Workshops (New)

2020 Workshops

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!”

— Vicky J.

Amanda Houston instructing a student at pastel workshop

Winter Weekly Classes in 2020

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. $250 for the session or $50 drop-in.

Wednesdays 12-3.

Session One 2020

Feb 5 – Birds
Feb 12
Feb 26
Mar 4 – Birds
March 11
March 18

 

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. 

Pastel landscape painting from Amanda's workshop

The Language of Trees and Light in Pastel with Amanda Houston

At Cole Art Studio in Edmonds, WA

$395 +  $20 supply fee

One of the most important aspects of creating luminous landscapes is how to paint gorgeous, light filled trees and foliage.  Combined with stunning skies and atmospheric effects, these components take an average scene to a stunning painting. 

This class will review how to paint dramatic skies, land and water with a deeper focus how to capture the beauty and diversity of trees. Discover the magical intersection where land meets the sky, and learn how to create glowing key holes of light sparkling through trees. 

With daily demos, experimentation and plenty of individual instruction, Amanda will generously share her techniques for achieving mood, emotion and atmosphere in your work. 

 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.

Register here or call 425-697-2787

Register with Cole Art Studio

January 10-12, 2020

Landscape painting from workshop

Feb 7-8: Bird Portraits in Pastel on Copper

Dakota Pastels, Mt Vernon, WA

$250 + $20 supplies (optional)

Everyone loves birds! Learn to capture portraits and the personalities of birds. Amanda has been painting birds for Portland Audubon for almost 8 years. She will teach y little bird portraits concentrating on composition, facial expressions and color. Learn quick gestural exercises and how to capture the personality of your birds. Learn to Plan to leave with a small flock of bird paintings.

Register here or call 888-345-0067

Mar 7-8: Bird Portraits in Pastel on Copper 

Cole Art Studio at ArtWorks, Edmonds, WA

$275 + $20 optional supply fee

Everyone loves birds! Learn to capture portraits and the personalities of birds. Amanda has been painting birds for Portland Audubon for almost 8 years. She will teach little bird portraits concentrating on composition, facial expressions and color. Learn quick gestural exercises and how to capture the personality of your birds. Learn to Plan to leave with a small flock of bird paintings.

Register here or call 425-697-2787

June 5-7: Illuminating Skies and Light

Cole Art Studio at ArtWorks, Edmonds, WA

Learn the secrets of painting the most important subject to master in landscape paintings. Light and illuminating sky scenes. Amanda will walk through the anatomy of how to pa everything in our view. The glow of light, the reflections of light and how light is the real subject we are paining.

Register here or call 425-697-2787

July 17-19: JAM Session co-teaching with Diana Sanford

Carrie Moore Studios, Oregon City, OR

$395

Debuting our co-instructing workshop! Ever wonder why we “play” music but do art “work”? Come and practice improvising in this playful, interactive workshop. Loosen Up. Learn the art of letting go. The ability to be spontaneous, receptive and in the moment is vital in our creative process. In this workshop, through carefully structured exercises, you’ll train your brain to readily engage the spontaneous mode, strengthening it to become an equal partner in your art making. This is a fun, interactive and intense workshop open to all with basic comfort with the materials. Full of movement, fun and lots of creativity.

Register here

Oct 1-3: Under the Surfaces

Dakota Pastels, Mt Vernon, WA

$395 + $20 supply fee

 

Back by popular demand!

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 w 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 w 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 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 a demos, experimentation and plenty of individual instruction. A combination of studio and plein air.

Register here or call 888-345-0067 

Nov 6-8: TBD

Cole Art Studio at ArtWorks, Edmonds, WA

$395 + $20 supply fee (optional)

We are gathering information from repeat and new interested students on what they are wanting most.

Please put your request in before June 10, 2020 to colegallery@gmail.com.

Registration will be available at ColeArtStudio.com.

“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.

Pastel landscape painting from Amanda's workshop
Amanda demonstrating pastel painting
Closeup of hand using pastel to create bird portrait
Amanda pointing to pencil drawing during workshop
Amanda demonstraiting with student
Landscape painting from workshop
Exterior of Stewart Cellars in Napa Valley
Amanda with workshop student smiling showing completed pastel painting