Upcoming PSSC workshops in 2018

The PSSC has introduced an online registration policy that went into effect late last year. We begin announcing the upcoming workshop to our PSSC membership three months before the start of a workshop. PSSC members get priority in attending our workshops. After the first month of the opening announcement, the workshop is announced to the general public.

This policy does away with waiting lists and deposits and only accepts online paid registrations on a first come, first served basis. Because it is electronic, this process is completely objective and absolute. As soon as the registration reaches 16 registrants, the process automatically closes. We have long established this as the number of student attendees that get the most exposure to the visiting artist and is also a comfortable amount for most artists.

In our most recent workshop offering, due to it's popularity, two workshop sessions were quickly filled before there was ever a chance to offer it to the public. Don't miss your opportunity to enroll in these workshops, become a PSSC member today. Visit our Membership page to join! 

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Otto Stürcke Workshop - January 2018


2 - Day Workshop
January 2-3, 2018

3 - Day Workshop
January 4-6, 2018

at the RUMC in Redondo Beach, CA

Otto Stürcke is an award winning artist who imparts two decades of illustration and fine art experience to his workshops. Otto shares time-honored techniques in combination with contemporary techniques to achieve effects to your fulfillment.

Workshop Attendees will learn

  • Impressionistic or Realistic - Learn tips and techniques to get successful results in your choice of style

  • Techniques to achieve a variety of textures

  • How to set up and light your still life: Composition to Storytelling.

  • How to apply a variety of pastels including pastel pencils to the best advantage

  • Underpainting techniques with watercolor, gouache, oil, and acrylic

  • Different transfer tips and methods for your painting temperament

  • How to prep and prime your own panels

  • Ultimately, learn the joy of painting with what is arguably the most versatile and luminous medium known to artists.

Some materials will be provided for all workshop attendees and will be specified in the materials  once you enroll. For any questions, contact Otto Stürcke at ottosturcke@yahoo.com


Register and pay today at the PSSC Store to secure your spot!


Christine Ivers Workshop - September 2017

"Insomnia" by Christine Ivers

"Insomnia" by Christine Ivers

Christine Ivers Nightscape Workshop
Sept 27, 28
 and 29, 2017

Two Openings are available!

Riviera United Methodist Church
375 Palos Verdes Blvd.
Redondo Beach, CA 90277

Sept 27, 28 and 29, 2017


Don't miss the opportunity to attend this workshop, secure your spot by paying at our PSSC store today!
Christine Ivers Workshop - Pay Here

This studio workshop, featuring Christine Ivers will be held on Sept 27, 28 and 29, 2017, (Wednesday through Friday). Christine is planning to have students paint from their own photographs. Her Supply List will be sent to all signed participants or download it at the link below.

The workshops run from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. with a one hour lunch break.

Arturo Fribourg, PSSC Workshop Coordinator  

Download the workshop Materials List here.

Visit Christine Ivers' website at www.christineivers.com.


Melody Allen Demo July 8th Meeting

Melody Allen will be the presenter at our next member's meeting on July 8, 2017.

She will be demonstrating her glorious wave paintings.

Following the meeting there will be an opportunity for plein air painting at the beach! Bring your supplies and put into practice what Melody teaches in the demo. This is open to everyone, no sign up required.


"I plan to paint a Wave from start to "finish" (not quite, but I work fast). I will demonstrate my underpainting technique, the use of soft and hard pastel, as well as metallic and pearlescent Pastels. I am not "classically" trained, some of my methods are a bit unorthodox but they seem to work. I think my waves are most successful when I emphasize contrasting values and color, and use strokes and blending that mirror the motion of the water. "


Melody Allen

Melody Allen

PSSC Ranch Paint-Away at the Beautiful Blue Moon Ranch! May 4-7, 2017


Join us for an instructorless four days of painting en plein air and/or in studio in the Central Coast of California!

