Tony Allain Workshops – May 2023

If you are planning to book a room while you are at the workshop, please do so early as there will be a car show in the area that weekend.

The workshop will be filled on a first come basis.  After it is filled, there will be a waiting list established.


MAY 19, 20 and 21, 2023 (Three Day Workshop)

May 22 and 23, 2023 (Two Day Workshop)

9:00 am – 4:00 pm



COST:  $400 MEMBERS.  $475 NON-MEMBERS. – Three Day Workshop

COST:  $270 MEMBERS.  $320 NON-MEMBERS – Two Day Workshop

Have you been a VPS Member for more than a year and in need of scholarship assistance to attend?  Click here for an application. 

Please let me know if you are a member or non-member when you sign up.


Linda Masten:   [email protected]

If you are signed up you will need to send a 50% deposit within 10 days to hold your seat.  You can mail your check made payable to the Vermont Pastel Society to Linda Masten, 497 Fox Hill Road, Bennington, VT 05201.

  • Cancellation Policy: To reserve a space a 50% deposit.  Full payment is due 60 days prior to the workshop. No refunds will be given within 60 days of the workshop unless we are able to fill your space. Once a workshop is wait-listed full payment is required no matter of the date. Cancellation requests must be in writing. 


  • In the Case of Low Enrollment or Workshop Needs to be Cancelled Due to Unforeseen Situations: VPS will refund 100% of fee.  Workshops will run based on adequate enrollment.


  • Please note we will determine whether a workshop will run approximately 30 days prior to start date unless the contract with the artist states otherwise. Please make your travel plans accordingly.


  • Exceptions will be made by discretion of the VPS Workshop Chair and/or VPS Board for a death in the family of an immediate relative or a personal emergency medical situation.




Breaking Free: “Mood and Atmosphere “

The quest for perfection can bring with it fear of making mistakes and can result in a style which can seem inhibited. In this workshop we will concentrate on freedom and spontaneity to add elements of semi abstraction but still keep association with reality. If you ever wanted to bring a looser and more painterly feel to your work loaded with juicy colour and flooded with light? join me and I will share some of my working methods concentrating on painting the landscape that delight you and excite the viewer. Using our reference material and sketches we can bring some fresh colour and a more painterly feel to your work our aim is to break free from the restraints of perfection and give ourselves permission to capture the essence of the subject in an intuitive way with the freedom of ‘brushwork’ that has its roots in the style of alla prima giving a lively and vigorous mark that is instrumental in expressing mood and atmosphere.



 Breaking Free: “The language of Light”

If you want to bring a looser and more exciting feel to your work loaded with juicy colour which is flooded with light. Join me and I will share some of my working methods concentrating on painting landscapes seascapes figures and still life subjects that delight you and excite the viewer. Using our sketches and thumbnails along with our reference material we can bring some fresh colour with a more painterly feel to our work. We will learn how to simplify our approach to achieve exciting impressionistic paintings that have a strong design with bold colour and expressive marks that use direct strokes on a textured surface to emphasise ‘brushwork’. We will look at painting contre jour (against the light) exploring the quality of light, the colour of light and the direction of light. My workshop invites those willing to go through a door marked leaving your comfort zone and enter a world of exciting expressive pastel application. Each day will begin with a demonstration with lots of challenges and of course individual help at the easel.

All levels welcome



A prolific painter, instructor and author, Tony has gained many awards in juried competitions and exhibitions. Tony is a sought after workshop instructor and his work has been represented throughout the country and beyond. His paintings are in private and corporate collections around the world including England, USA, Australia, New Zealand, China and Europe.

Tony is a member of the Pastel Society, UKL, a Signature Member of The Pastel Society of America, An Eminent Pastelist Member of the International Association of Pastel Societies. A full member of the Royal Society of Marine Artists and a Master of the Pastel Artists of New Zealand. He has been painting for over 45 years. An impressionist painter of light and movement, with a complete understanding of his surroundings. Tony has made his home in the UK and travels extensively through the United States and Europe with his workshop program.

Corporate collections include Cunard Shipping, Guernsey Maritime Museum, Government House, Alderney, and Sir Elton John.

Basic Materials List (Optional)

As many pastels as you feel comfortable with. Color range is more important than quantity. Assortment of paper: Art Spectrum, Canson Mi Tientes, Wallis, Pastel Premier, NO WHITES! I will be using Art Black, Pastel Premier and Sennelier LaCarte Card.
Your favorite easel

Solid backing board ( I add foam board to my backing board to act as a cushion) Your sketchbook/journal
A few pastel; pencils
A selection of black ink markers ( wedge shaped nibs of various sizes)

Optional: A few tubes of gouache paint. E.g. French Ultra Blue, Lemon Yellow, Cad Red Light, Naples Yellow, Cad Orange, Titanium White. A couple of watercolor brushes. One being a fine point type.

Optional: Toned sketchbook for mixed media ( Strathmore toned grey or tan)

Photo references you feel at ease with. Choose a photo with a good composition, value range and a balance of perspective.

Hand wipes
Masking tape or clips
A drop cloth
A sense of fun and an open mind!

Places to Stay in Bennington:

Knotty Pine Motel, Best Western, and Hampton Inn, Harwood Hill Motel