Lana Ballot - Painting Luminous Landscapes With Pastels

August 10th & 11th

Description: In this workshop we’ll focus on how to avoid chalky or muddy paintings and make confident color choices. The demos will illustrate the advantages of color layering and underpainting techniques to create beautifully nuanced color, depth and texture. We will explore different color characteristics to improve the overall design and make a stronger visual statement.

Update: The Lana Ballot Workshop is full. If you would like to be added to the wait list please email:


Janet Schwartz - The Value of Value

July 27th

Description: One obstacle that many of us experience when starting a new work is getting caught up in the details of our compositions. Janet Schwartz designed this unique approach to encourage artists to use value to simplify and create strong compositions, in those early stages.

In this workshop, Janet will present this approach to starting a painting with value-shapes rather than details and to focus on composition. After a brief demo to reinforce the concepts, students will create value sketches and use value and composition principles to create their painting(s). The workshop will conclude with a critique of student work.

This workshop is being held in Lancaster, MA.  There are still several spots available.  The cost is $125 for CMPS members and $165 for non-members.  If interested please email Lisa @ with Janet Schwartz on the subject line.