The Blue Moon Ranch and Blue Moon West are about 20 minutes Northeast of Santa Maria on CA highway 166, with plenty of painting subjects for pastel artists!

Enjoy a 50-acre horse ranch with white fences, oak trees, two barns, horses, a house and other outbuildings, including an empty chicken house, along with a very large indoor art studio and outdoor covered patio. Some of the horses on the property are an Arabian, a Quarter Horse, a Tennessee Walker and two paints, one of which looks a bit Mustang-like.  Horses of many colors!

Down the street five more minutes is Blue Moon cattle ranch, with lots of cows, hills, a river, historic redwood barn, old adobe structure and plenty of wilderness to photograph/paint on another 450 acres. Also enjoy nearby vineyards and coastal scenes galore.

There will be no workshop fee! You will just pay for your own hotel accommodations and can contribute to a group food budget if you wish (optional).

Information to book your room:

Santa Maria Historic Inn

Santa Maria also has many other hotels from which to choose. For more information, call Lynn Attig at 310-374-8309, or email lynnattig@gmail.com with "Ranch Paint-Away" in the subject line.

We could carpool!

Tony Allain Workshops - June 26-28 & June 29-30, 2017

 Colour & Light - Landscapes

3 day workshop - June 26-28


2 day workshop - June 29-30

At  the

Riviera United Methodist Church

in Redondo Beach, CA

Join Tony Allain in one of these exciting workshops! Two sessions have been scheduled to allow more people to participate.


The cost will be approximately $350 for 3 days & $240 for 2 days. A $100 deposit will be due by April 20, 2017. The total amount must be paid in full by May 20, 2017. Contact Arturo Fribourgh at Fribourgarch@aol.com

"I will share some of my working methods in these workshops concentrating on painting land, seascapes, figures and still life subjects that have a bit of punch! Using direct strokes on a textured surface to emphasize 'brushwork' we will learn how to simplify our approach to achieve exciting impressionistic paintings. My workshops are for those willing to go through the door marked 'leaving your comfort zone' and enter a world of exciting and expressive pastel application! We will experiment ways in how to introduce colour and light into our work. Each day will start with a demonstration with heaps of challenges and loads of individual help at the easel."

--from tonyallainfineart.com/workshops


Barbara Jaenicke “Poetic Landscapes” Workshops - April 2017

Wide Open View, pastel, 12"x 16"

Wide Open View, pastel, 12"x 16"

Two 3-day studio workshops featuring

Barbara Jaenicke will be held on

April 17, 18 & 19, 2017


April 20, 21 & 22, 2017,

(with a 2-day option for 20th & 21st and 1-day option on the 22nd))

at the

Riviera United Methodist Church, 375 Palos Verdes Blvd. Redondo Beach, CA.

Visit Barbara's website at barbarajaenicke.com or her blog at barbarajaenicke.blogspot.com to see her beautiful artwork!

The cost will be approximately $350 for the three days. A $100 deposit will be due by February 20, 2017 and the total amount must be paid in full by March 20, 2017. When the deposit is received, a materials list will be sent to each participant. Please email Arturo Fribourgh at fribourgarch@aol.com to sign up.

“Painting isn’t just a job or hobby for me. It’s a passion. Maybe even an obsession. I try to paint feelings, moods and experiences rather than “things.” To do this I need to push beyond the basic mechanics of creating the work. No painting is ever easy to me. Each one challenges me to create that magic that goes beyond just a painting of a thing. That magic doesn’t always happen in every single painting, but it’s those few instances when the painting 'hits' that make it worth going through all the painful 'misses.'"

---from barbarajaenicke.com/about

Jon Thornton Demo/Speaker at January 14, 2017 Meeting

Preparing your Art for Promotion, Sales and Exhibition

Jon Thornton, owner of Four Sticks framing, is an experienced Photographer and Framer that will be demonstrating "How to Photograph your Artwork" as well as converting the image to proper format for submission to exhibitions and online promoting. Jon will be working in the Irfanview program (a free photo editing program) and will walk us through the step-by-step process of creating high quality images that represent your fine artwork.

