Please join us for either one or both of these fabulous workshops!

Alain Picard is preparing a new online workshop for the Vermont Pastel Society to replace the in person workshop canceled due to Covid-19.

From all reports, Alain is an excellent, professional instructor, whose online workshops are popular in their own right. It is easier to see what and how he is painting, stroke by stroke from the ease of your computer or device than at a physical workshop. Save money on travel and lodging and avail yourself of this wonderful opportunity.  Class size is limited to 18.

Registration Deadline for both workshops is July 17, 2020

The Painterly Landscape: August 17, 18, 19
Cost: $400 for VPS members; $450 for nonmembers

The Painterly Portrait: August 20, 21
Cost: $275 for VPS members; $325 for nonmembers

Both workshops:
Cost: $625 for VPS members; $675 for nonmembers

We need 9 people to make each workshop a go. The portrait workshop has 5, the landscape has 3, as of June 25.


The Painterly Landscape -three day workshop 

Date: August 17-19, 2020

Loosen up your landscapes using the painterly approach. Learn to simplify complex scenes into clear shapes, values, and edges. Organize shapes into strong design and color combinations using bold, expressive marks to interpret your environment for that lush painterly look. Learn innovative approaches to color through the use of underpainting techniques and interpretive color strategies that will break you out of your routine.

Each morning, Alain will demonstrate a painterly approach to the landscape from start to finish, focusing on a unique subject and approach every day. Students will work from their own reference materials, beginning with morning exercises to loosen up their work and learn techniques to simplify the subject. Students will progress to loosely finish landscape paintings by the end of the day. A constructive and encouraging group critique will wrap up our three days together.

What will students learn?

*How to paint with more confidence
*How to design dynamic compositions
*How do you simplify complex scenes into a pattern of clear shapes
*How to transfer some nail sketches to your surface in the correct proportion
*How to loosen up your strokes and make bold marks of color
*How to simplify and see value and interpret color choices
*Underpainting techniques that will activate your scene
*And lots more!

Supply list:

Workshop schedule:
Studio workshop from 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM
Lunch from 12:30 to 1:30 daily

The Painterly Portrait – two day workshop

Date: August 20-21, 2020

Learn to develop life-like portrait paintings, whether working from the live model or photographic references. We’ll cover all the techniques necessary to create stunning portraits in pastel, practicing from the live model as well as our own references. We will light, pose, and photograph the model together, developing our own reference materials, then learn to design the portrait to create life-like skin tones and apply the painterly approach to portraiture. We’ll also cover techniques for refining the portrait. Alain understands that portraits can be intimidating and has developed an approach that creates a relaxed and encouraging learning environment for all involved.

Alain will demonstrate each morning based on the day’s theme (9 to 11 AM). Students will then work from the live model on day one and from their own reference materials on day two to develop lifelike portraits, with generous personalized instruction at their easels. The workshop will conclude with an encouraging group to critique on the last day.

What will students learn?

*How to work from a live model with more confidence
*How do use reference photographs to create lifelike portraits
* How to block in the portrait with simple shapes
*How to work in a painterly style by making bold marks
*Underpainting techniques for portraiture
*How to see value, color, and color intensity to identify skin tones
*Create dynamic compositions
*How to transfer your sketch to the surface in the correct scale and proportion
*How to refine and blend without overworking
*How to create exciting backgrounds in your portraits
*And lots more!

Supply list:

Workshop schedule:
Studio Workshop from 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM
Lunch from 12 to 1:00 PM daily

About the artist:

Alain J Picard is an award-winning artist, instructor, author and speaker. His acclaimed pastel and oil paintings have been exhibited throughout the US, Europe, China and the UK. Alain travels internationally as an art instructor, demonstrator, speaker and artistic advocate for the vulnerable. Alain’s work and writing have been featured on numerous occasions and in such publications as The Artist’s Magazine, The Pastel Journal,and Practiques des Arts. In an effort to share his passion for art, Alain has written three instructional books, “Mastering Pastel, and “Beginning Drawing,” and stars in a growing collection of instructional art videos. Alan has lectured and demonstrated for the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The National Arts Club in New York City, Vose Galleries in Boston, MA, the IAPS Convention in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and the Biennial international Pastel Art Exhibition at Ming Gallery in Suzhou, China. Alan has garnered top awards in esteemed exhibitions including the Pastel Society Of Americ, the American Artists Professional League, Hudson Valley Art Association , The Portrait Society of America, and the International Association of Pastel Societies (IAPS). He is a sought after portrait artist and landscape painter and a judge and jury of international exhibitions.

To apply for either or both workshops, please print out and send this FORM along with a check to:

Linda Masten
497 Fox Hill Road
Bennington, VT 05201

Questions can be sent to Joyce Kahn,