Online Workshop: Beginner Pastel Workshop: Painting with Pure Pigment — Betsy Payne Cook


This one-day workshop will provide plenty of opportunity to explore the versatility of painting with pastels!


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Monday, June 15, 2 to 6pm

This is an online workshop using the Zoom platform.


This 4 hour Zoom workshop  with Betsy Payne Cook will provide plenty of opportunity to explore the versatility of painting with pastels.  Ideal for beginners or artists looking for a refresher. Through demonstrations and exercises/studies participants will become familiar with pastel techniques using hard and soft pastels, and experiment with layering and color/value choices.

Workshop participants will create small studies before devoting time to working on a painting. Photo references will be proved but feel free to bring photos you would like to paint plenty of individual feedback throughout the workshop, and an ideal way to immerse yourself in pastel painting.


Zoom format will provide opportunity for you to view my easel up close while I demonstrate techniques and fundamental steps to paint with pastels. I am happy to take questions while I work and will guide you on how to use Zoom if you have not done this before. You will complete several small paintings as studies and then we will take a short break before we spend time working on a painting.



Refund Policy

Refunds will not be given within one week of the start of a class and one month before the start of a workshop. 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.



Materials List:
Sketch pad, pencils & charcoal.

Photo references
Foamcore board or similar heavy weight board for mounting pastel papers

1 inch flat inexpensive soft bristle brush

One rounded hard bristle brush
Apron or old shirt


Soft pastels- as I am unable to share what I have with you please just bring whatever you have. If you are interested in purchasing pastels please get in touch and I will give you some suggestions.

You will be able to take this class with only hard pastels

Hard Pastels – NuPastel or Rembrandt pastels

No oil pastels- totally different type of medium.


Canson MiTienes pastel paper is good for our exercises and studies. – suggest mid-tone neutral color. My favorite is Moonstone, a warm grey. We can tone paper so if you have white or buff that will be ok

UArt sanded paper – comes in different grades of tooth/texture similar to sandpaper. 200 is rough, 800 is fine. They sell sampler packs with a variety of or you can buy a pad of 400 or 4500 for a medium tooth surface.

Feel free to bring any other pastel sanded surfaces: Pastel mat, Pastel Premier, Colourfix are some of the brands.

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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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