How do I get the workshop?

You get access to all the assignments in the workshop at once.  You'll receive reminders of the assigments via email and you'll access the workshop in your secure member’s area on PastelPaintingLessons.com. You need to log into the site to access the workshop. Lessons are accessible on iPads, tablets, computers, laptops and even phones with an internet connection.

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Making Your Mark Online Workshop With Award Winning Artist, Marla Baggetta

Online Workshop Available 24x7

Whenever YOU are Ready to Paint

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How Does It Work?

Step 1. Review the materials list & read through the assignments so you get a general idea of what you'll be accomplishing. Gather your materials, read the instructions for the first assignment.  Watch the introduction video and first assignment video.

Step 2. Complete the assignments at your own pace.  The workshop is designed to be completed within a month so we'll send you email reminders to get your assignments done. Cultivating a broad mark-making vocabulary puts all the power of pastels quite literally at your fingertips. The better your mark-making vocabulary, the more clear and eloquent your expression can become.  The focus of this workshop is to help you find and develop your own style.

Step 3. Upload your work after you've completed each assignment.  At the end of the workshop, Marla select several pieces to review & critique in a live session.  Join her, live, at the end of the workshop or watch the recording.  Enjoy your progress and new found confidence in making your mark!

“I have been following Marla’s teaching and painting for a few years now and have to say that i find her such a huge inspiration”
Linda Wright, Nova Scotia, Canada
“After trying a few other online learning approaches to pastel painting, I was about to give up on pastels, thinking that I was not going to be able to learn how to use them. Marla’s “”PastelPaintingLessons”” changed all that. ”
Bill Hansen, NY, USA
“I want you to know I watch your lessons, just to give my mind a break and get juiced up for creativity. I find it very soothing, and remarkable to watch your process. It is very well done and inspiring.”
Janelle Baglien, Portland, OR
“You have inspired me to throw myself into pastel with a passion! I cannot wait to stand at my easel every day now, throwing caution to the wind and experimenting and learning from your easy and entertaining instruction. ”
Julie, Brisbane, Australia

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What if I don’t complete an assignment– will I lose access to it at the end of the workshop?

You get lifetime access to the workshop.  Assignment reminders are sent via email but you can complete them at your own pace.

What is included each lesson?

Each lesson contains a main paint-along demonstration from Marla, a materials list, a PDF with written instructions, and shorter supplemental videos to help with specific concepts in the main lesson.

How much does the workshop cost?

It's $247 for a month long workshop with assignments, video demonstrations, handouts and a live review & critique session at the end.

Will you help me if I get stuck?

Sure, you can open a support ticket and we’ll help you right away. You can also call us at  (503) 217-2780. If we don’t know the answer, we’ll ask Marla and she’ll reply as quickly as she can.

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How do I access my student account?

When purchasing a course, you'll set up a Student Account, which includes your:
  • Password.
  • Email Address.
  • Credit Card Information.

To make changes:

  • Sign into the site where you'll be directed to your "My Lessons".
  • Open the "My Lessons" menu and select "My Account".
  • Make any updates necessary and select "Update".

What do I do if I have problems with video or audio?

For video and audio playback issues, try these steps:
  • Check your internet connection, reset your internet connection if necessary.
  • Clear your cache.
  • Update your browser, or try another browser.

How do I post images once I've completed an assignment?

Share your work with other students by posting on the Workshop page. If you are having trouble:

What are the technical requirements to take lessons?

To participate in the courses, you need:
  • Internet access.
  • An email account.
  • Up-to-date internet browser
  • PDF reader and word-processing software.
  • Software to resize images for posting to the Community area (optional).

Browser Information

  • PC users - Internet Explorer 7 or 8 and Firefox 3.5 or 3.6 are recommended.
  • Mac users -Safari and Firefox are recommended.
  • We do not recommend using AOL’s built-in browser or any other Internet service provider’s proprietary browser, as certain functions may be restricted.

What are the course features?

Our Online Courses are interactive experiences, including these features:

How do I access my workshop?

You will have immediate access to the workshop upon purchase. Log into the site through the Log In option in the top right corner of your browser, redirecting you to your "My Lessons" area.

Under "My Lessons", you'll see:

  • Your purchased courses (under "Lessons I Bought".
  • Select the workshop title.

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Making Your Mark

I’m pleased to bring you this in-depth workshop, "Making Your Mark"! I created this workshop to help you further develop an individual voice or style as a painter which I think is something every student I've worked with wants to achieve.

Pianists often spend years and years developing a “touch”. This is different from the grammar or structure of a piece of music. It’s what makes us hear the difference between musicians playing the same piece. Miles Davis said “it takes a long time to play like yourself. “

If you've worked with me a bit, know that I’m a firm believer in mileage over talent. We need to put in our time and grade and we need to do it intentionally. Here’s where this lesson comes in.

I’m still fascinated by pastels and their ability to convene not just color, shape or things like depth, but emotion and mood. We can make a virtually an infinite variety of marks with these simple tools by altering the pressure, velocity and direction of our hand. But we want to have some control over this. To gain that control, we need to explore as many possibilities as we can.

We also need to distinguish between what might be our preferences (which are great and help us to hone our style) and our biases which could be holding us back or keeping us in a rut.

We are going to start by examining the four principle modes of mark making then we are going to put in quite a bit of mileage in combining them. Finally, we are going to revisit the idea of copying work that we admire.

-Marla

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Do I need to meet at a certain time for the online workshop?

The workshop assignments are online accessible 24×7 – you can take the lessons any time you want.You are not required to complete the course in a specified amount of time.

How is the workshop organized?

The assignments go in order from beginning to advanced – the more complex assignments are at the end 

How long is each assignment?

Each step by step demo are usually about an hour long. 

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  • Save your image file as a JPEG. Only JPEGS can be posted into the gallery.
  • Check the image size. If it's too large, it may have trouble posting. Keep your images smaller than 1000 px. on the longest side.
  • Video instruction from Marla Baggetta, a world-class instructor.
  • Interactive feedback about your work from other students and Marla (is your work is selected)
  • Printable resources for print and download.
  • Suggested assignments to develop your skills.

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Meet Marla

Meet The Inspiring Pastelist Who Created PastelPaintingLessons.com

Marla is an incredibly talented fine artist who works with galleries throughout the US. Every year she travels the globe teaching workshops, speaking at art events to inspire other painters. Last year she launched a new website to the public with the purpose of helping thousands of struggling artists to succeed.

“My Working process is a simple one; I start on location, sketching, photographing and painting. Some of these field studies make their way to the studio.

In the studio I use all of that visual information and combine it with the sense or feeling I had for a location and create what is inevitably an abstraction of sorts in that it is not merely a copy of a photo but an interpretation of place. I hope that you enjoy the work!” 

-Marla Baggetta

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