings to pop and the viewer to say “wow!”

Jeri will have a still life set up as well as furnish photos of what students will be working on. She will also work along with students and her easel will always be visable. Jeri’s workshops are very loose and modified as needed. She is very excited to Zoom with you.

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APRIL17, 2021, 10 am – 4 pm, online via Zoom

“Is Your Sky Blue?”
with Jory Mason, IAPS/MP, PSA/AM, PPSCC/SM

Is your grass always green? If so, it’s time to explore painting landscapes with creative color combinations—with an emphasis on developing exciting art, not copying photos.

Through a series of fun exercises, students will look at maintaining values while developing interesting color palettes. You will work from black and white images, both provided and of your own choosing. Extra emphasis will be on starting with a strong composition.

There will be individual breakout sessions and a positive group critique at the end of the day.

About Jory Mason
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