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 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.

Frequently Asked Questions


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 6 weeks so we'll send you email reminders to get your assignments done. John F. Carlson said, “You will learn to paint trees only by understanding them, their growth, their nature, their movement - and realizing that they are conscious living things”. In attempting to paint trees I think an artist needs to take on dual roles, that of naturalist/artist – study and expression.

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.  

“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 $347 for a 6-week 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.







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.











Trees in Pastel

I’m pleased to bring you this in-depth workshop, "Trees in Pastel"! For this workshop, think of yourself as naturalist/artist. Think John Muir and Ansel Adams! Let yourself be enchanted by the diversity and magnificence of trees!

I live in the Northwest where we’re surrounded by an almost infinite variety of types of trees. Out my kitchen window is a layered backdrop of distant pines and cedars. Not far from my house is a bustling downtown with city blocks lined with heritage trees and just a bit farther afield one can walk amongst old growth forests filled with majestic pines and redwoods.

As I worked on this class I gained a greater appreciation for the region that I live in! Everywhere I go, I’m surrounded, supported and in awe of the beauty and power of trees! Without trees our landscape is not just uninviting, we wouldn’t have oxygen, shelter or shade naming just of few of the things trees provide for us. Trees are imbued with personality and gesture. They are enigmatic, elusive, yet rooted as individual living beings.

Artists have a special appreciation of their dignity, scale and role in the environment and in landscape painting. They are the most personal objects in the landscape and most related to us as we live amongst them and they us, different from the vast sky or distant mountains. They are right here!





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. 







  • 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.



Meet The Inspiring Pastelist Who Created

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

Here's What's Included...

Assignment #1 

• Sketchbook
• Viewfinder
• Drawing tool – I recommend ball point pens if you don’t already have a favorite sketching tool
• Reference material1*** or scenes from life


Sketching in Nature by Cathy Johnson
Available used from Amazon from $5. 41

Carlson’s Guide to Landscape Painting by John F. Carlson
Available used from Amazon from $4.60

Assignment #2 

• Your pastels*
• You’ll be creating 6 small pieces (5x7) so you will need 6 pieces of sanded paper**. They can be scraps
and can be any sanded paper that you like.
• Reference material2***

Assignment #6 

• Your pastels*
• One 16 x 20 piece of sanded paper** of your choice
• A Reproduction of a tree themed piece by Edgar Payne***
• Reference material6***

Assignment #4 

• Your pastels*
• You’ll be creating 4 small pieces (5x7) so you will need 4 pieces of sanded paper**. They can be scraps
and can be any sanded paper that you like.
• Reference material4***

Assignment #3

• Construction Paper –white, black, dark grey, and light grey
(Dick Blick sells individual sheets or Michaels
• White printer paper (about 4 sheets)
• Scissors
•Tracing Paper
•Black Sharpie
• Spray mount or rubber cement
• Reference material3***

Assignment #5 

• Your pastels*
• You’ll be creating 4 small pieces (5x7) so you will need 4 pieces of sanded paper**. They can be scraps
and can be any sanded paper that you like.
• Reference material5***

Assignment #7 

• Your pastels*
• One sheet of your favorite sanded paper**, at least 16 x 20
• Reference material7***


I use Terry Ludwig, Nu-Pastels, Mount Vision, Unison, Giraults but I also like many of the other brands such as Blue Earth and Schmincke.

Please do not use or buy Alphacolor or Prang pastels. No Oil Pastels.

I recommend the Sennelier Paris half stick set of 120 for those who would like to purchase a good starter set.

A great addition to that set or for anyone that doesn’t have any Terry Ludwig pastels, would be Terry Ludwig’s set of Intense Darks II.

Please prepare your pastels for working by taking off the wrappers, (before the workshop). Arrange them by



The sanded paper you use can be the brand of your choice such as Pastelmat, Pastel Premiere, Uart, Colourfix. Please use a sanded surface for assignments #2, #4-#7.

Reference Material*** 

For this workshop your choice of reference material is very important. We’ll be creating small studies for the first 5 assignments and larger finished pieces for the last two. Most important; your photos should something you really want to paint! You’ll need photos of a variety of species of trees (at least 6) and a photo of a tree or trees taken at each of the four seasons. In addition three pieces of reference with tree groupings. We’ll be copying a piece by Edgar Payne. You can use one that I’ve provided or find another online. For the final assignment which will be a finished painting rather than a study, you’ll need a single piece of reference that is of particular interest to you to paint; it can be a single tree or grouping. Although I think it’s best to use your own photos, I know that it might be hard to have lots choices for this workshop at the ready, so I’m providing resources for you, both as PDF’s and in a Google
Drive folder that you will have access to throughout the workshop! If you have any questions, just contact support and we will get back to you!

Materials You Will Need

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