Bring Your Artwork to be Photographed!

After the General Meeting, Jon will also be offering his services to photograph members' artwork for a special offer of $5 per image. This will include converting the image to be submission ready. With our exhibition approaching, this will be a wonderful opportunity to get your artwork professionally photographed and ready to submit online for our show. So please remember to bring your finished paintings, unframed, any and all that you would like photographed and converted.

Fill out the PDF Form

To have your artwork photographed, please download the attached PDF form, fill out and bring it with you to the meeting with your check or cash to pay Jon Thornton directly.  

Contact Paula Somma

Please contact Paula Somma at  paulasomma@gmail.com if you plan on having your images photographed and she will add your name to the list of participants.

Download the Photograph Form PDF

Molly Lipsher Mini-workshop at November Meeting

A Moment of Radiance

A Moment of Radiance

Molly Lipsher will do a demo of her work at the November 17th member's meeting. After the meeting and our holiday catered lunch, she will offer a mini-workshop. Currently the workshop is full but a waiting list is available.


Please email Paula Somma at paulasomma@gmail.com to get on the waiting list.


From Molly ...

"I am inspired by vast open spaces, and the primorial landforms I find there. I travel extensively to paint in remote locations, most recently focused on New Mexico, the Sierra and the great deserts. I utilize light and form where I find them, formulating an emotional response for my paintings through the actual existing physicality; the terrain, geology, climate, topography, and vegetation. 

When in the midst of painting it, I must be in tune to capture its innate spirit, wit, and ultimately, the irony of its mystery, since the true origin will always remain unknown. I am less concerned with "finish" than I am with capturing this intuitive spirited, mood of a place. I like to express my emotional response through bold, gestural, colorful strokes, and I leave these strokes as is, trying not to refine them excessively in the finished piece."


Visit www.mollylipsher.com to see more of her work!

Lavone Sterling Mini-workshop at September meeting

Lavone Sterling is a presenter at our next member's meeting on September 17, 2016.

She will do a demo on Atmospheric Perspective. After the meeting she will conduct a mini-workshop. Currently the mini-workshop is full but there is a waiting list available.

Please email Paula Somma at paulasomma@gmail.com to get on the waiting list.

Topic of Demonstration: Atmospheric Perspective

Description of Workshop

"In this workshop we will be dealing with the artist's task of creating the illusion of distance or depth in landscape. The saturation of light on distant objects as mountain and trees or atmospheric perspective causes the object to appear to fade. Leonardo da Vinci referred to this phenomenon as "the perspective of disappearance" . There are several techinques pastel artists can use to achieve atmospheric perspective or the desired "distance in a landscape". We will explore those methods in our workshop and learn a few tricks. So bring photos to work from and get ready to have fun"

LaVone Sterling, a Signature Member of PASTEL SOCIETY OF AMERICA; PASTEL SOCIETY OF THE WEST COAST and SIERRA PASTEL SOCIETY, is a California artist whose landscapes and portraits are found in both private and public collections throughout the world.   Her painting “Golden Glow”is currently on the box lid of SennelierSoft Pastel30 piece pleinair landscape set and is available at most art supply stores. 

“I feel so fortunate to live in this beautiful valley”, the artist says. “I never lack for subject matter or inspiration.  Mornings, when my mind is fresh, is when I do my best work.  I begin painting when the sun comes up. Capturing the light is truly a challenge and creating art has its own sense of restful reward. My hope is that those who view my art will feel the same sense of quiet inward peace as I do when I create it."

LaVone’s work is available for sale at The Sense of Place Art Gallery in Fresno, CA or on her website www.lavonesterlingfineart.com

Realistic Still Life Workshop with Lisa Ober - October 2016

October 20-22, 2016

Riviera United Methodist Church

375 Palos Verdes Blvd, Redondo Beach, CA 90277


Don't miss the opportunity to sign up for this workshop with talented artist Lisa Ober. Check out her amazing realistic artwork at www.lisaober.com

There are only a few places left so don't delay, contact Arturo Fribourg to secure your spot!

