2018 – 2019 Workshop Schedule

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.

“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 Merritt

 

 


2019 Workshops


 

Birds in Pastel on Copper

Feb 23 – 24, 2019

Cole Gallery | Edmonds, WA

My birds on copper are being collected around the world, and I’m offering (for the first time!) a workshop on how to create these special  bird portraits, focusing on their gesture and personality. In this fun 2 day workshop, I’ll demo the importance of facial proportions and allow you to try these small portraits on a variety of surfaces, including my unique and highly sought after copper plates. Plan to come away with several small birds of your own!

REGISTER  WITH COLE GALLERY

 

 

 

Composition and Light: Painting in Pastel in Napa Valley

March 7 – 9, 2019

Stewart Cellars | Yountville, CA

More details coming soon.

 

 

 

Become a Better Landscape Painter in Pastel with Amanda Houston

 

April 5 – 7, 2019 | $395 + $20 supply fee (optional)

Cole Gallery | Edmonds, WA

 

Expand your creative abilities using pastel, with this amazing instructor’s guidance. From this national and internationally award-winning artist, you’ll learn how value, patterns and color temperatures can make your paintings really stand out.

Learn how to really see and how to analyze your work with a more confident eye. With a strong focus on the landscape, Amanda will demonstrate painting skies, trees and sky holes as well as how to create mood, emotion and atmosphere in your work. With daily demos, experimentation and plenty of individual instruction, this beloved instructor will generously share her techniques for achieving masterful results.

This workshop will be at ArtWorks – just 3 blocks away from Cole Gallery, with an airy, large space and their own parking lot. Notice also the extended time (until 6pm on Friday, 5pm on Saturday and Sunday); come rested and prepared to absorb as much info as you can!

All of Amanda’s classes are grounded in design and composition and have a balanced mix of theory, technique and experimentation.  She likes her students to try as many different surfaces and techniques to expand their creative repertoire. To that end, Amanda will demo how to use different techniques on different surfaces to achieve great results. You will have the option to learn to create your own surface by painting a sanded gesso to a board or metal – supplies for this option will be provided by the instructor for the $20 supply fee – please bring cash or check payable to Amanda if you are interested in this option.

Packed with fast-paced design and loosening up exercises, this 3-day workshop will take your paintings to the next level!

Some experience in pastels is necessary.

 

 


Past Workshops


 

Pastel Techniques:
Light, Reflections and Composition

 

Nov. 3-5, 2018 | $395
Cole Gallery | Edmonds, WA | (425) 697-2787

 

Create colorful water reflections and brilliant clouds in pastel with this award-winning artist and instructor! This 2- or 3-day workshop will be a great mix of theory, technique and experimentation. Amanda will share her knowledge of pastels and how to use different techniques on different surfaces to achieve great results. Packed full of good design principles to make ANY painting successful. Some experience in pastels is necessary. Limited to 15.

 

REGISTER WITH COLE GALLERY

 

Composition Basics and Pastel Techniques

Amanda’s studio in Cornelius, OR
Weekly | 3 Hour Classes
$40/class

Back by popular demand. Do you want to work on creating your own practice but need the exact push to get it going? Come to her weekly 3 hour classes on Wed. from 12-3pm for demos, lecture or open studio time to get critiques and advice on a body of work. Located in Amanda’s studio, this laid back atmosphere is an environment to practice, try new thing and refine some of the basics for creating great compositions. She will take her 2 day composition class and stretch it into 6 working sessions to absorb the concepts and principles in digestible chunks. All levels welcome. Limited to 7 people/class.

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Composition Basics in Pastel

February 10-11, 2018 | $295

Amanda’s Studio | Cornelius, OR

An introduction to pastels and composition for people who want to learn more about how to use the medium. The class covers good design principles, tips on how to make great compositions and will focus on a variety of techniques on different surfaces. You will come away with lots of little paintings and a renewed confidence with the medium. All levels welcome. Limited to 8.

REGISTER HERE

 

 

 

Painting Light and Reflections
in Pastel

March 10-12, 2018
2 day $295
3 day $395

Cole Gallery | Edmonds, WA | (425) 697-2787
Classes in new light filled space, ArtWorks

Create colorful water reflections and brilliant clouds in pastel with this award-winning artist and instructor! This 2- or 3-day workshop will be a great mix of theory, technique and experimentation. Amanda will share her knowledge of pastels and how to use different techniques on different surfaces to achieve great results. Packed full of good design principles to make ANY painting successful. Some experience in pastels is necessary. Limited to 15.

REGISTER WITH COLE GALLERY

 

 

 

Composition Basics in Pastel

April 24-25, 2018 | Olympia, WA | $295
This 2-day workshop will have just the right mix of theory, technique, and experimentation for learning. Amanda will share all her knowledge of great compositions using pastels. (although you don’t need to do pastels to take this class. Packed full of good design fundamentals, compositional basics, and tips of things to avoid or keep in your work, this class will focus on creating and orchestrating great compositions in landscapes, regardless of your medium. All levels welcome. Limited to 15.

REGISTER WITH JOANNE SANFORD

 

 

 

PAINTING THE LIGHT in PASTELS

Fri, June 1, 2018, 10AM – Sun June 3, 2018, 5pm
Oregon City, OR | $425

This is more a retreat that a class. Set in the rolling countryside amidst gardens and vistas, at Studio on the Knoll (www.carriemoorestudios.com), this light-filled barn/studio is a perfect place to let your creativity juice flow and feel like you’ve gotten away all at the same time. We are planning a catered meet & greet the evening before and a catered dinner during the workshop for a premium experience. Create colorful water reflections and brilliant clouds in pastel with this award-winning artist and instructor! This 3 day workshop will be a great mix of theory, technique and experimentation. Amanda will share her knowledge of pastels and how to use different techniques on different surfaces to achieve great results. You will have the option to create your own surface by painting a sanded gesso to a board or metal. Expect daily demos, loosening-up exercises, and plenty of individual instruction at your easel for you to learn these techniques with your own subject matter and materials. Packed full of good design principles to make ANY painting successful. Some experience in pastel is necessary.

REGISTER HERE

 

 

Paint the Jewel of the San Juans:
Plein Air

July 10-12, 2018 | Lopez Island, WA | $295

As a property owner and part time resident of the San Juans, Amanda will show you some of her favorite places to paint on this magical island, including right off her oceanfront deck! This is a plein air enthusiast dream. The workshop will cover lecture and critique time, one on one instruction and lots of time to paint outside in one of the most beautiful areas in the Northwest. Some experience necessary. For more details contact Amanda Houston. Limited to 10.

REGISTER HERE