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

 

 


Last Workshop of 2018!


 

 

 

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Pastel Techniques:
Light, Reflections and Composition

Nov. 2-4, 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.

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2019 Workshops


 

Birds in Pastel on Copper

Feb 23 – 24, 2019

Cole Gallery | Edmonds, WA

Learn all my tricks for doing pastel on copper! This unique medium allows the natural warmth of the copper to shine through the pastels and creates glowing compositions. We’ll focus on how to render birds in this fascinating workshop.

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Composition and Light: Painting in Pastel in Napa Valley

March 7 – 9, 2019

Stewart Cellars | Yountville, CA

More details coming soon.

 

 

 

 

 

The Power of Value: Taking Your Painting to the Next Level

April 5 – 7, 2019

ArtWorks | Edmonds, WA

More details coming soon.

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Painting in Pastel

Nov 1 – 3, 2019

ArtWorks | Edmonds, WA

More details coming soon.

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Past Workshops


 

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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