Amanda Houston is proud to offer comprehensive workshops in pastel and oil painting. Click on a date and location for more information.
In Amanda’s workshops, you will learn to paint the light, experimenting on different surfaces with different techniques. These workshops have just the right mix of theory, technique and experimentation. Packed full of good design principles, composition basics to make ANY painting successful, along with loosening up exercises.
You can also purchase Amanda’s signature pastel kit by clicking here.
“It was the best, most fun and
informative workshop I’ve ever attended,
and I’ve attended a lot of them!”
Weekly Classes in 2019
Back by popular demand! Amanda’s workshops focus on capturing the landscape with an emphasis on the bones of great composition and design. A perfect mix of theory, technique and experimentation. Expect daily demos and lots of individual instruction.
At Amanda’s Studio in Cornelius, Oregon. $220 for the session or $50 drop-in.
Dates in red are sold out. Individual dates in session not in red are still available. Click on individual dates to reserve your spot. Click here to be added to the wait list so you will be notified if spots become available or if new sessions are added.
Bird Portraits on Copper
In this fun 2 day workshop, learn how to capture the personalities of birds on a variety of surfaces, including Amanda’s highly sought after copper plates. Plan to come away with a small flock of your own.
At Cole Gallery in Edmonds, Washington. $250 + $20 supply fee.
Composition & Light in Pastel: Painting in Napa Valley
Hosted at the gorgeous Stewart Cellars in the heart of Napa Valley, your art retreat starts off in style. This workshop will concentrate on the bones of good composition and design, with plenty of good food and wine to go around. We’ll do a mixture of studio and plein air work in the vineyards. This location will not disappoint. Get ready for your art retreat in wine country!
At Stewart Cellars in Yountville, California. $425 for wine club members*
*Because this is intended as a members-only event, the fee for non-members is $525. But good news: Wine club membership is free! The only expectation from Stewart Cellars is that you purchase 6 bottles of wine a year in March and October. Trust me, you’ll love their wines and you’ll love walking away with a keepsake from the workshop to show off along with your paintings. You read more about the Stewart Cellars Wine Club here.
Become a Better Landscape Painter in Pastel: The Power of Value and Color
Expand your creative abilities through the use of pastel and Amanda’s guidance. Learn how value patterns and color temperatures can make your paintings really stand out. Packed with fast paced design and loosening up exercises, this class will take your paintings to the next level. Learn how to really see and analyze your wok with a more confident eye. All of Amanda’s classes are grounded in design and composition and have a balanced mix of theory, technique and experimentation. Amanda likes her students to try as many different surfaces and techniques to expand their creative repertoire. With a strong focus on landscape, Amanda will demonstrate painting skies, trees and sky holes as well as how to create mood, emotion and atmosphere in your work. Daily demos, experimentation and plenty of individual instruction.
At Cole Gallery in Edmonds, Washington. $395 + $20 supply fee (optional)
Landscapes Under the Surface
This jam-packed day workshop is located at the Dakota art workshop facility. No other place can you experiment more with the latest of pastel surfaces and products. The class will cover the bones of creating great landscapes while encouraging you to explore different techniques on different pastel surfaces to create unique effects. Learn how to really see and analyze your work with a more confident eye. All of Amanda’s classes are grounded in design and composition and have a balanced mix of theory, technique and experimentation. Amanda likes her students to try many different surfaces and techniques to expand their creative repertoire. With a strong focus on landscape, Amanda will demonstrate painting skies, trees and sky holes as well as how to create mood, emotion and atmosphere in your work. Daily demos, experimentation and plenty of individual instruction. A combination of studio and plein air.
At Dakota Art Pastels in Mt. Vernon, Washington. $395 + $20 supply fee (optional)
Plein Air in the San Juans
Back by special request! A plein air enthusiast’s dream. As a part time resident, I have access to lots of great places to paint on this magical island. Part workshop, Part art retreat. 3 glorious days in the San Juans. Register using link to the right or call 503-310-8099.
“Amanda is an extraordinary engaging teacher! She goes the extra mile. She’s very organized, stating the objectives clearly, she is able to explain compositions, techniques and demonstrations that are useful. In a class of 14 people, she was able to move around the room and assist everyone, at their different level of experience with their particular needs in a kind and low pressure environment. I am thrilled to study with her again.”— Sheila M.