Online and In-Person Hybrid Class: Pastel Painter’s Class–Traditional and contemporary painting techniques with Betsy Payne Cook – Wednesdays (Late Fall)




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Wednesdays, October 27 – November 24 

3pm – 5:30pm

This is a  5-week hybrid (online and in-person) class.

Hybrid Pastel Painting Class –Virtual and Live weeks:

Weeks 2, 3, and 4 will be in person (and on zoom).

Weeks 1 and 5 with be on zoom.

Please register early as class registration closes 48 hours before the start of first class.  Registration must be accompanied by full payment.

This class is suitable for pastel painters who are advanced beginners, those looking for a refresher, and for more experienced pastel artists wanting to develop their painting style.

What will be covered in the class?

  • Develop a painting process that includes options for preliminary work to include composition, developing drawing and design skills, completing value, notan  & color studies
  • Experiment and use various pastels and surfaces, option to incorporate mixed media and try out new pastel techniques
  • Engage your personal feelings, with tips on how to personalize your painting 


Planning for a virtual class required that I balance the active teaching  and individual paint time. I decided to increase my active piece and provide you an opportunity to begin the exercises in class then continue to explore the exercises on your own during the week.  I will also be to provide feedback on individual paintings artists will bring to class. 

I welcome suggestions so never hesitate to get in touch with me.

Betsy Payne Cook, PPSCC, CPS                                508-737-7480     

Scholarship Information:

The Falmouth Art Center is very proud to have a scholarship fund supported by donations from members and friends.  It is available for both children and adults who have a great desire to create art.  Applications should be submitted to Laura Reckford, Executive Director of the Falmouth Art Center. If you have questions about our scholarship program, email us at  or call the art center at 508-540-3304.

Scholarship Information and Forms


Refunds will not be given within one week of the start of a class. Classes are not pro-rated, and there are no makeups for missed classes. A $25 processing fee is withheld from all refunds.

The Art Center reserves the right to cancel any class or workshop due to insufficient enrollment, in which case tuition will be fully refunded.

If Falmouth Public Schools are closed due to weather conditions, we will be closed and the missed classes will be rescheduled.


Basic materials required:

-Drawing materials to include sketchbook, pencils, markers, ruler, erasers

-Hard and soft pastels in a range of values ( light to dark) If you are new to pastels please get in touch with me

-Pastel paper for preliminary studies – Canson MiTienes

-Sanded surfaces for painting such as Colourfix Art Spectrum, UART, Pastel mat, Pastel Premier – these surfaces are able 

  to hold multiple layers of pastel, will be suitable for liquid underpainting and for mixed media application

-Rigid board to attach your pastel painting to such as foam board, drawing board

-Easel or some way to place your painting on an upright angle

-Paper towels, exam gloves to keep your hands clean or a barrier cream

Other materials will be required depending upon the experimentation we will do in class

Instructor Bio

Betsy Payne Cook paints exclusively with pastels, and is honored to be elected as a Juried Associate Member of the Pastel Society of America and to have achieved signature membership status in the Pastel Painters Society of Cape Cod. Betsy is also acknowledged as a Juried Master Artist at the Cape Cod Art Association. Betsy’s paintings depict her impressions of the landscape and its abundance of colors. She paints both en plein air and in her studio; and conveys her love of the outdoors in each painting. Betsy publishes a newsletter and a blog both titled Painting In and Out, sharing her thoughts on her life as an artist.

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