Online Workshop Available 24x7 

Learn How To:

 ● Use the properties of light to create mood

 ● Create luminous shadows from dark photo reference

 ● Apply strategies for matching color in shadow

 ● Paint with tips for using the Form Principle

 ● Practice creating dramatic lighting effects

     and more...

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We worked hard to bring you this advanced and in-depth study of this dynamic, elusive subject! It sports over 3.5 hours of video instruction, 4 studies, 5 assignments and peer sharing & reviews as you finish your assignments. This workshop is probably the most advanced that I’ve developed thus far and will provide you with technical information to help you create compelling and emotive art depicting any subject that inspires you.

The principles presented apply to everything in visible light. When we’re attracted to a subject, it’s usually not the actual “thing” itself, but the way the light falls on it that is inspiring to us. When light works its magic, creating mysterious shadows, sparkling iridescent highlights and nuanced reflected lights, even the most mundane scene can be transformed into one of infinite beauty. Personally, I’d much rather paint the way the light dances between some blades of grass than a grandiose mountain range. That’s why I’m always saying that it doesn’t matter what we are painting, whether it’s a lush landscape or a roll of paper towels, it can make a successful, beautiful painting. Mastering the principles presented will literally open up a new world for you where your skills and ideas can meet! I hope you’ll join us.

Join me for a 5-week in-depth exploration in this video workshop to learn how to influence the mood of your paintings by using the properties of light. Create luminous shadows from your photo reference and open the door to a nuanced understanding of the properties of light such as direction, strength and color. You'll also follow along with me as I paint a landscape in pastel featuring a canopy of trees, a plein project, a figure in an interior and more. You'll see my techniques for layering pastels, blending colors, and working dark to light in pastel. Learn valuable pastel techniques in this workshop!

Complete with four powerful studies and five start-to-finish demonstration assignments, this online workshop is for any artist who wants to take their pastel painting to the next level. Transform your pastel painting with my unique approach that will lead you to better, bolder results, as well as greater confidence and joy in the process.

"[Marla is] very attentive, to subject at hand with lots of great examples. I find Marla’s teaching approach relaxing direct and pragmatic. I like the fact, that resources are also provided in terms of books. Also, I like having a syllabus with materials and learning objectives, that were provided with my online course."

Denise Grossman
"[The workshop I completed] has given me so many techniques to explore and have fun with this new passion. Marla’s videos provides us with the needed instructions and guidance. Love that she always encourages us to have fun and explore what we can do."

“Making marks, shadows, how to use the pastels to blend.  Oh my gosh I could go on.  Marla is thorough in explaining.  In a live or online class and the critique , she understands that each person is at a different place and makes you feel comfortable where you are so she can really help you move forward on your journey.”

"I learned to be loose and expressive with my mark making. Marla's structured classes with handouts, video instruction and examples, various exercises as building blocks for the following projects, place to submit works in a student gallery and classmate critiquing all contribute to a wonderful and enjoyable way of learning."


What's Included?

Study Video 1
The Form Principle

When light strikes a solid object it, creates and orderly and predictable series of tones. Learning to identify them and place them in the proper relationship is the key to achieving a convincing depiction of form in a painting or drawing.

Study Video 2
The Properties of Light

In order to create the illusion of three dimensions on a two-dimensional surface we need to see it simply. We need to have understanding the properties of light which include color, direction and strength.

Study Video 3
Color in Shadow

An important part of depicting light and shadow in a convincing way is to be able to paint the local color of an object that is partly in shadow and partly in light. In this video I’ll explain how to easily get these relationships right.

Study Video 4
Value Patterns

The first step in creating strong compositions with light and shadow is to start seeing your subject as a simplified pattern of lights and darks. 

How Does It Work?

Light & Shadow Online Workshop

Materials You Will Need

Assignment Video 1
A Sunlit Path

I take you step by step and show you how to paint the path effectively. We need to get the value and colors in the correct relationship. Most photos will get the shadows too dark. If we try to paint them the same as in a photo they won't be luminous and will tend to look muddy.

Assignment Video 2
Backyard Plein Air

Plein air painting can be daunting so I highly recommend trying it out in a location that is comfortable and convenient. Your backyard or patio is the perfect place to start! I’ll take you step by step through the process of creating a successful plein air piece.

Assignment Video 3
Figurative Study

A watercolor under-painting is the structure that underlies this piece and allows for a more playful application of the pastel. I’ll take you through the simple steps I use to create this soft and moody portrayal of a figure.

Assignment Video 4 
Masterwork - Inness

In this lesson, we’ll learn from the master of light and shadow, George Inness. This is an opportunity to study from one of the most influential American landscape painters.

