Online and In-Person Hybrid Class: Creative Color with Pastels: Advanced Beginner – Intermediate with Betsy Payne Cook – Wednesdays (Late Summer)




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Wednesdays, August 17 – September 7 
3:00 pm – 5:30 pm

this is a 4-week hybrid  in-person and online class. Online sessions will be on the Zoom platform. The Art Center will email you the link before the online classes meet.

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

Classes will be held via Zoom on days the weather interferes with safe travel.

This pastel painting class will be part of an ongoing series with a focus on exploration of both color and multimedia with pastel painting techniques. We will look at how color can change the impact or mood of the painting, assess color preferences and your pastel palette/box and explore ways to expand choices based on color harmonies.  Pastels work wonderfully with other mediums, and in this class you will have the option to incorporate techniques and materials into your pastel paintings. Whether you are looking to create a subtle or bold statement you can stretch your pastels and explore what happens when you combine pastels with a variety of materials from paints to stencils on various painting surfaces.  You can work representationally or abstract your work, anything goes!

Instruction includes preliminary planning with composition, notans, value and color studies.

We will use reference photographs and still life objects.

For students in previous sessions, you can continue with your theme for painting in a series for large and small paintings.

This class will also experiment with underpainting techniques, using sanded papers ( mounted or unmounted) or prepared boards such as Ampersand Pastelbord or self prepared boards with pumice ground on gatorboard or birch panel.

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.



Sketchbook, pencil, pen, vine charcoal, a ruler, tape

Black markers, chisel & fine tip.

Tracing paper

Selection of hard and soft pastels –- contact Betsy if you have questions

Sanded pastel paper such as UArt, Pastelmat, Pastel Premier, Lux or Art Spectrum.

You can also paint on prepared hard surfaces such as Ampersand or self-made boards using pumice on gatorboard, and birch panels

Exercises we will use Canson MiTeines and/or  Bristol board.

Backing board to tape your pastel paper to for support.

Easel or slanted surface – working in an upright angle reduces the collection of pastel dust on the painting surface

Painting mediums- acrylic inks, gouache, watercolor.

Stencils, and objects to use for stamping

Tissue papers, thin wrapping paper or origami paper

Matte gel medium

Rubbing alcohol for use with pastels

Variety of brushes, minimum required is 1” flat and fan brush, this may vary depending on painting size


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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