Artist Lisa Ober, PSA,  teaches a color-filled workshop on how to create beautifully detailed still life paintings in pastel. She will take a step-by-step approach through her unique still life technique, from the first sketch to the finished piece using a photo reference. Short demonstrations followed by plenty of class work time will ignite a passion for still lifepainting as students see their colorful paintings take shape. Participants will learn the skills needed to create believable and realistic still life paintings that are loaded with impressive details.

Lisa will discuss developing keen observation skills, color selection, pastel application, and she will disclose her secrets for handling difficult surfaces such as glass or metal—giving special attention to this area.

"I love people.  I love painting.  I love painting people.  Put those three statements together and you have the perfect combination for a portrait painter which is exactly what I have endeavored to be my whole life.  As a small child I was inspired by my grandmother, a self taught artist who seemed to also enjoy portrait painting.  I recall spending hours with her in her studio hanging on to her every tip, trick, demonstration or suggestion.  My greatest hope was to be as good a painter as she was and my favorite past time was trying to do just that."

--- from www.lisaober.com/about-lisa.html

Alain Picard Workshop Openings - March 2016

There are still a few spots open for the Alain Picard landscape and portrait workshops! Don't miss the chance to sign up for one or both of these workshops since they are not offered on the west coast very often!



Three-Day Workshop, 9:00am-4:00pm
March 7-9, 2016
Location: Pastel Painters of Southern California, Redondo Beach
Registration: Please contact Arturo Fribourg at fribourgarch@aol.com

Learn to develop lifelike portrait paintings, whether working from the live model or photographic references. Using the live model as our reference, we’ll learn all the techniques necessary to create stunning portraits in pastel and oil. Lighting and posing the model, photographing the model for reference, designing the portrait, creating lifelike skin tones, learning the painterly approach, and refining your portrait will all be covered in a relaxed and friendly learning environment. Alain will demonstrate each morning based on the day’s theme, and students will work from the live model throughout the day to develop lifelike portraits with personalized instruction at their easels. The workshop will conclude with an encouraging group critique on the last day. 

---from picardstudio.com/workshops/


Two Day Studio/Plein Air Workshop, Thursday-Friday, 9:00am-4:00pm
March 10-11, 2016
Location: Pastel Painters of Southern California, Redondo Beach
Registration: Please contact Arturo Fribourg at fribourgarch@aol.com

Loosen up your landscapes using the painterly approach. Learn to simplify complex scenes into clear shapes, values, and edges. Organize these shapes into strong design and color combinations using bold, expressive marks to interpret your environment for that lush painterly look.

---from picardstudio.com/workshops/

For more details and information on cost and payment deadline download this Workshop Notice from Arturo Fribourg.

You can also download the Workshop Supply List


Julia Patterson Meeting Demo and Mini-Workshop - January 16, 2016


Join the fun with a demo by Julia Patterson on Texture and Whimsy at our January 16th PSSC meeting. Afterwards a mini- workshop will be offered to continue exploring these subjects using highly textured gaterboard, pastels and a little color theory to create masterpieces of whimsy.


There are only 12 places available for the mini-workshop, contact Vickie Sekits or Lynn Attig to secure your spot!


About the Workshop      ----from Julia Patterson                              

Texture Madness!

Let’s just play for 3 hours using highly textured gatorboard, hard and soft pastels, and a little color theory to create masterpieces of whimsy. Recommended subject matter: animals or objects. Nothing serious. One prepared board included.

Fee:  $35/person
Class Size Limit: 12

Materials List:
Assortments of pastels, mostly semi-hard to hard.
Any size piece of gatorboard or hardboard you like(no foamcore), 16” x 12” recommended
2” brush from hardware store
water container
largest black Sharpie you can find

SpectraFix ColourFix pastel Primer (colored or clear)

I will provide a small textured board for each participant to experiment with while our larger boards are drying as well as some acrylic paints and other goodies.