Assignment Video 5
Capstone Cityscape

In this lesson, I’ll show you how to identify the overarching value pattern so that you can tackle anything you want to paint confidently!

PDF - Instructional Guide

Follow along with beautifully made step-by-step instructional PDF guide written and produced by Marla. I She explicitly organized all of these videos in a systematic and orderly way so you can achieve the maximum benefit in your paintings. Feel free to download and print this study guide.

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. Recently she launched a new website to the public with the purpose of helping thousands of struggling artists to succeed.

“Whether you are completely new to pastel painting or looking to build on the foundation of knowledge you already have, my workshops are an exciting journey into the world of pastels. I’ll help you to gain confidence with the medium and learn to create dynamic pastel paintings of any subject. You’ll learn my techniques for using loose, confident mark-making to convey energy, atmosphere and emotion as you paint in pastel!


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Will It Work On My Computer/Laptop/Tablet/iPad/Phone?

To participate in the workshop, 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.

Will You Help Me If I Can't Get It Working?

You need to log into the site to participate in the workshop so you will need an internet connection. Lessons and assignments are accessible on iPads, tablets, computers, laptops and even phones - any device you can watch a video on.

If you have any problems with playing a video or hearing a video, try these steps:  1) Check your internet connection and reset your internet connection if necessary, 2) Clear your browser cache and history, 2) Update your browser, or try another browser (like Chrome, Firefox or Internet Explorer).

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

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. You get access to all the assignments in the workshop at once in a secure member’s area on 

When you register for the workshop, you'll get a Student Account which gives you access to the My Lessons area on the website. Your Student Account will allow you take lessons and complete assignments any time you want.

You get lifetime access to the workshop and lessons you pay for so you can finish your painting any time.  It's fun to keep up with your fellow artists and see how they are doing too but you can stop and come back to it any time, 24x7.  Assignment reminders are sent via email but you can complete them at your own pace - no problem at all!

Do I Need To Meet Marla Online At A Certain Time?  What Happens If I Don't Finish In Time?

Any Questions?

Technique Study

I’ve presented a series of short videos that focus on the technical aspects of painting light and shadow. Then we’ll jump into a series of demonstrations and accompanying assignments that give you a chance to employ the principles and practice using them. 

Watch the study videos. I recommend
skimming through them once and then prepare your supplies to do a “follow along” version of the piece presented. Copying the work of artists whose work you admire is a time-honored tradition amongst art students and teachers. Don’t feel awkward about it! You have my permission!

In-Depth Assignments

I recommend that you do each assignment first using the provided reference then do your own version using your own source materials. Please feel free to ask any questions you may have along the way. After you’ve completed each assignment you can upload your images and get feedback from our vibrant community of committed learners. 

Most importantly, remember to enjoy the process. Keep in mind that these assignments are intended to help you expand and explore. So, have fun!

Marla's Light & Shadow Workshop Teaches:

 ● Step-by-step demonstrations of how to paint light in pastel!

 ● Learn to use the properties of light to create mood

 ● Learn to establish accurate patterns of light and shadow for stronger compositions

 ● How to create luminous shadows from dark photo reference

 ● Strategies for matching color in shadow

 ● Tips for using the Form Principle

 ● How to manage changing light

 ● Practice creating dramatic lighting effects

 ● Create the illusion of light on a pathway

 ● Practice painting indoor + outdoor light

 and more...

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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 4 weeks, so we'll send you email reminders to get your assignments done. Use these lessons to create winning compositions, capture elusive patterns of light and shadow and transform the ordinary into the extraordinary.

Step 3. Upload your work after you've completed each assignment. Throughout the workshop, be sure to review other students' work and read the comments and reviews of your own work. Enjoy your progress and new-found confidence in painting with pastels!

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The sanded paper you use can be brand of your choice such as Pastelmat, Pastel Premiere, Uart or Colourfix.  Please use a sanded surface for every assignment. You can divide larger sheets to get equivalent amounts/sizes for the assignments. If you are a fast painter, and want to repeat assignments or try different version, consider purchasing a couple brands to try!

2 pieces approximately 9x12 any color

1 piece approximately 9x12 white

1 piece approximately 14x14

1 piece approximately 16x20 green


Use your own pastels. I use Terry Ludwig, Nu-Pastels, Mount Vision, Unison and Giraults but I also like many other brands such as Blue Earth and Schmincke. Please do not use or buy Alphacolor or Prang pastels. Do not use Oil Pastels for this workshop because they are an entirely different product and medium. 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 any pastel set 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 color family and value. This will save you lots of time during the workshop and improve your painting!


• Plein Air easel set-up

• Small set of watercolors

• An old bristle brush

• 2B monolith Pencil

• Viewfinder

• Paper towels

• Tape

• Sketchbook