Pastel Workshop: Mastering Composition in the Landscape

Picture of pastel landscapes for workshop

Instructor: Katie Cassidy

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Strong, engaging composition does not appear miraculously at the end of a painting; good composition is built from the beginning. With Katie’s guidance, this workshop will help you unravel the mystery of composition. Katie will take you through the steps of building a successful pastel painting: strong composition, value structure, engaging color, edges, and detail. Working from photos, the student will learn to simplify the subject through a series of notan thumbnails before starting their pastel painting. There will be lots of personal attention as well as group critiques. Katie will contact each student prior to the workshop with advice on photography as a subject matter. The students will work from their own photos – no professional photography is permitted.

Cost: $180 Members, $225 Non-members

Day of the Week/Time: Tuesday and Wednesday, 10am – 4pm each day

Dates: September 10 & 11

Location: Classroom

(Deadline to register is August 15)

Material list will available upon registration.


Cassidy graduated from the University of Maryland at College Park with a BFA in Art and worked for many years at the Academy Art Museum both as an instructor and head of the adult art curriculum. In 2022, Katie made a bold change in her life by moving to Colorado where, with three partners, she opened Blue Pony Artists and Gallery in Colorado Springs. She continues to teach adult art classes which she considers one of her greatest joys. She has won numerous awards, including several national awards in pastel. Katie looks forward seeing old and new friends when she returns in September to teach a pastel workshop at Dorchester Center for the Arts.

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