Update on E-classes: I am still working on the online classes. Send me an email if you wish to be notified when they are ready.
"I teach to share the wonders of my discoveries and to exchange with my students the wonder of theirs"
Michele Cooper

Online Pastel Classes FAQ




I am excited to announce my entry into the ‘virtual learning’ world with my new
 PASTEL E-CLASSES.  These online classes will allow you to attend my classes and workshops in the comfort and convenience of your own home.
The Benefit of Online Instruction
Everything is online!  Classes are conducted on a private blog available only to registered students. I will post lessons, demos, assignments, resource materials and respond to questions and comments through the blog. 
Handouts will be available as easy PDF downloads or by email. 
Individual feedback on your assignments is included through the use of email and digital photos of your work. 

*Work at your own pace at your convenience  * No travel expense  * Individual attention

What does an E-Class Include?
In my real life studio classes I have a focus or theme to each class. I like to combine a lecture or ‘art talk’ with plenty of visuals to illustrate the key concepts. I usually do at least one demo painting.  Students then do some warm-up painting exercises before working on the main assignment. I provide one on one guidance at the easel while the students paint. I always have hand-outs to go along with the topic. We usually conclude class with a question & answer/feedback session.
The E-classes will follow the same format as my studio classes but will be adapted to follow online.  You will have access to:
  • Transcripts of the lecture (I am working on adding podcast capability)
  • Photos of visuals I present.
  • Handouts available by email or PDF downloads so you can easily print them and keep in a notebook.
  • Demonstration painting will be in the form of step by step photos and slideshows with my explanation of each step.
  • Warm up painting exercises and main assignment explained in detail.
  • Q &A  and feedback on your assignments through emailed photos.
  • Comments and conversation with other students through the comment feature on the class blog.
  • Bonus links to resources that support the class topic




How does the E-Class work?
Decide which class or workshop you are interested in. The class options are shown in tabs at the top of this site. Choose the class you want and you will be directed to a page with more information about the class and a Paypal button.
Pay for the class through the Paypal button and you are enrolled. I will then email you the instructions for accessing the class blog.
What classes are available as an E-class?
I am planning to offer three types of classes that will offer something for everyone no matter what your level of painting/pastel experience. These options will be available over the next couple of months beginning with Pastel Master Class.
Pastel Master Class         Fee: $25 per class
  This is a monthly class suitable for those with some experience with pastels. We 
  won’t be covering the basics in this class but rather have a theme or focus to each session which will challenge, inspire and motivate you. It is the perfect jumpstart to the month. Each class is a self-contained unit so you can choose the topics that interest you. Topics for Winter/Spring 2010 will include:

  • Painting from memory...improving your observational skills..still life in pastel
  • High-Key painting in pastel
  • Low-Key painting in pastel
  • Winning Compositions
  • In the Style of the Pennsylvania Impressionists
Each e-class includes lecture notes, demo photos and explanations, handouts, exercises and main assignment with individual feedback.
*The first Master Class will be available March 1, 2010. Click on the Master Class tab at the top of the page for more information and to enroll*
Six Week Sessions ...Back to Basics with Pastel and The Landscape in Pastel
For those who prefer the routine of a weekly class, these 6 week sessions are a good option. These classes are suitable for students with any level of painting/pastel experience. Each class lesson will be posted on Sunday and you will have a week to study and work on the assignments. Each week you can email a photo of your assignment for in depth feedback.
The fee for the six week session is $145

Back to Basics will cover the basic principles of painting such as value, color, composition & design as well as introduce pastel techniques.
***This 6 week session will be starting mid March*****

The Landscape in Pastel will cover the basics of landscape painting such as composition, aerial perspective, ways to paint trees and other landscape elements as well as covering various pastel techniques. 
*******This 6 week session is scheduled to begin in mid April***********


*Click on the tab at the top of the page for more information or to enroll*
 Mini-Workshops Online
One of my favorite teaching formats is the mini-workshop. I design each mini-workshop as a self contained unit focusing on a painting topic. In my studio, each mini-workshop meets for 4 hours. We have lectures, demos, exercises, and painting time with individual help at the easel. It is a good way to learn the tips and techniques that I like to use to paint various subjects. 
The fee for each mini workshop is $45
I am planning to launch the following mini-workshops starting this Spring:
Wildflowers
Painting clouds and skies
Painting the seasons
Marshes
Beaches and seashells


*Click on the tab at the top of the page for more information or to enroll*