Dawn Emerson Workshop - February 2016


Grazing the Blues

Grazing the Blues

This workshop is currently full but there is a waiting list available. Contact Carolyn to be added to the waiting list.



“The Dynamic Horse” 
3 Days of creating images of horses that are infused with energy, color, and life! In this beautiful setting you’ll explore ways of drawing and painting with pastel that will re-inspire your love of the medium to express your passion for this most beautiful animal. You’ll be photographing and sketching the horses at the Blue Moon West ranch, and working from photos in the studio. 

Download the Materials List here.

Workshop Coordinator: Carolyn Buchman

About Dawn

I grew up on the east coast in Marblehead, Massachusetts, and graduated from Brown University in 1977 with a BA in English and a minor in art. After a career in the Boston area as a graphic designer, I moved in 1992 to the high desert plateau of Central Oregon with my husband and two children. I taught in the public schools as an artist in residence, and began attending workshops given by pastel artists Harley Brown, Albert Handell, Sheila Reiman, and Doug Dawson. Pastel felt “like home” the first time I tried it, and my world literally changed from black and white to color. By 1997 I was winning major awards for my pastel work, and had achieved “signature member status” with the Pastel Society of America, the Pastel Society of the West Coast, and the American Academy of Equine Art, and “associate member status” with the Society for Animal Artists.


Save the Date for the Alain Picard Workshop - March 2016


The workshop will take place on March 7-11, 2016. The first three days will be dedicated to portraits and the last two days to landscapes.  You can sign up for any one session or for both portrait and landscape sessions. Alain Picard has also agreed to be our 2016 show awards judge!

Sign-ups will start at the July 18 meeting so be sure to secure your spot.

Workshop Coordinator: Arturo Fribourg


Alain Picard earned a BA in illustration from Western CT State University and went on to study at the Art Student's League in New York City. He cites Sargent, Degas, and Sorolla among his artistic influences. A love of light and beauty are immediately apparent in his pastel and oil paintings.

A frequent workshop instructor and demonstrator for art associations, schools, galleries and museums, he recently demonstrated at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the National Arts Club in New York City. In an effort to share his passion for art with others, Alain’s first book, "Pastel Basics," was published in 2013, followed by a series of instructional DVD’s in pastel. His newest book, "Mastering Pastel," was released on April 29, 2015.


Lyn Asselta Workshop - October 2015

"A painting should speak to your soul"

"A painting should speak to your soul"

Pastels and The Expressive Landscape

Event Date: October 22-24 at the Riviera United Methodist Church


"Choosing pastel as her medium, Lyn Asselta creates vivid, thoughtful images of places that are close to her heart.  These images are often meant to make her viewer feel as though they've stumbled upon a place of quiet strength and solitude. 

More often than not, you the viewer are able to step into a landscape that will take you away to a place where you can slow down, breathe the air, and feel as though you are surrounded by the peace and quiet of nature."


More information will be added as it becomes available. To reserve your spot contact Arturo Fribourg

Fran Nichols Mini-Workshop - September 2015

This half day workshop will follow the September 12th PSSC meeting at the Riviera Methodist Church. Fran will also be doing the demo during the meeting and so will have the opportunity to continue the lesson in the mini-workshop.

Underpainting in Acrylic and Watercolor. 1-4pm, $50.

Learn to encourage your painterly technique in pastel by first underpainting in acrylic and watercolor.

We will concentrate on composition, massing shapes, and the beauty of light, atmosphere, and color in a demonstration of painting the Antelope Valley's poppyfields. 

Workshop Participants:

Bring a surface that will accept water media, such as an Ampersand board or mounted U-Art paper, and watercolors if you have them (I will have some extra).

The acrylics will be provided.

   Contact Vickie Sekits to sign up.