How Does It Work?

Step 1Review 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 2Complete 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 3Upload your work after you've completed each assignment. 

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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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Testimonials

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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!

-Marla


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

What's Included?

“Thank you very much for the great workshop [Trees in Pastel]!I am very happy with the progress I’ve made in the last months with both of your workshops.”

Germany
Clea
“I must tell you, after your Making Your Mark workshop...I feel I am improving and I won the grand prize / first place in the professional division of the festival.  I was blown away.”
Linda

Michigan
“I have had people telling me that they can see a huge improvement in my art in the past year and I have you to thank for that. When I signed up for the pastel lessons I told you that I needed someone to help me to the next level. Thanks for helping me.”

California
Doug
"I finished your course and thoroughly enjoyed it. I’ve been doing oil and the pastels are a new and wonderful experience. Your practical advice was great, and I also got a lot out of your review of the basics - value, color, composition.

New York
Steph

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 - The latest version of Internet Explorer and Firefox 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 PastelPaintingLessons.com 

When you register for the workshop, you'll get a Student Account which gives you access to the My Lessons area on the PastelPaintingLessons.com 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?

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Assignment #1 

Assignment #2 

Find a comfortable spot that appeals to you. Relax and take in the moment. Find the tree or grouping of trees you want to draw.


Gather together your reference photos or better yet go on location! You can also use some the references I’ve provided for some or all of your studies. That’s up to you.

Assignment #3 

When we are painting we are paradox dancing. We
need to see things with innocent eyes, as though
we don’t know what a single thing is; not a tree or a leaf or a blade of grass. Try to see only shape, value and color and interpret these in the simplest possible
terms.

Assignment #4 

I always get excited about painting in the fall. There is such an explosion of color! It seems as though everywhere you look there are layers of glowing foliage and you see trees in your neighborhood that you don’t notice any other time of year! So, I’m going to start in fall and work my way through the seasons.

Assignment #5 

I love to paint outdoors in the summer here in Oregon. There is one problem; so much GREEN! It can get downright boring. So let’s get a deeper view into greens and see if we can make some sense of them and make them a bit more exciting.

Assignment #6 

I selected Edgar Payne for our assignment because he was an amazing painter! But particularly the way
he massed foliage clusters together.

Assignment #7

We’ve spent a number of weeks studying and painting a revered subject that is near and dear for most of us. For our final assignment, find that special location that you’ve been wanting to paint. Take some
time with your choice.

PDF - Instructional Guide

Follow along with beautifully made step-by-step instructional PDF guide written and produced by Marla.

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

Books 

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 https://www.dickblick.com/products/blick-construction-paper/) 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***

Pastels* 

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 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!

 

Paper* 

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!

Assignment #8 

This exercise has two parts. For the first part you’ll be creating a tree from your imagination and the second part, you’ll be drawing a tree from direct observation, using either photo reference or a real tree model!

Assignment #8 

• Sketchbook
• Fine Point Pen
• HB, 2B, 4B Pencils
• A Variety of Markers

• Black Sharpie
• Eraser
• Other Favorite Sketching Tools
• Reference material1*** or scenes from life

What Materials Will You Need?

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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

Meet Marla

Register Now for Just $227