Upcoming UART Workshops

Wish to learn more about specific pastel underpainting techniques on UART? Want to explore new techniques and learn from the masters? Then attend one of our UART workshops in your area! Our workshops are taught by some of the greatest pastel artists in the industry today. UART will provide free paper to each participant as well as offer special discounts from local and online participating retailers.


3-Day UART Workshop with Lorenzo Chavez: “Effective Landscape Painting in the Studio”

Location: Parker, CO
Date: Friday April 7- Sunday April 9 2017

Join internationally known award winning painter and one of Plein Air Painters of America’s newest members, Lorenzo Chavez, for an inspiring and insightful landscape painting workshop in his studio. By students bringing in their own reference photos and field studies, they can learn to visualize the landscape in unique and exciting new ways while also honoring the traditions of the past while utilizing the visual approaches of shape, value, edges, line, and color. Lorenzo is well known for his patience and articulate lessons that will awaken your artistic vision. This workshop will offer plenty of individual attention, daily demonstrations and group discussions in a relaxed and inspiring setting.

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3-Day UART Workshop with Jacob Aguiar: “From Concept to Completion: Successful Landscape Painting in the Studio and En Plein Air” SOLD OUT

Location: Danvers, MA
Date: Saturday April 22 – Monday April 24 2017

This workshop will consist of ample time painting outdoors and in the studio, with the goal of developing plein air studies that will then inform paintings completed in the studio. Outdoor painting time will focus on simplifying a scene to the essentials, emphasizing composition (utilizing notans), abstract form, shape, and color harmony. Indoor work will focus on working from the outdoor studies, as well as photo references to create a successful painting with emphasis on one’s concept and overall intention. Jacob wiill also have daily critiques to allow everyone to receive feedback on their work, and learn the vocabulary of art. Throughout the workshop, underpainting techniques will be presented as UART paper holds up well to wet media underpainting.

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2-Day UART Workshop with Lisa Ober: Life-Like Pets/Animals in Pastel

Location: Grapevine, TX
Date: Saturday May 6 – Sunday May 7, 2017

Lisa Ober, PSA, IAPS-MC, will be teaching a two-day hands on workshop sharing her experience creating life-like pastel pet portraits. Lisa’s step-by-step approach to teaching pastel portraiture insures that when this workshop is complete you will know how to develop a realistic pet portrait from the first sketch through signing the finished painting.

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1-Day UART Workshop with Shawn Dell Joyce: “Layering Pastel for Juicy Color and Crisp Edges”

Location: Walden, NY
Date: Saturday May 6, 2017

Paint apple orchards in a relaxed setting at the foot of the Shawangunk Mountain range with plein air artist, Shawn Dell Joyce at Angry Orchard located in Walden, NY in the heart of the Hudson Valley.

Shawn will demonstrate how to paint with watercolor on top of pastel to capture tree lines and branches as well as how to use pastel like watercolor. Workshop participants can work independently from 1:30-3:30 pm. A final group critique will take place from 3:30-4:00 pm with Angry Orchard cider to celebrate!

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2-Day UART Workshop with LaVone Sterling: The Magic Light Brings to the Landscape

Location: Three Rivers, CA
Date: Saturday May 20- Sunday May 21 2017

Join LaVone Sterling for a two-day workshop that will focus on capturing the light and creating mood in your pastel landscape on UART Premium Sanded Pastel Paper. By using various underpainting techniques, we will discover the potential in a finished work. On day one, in the morning LaVone will demonstrate painting trees, grass and mountains. In the afternoon, students will work from photos in the studio. On the second day of the workshop, after meeting at the studio, we will paint en plein air. The last hour of the second day, we will meet back at the studio and LaVone will critique your work.

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3-Day UART Workshop with Nancie King Mertz: “Pastels are Perfect for Plein Air” SOLD OUT

Location: Chicago, IL
Date: Friday July 7- Sunday July 9 2017

Join Nancie King Mertz, Master Pastelist, at the Palette and Chisel Art Academy for a plein air workshop to capture urban street scenes, nearby cafes and Washington Square Park in the beautiful residential area of the Gold Coast. In this 3-day workshop, students will have a better understanding of composition, basic perspective, underpaintings and light and shadow to bring out their own unique style. Nancie will share her rapid plein air techniques to complete works in 2-3 hours.

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3-Day UART Workshop with Douglas Tweddale: “Waterfalls Galore Plein Air”

Location: Benton, PA
Date: Friday July 7- Sunday July 9 2017

This three day plein air workshop will be held at beautiful Ricketts Glen State Park, which is one of the most scenic areas in Pennsylvania. It contains 22 named, free-flowing waterfalls, each cascading through rock-strewn clefts in this ancient hillside. Old growth trees and undergrowth add to the beauty. All painting will be near public areas with access to restrooms.

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3-Day UART Workshop with Alain J. Picard: “Painterly Portrait”

Location: Newtown, CT
Date: Thursday October 26 – Saturday October 28, 2017

In this workshop, students will work from a live model as well as photographs, learning how to light, pose, and photograph the subject to create lifelike painterly portraits on UART Premium Sanded Pastel Paper.

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3-Day UART Workshop with Jeanne Rosier Smith: “Finding the ‘Wow’

Location: South Dennis, MA
Date: Friday, November 10 – Sun, November 12, 2017

Why are some paintings so successful and others leave us flat?  What creates that catch in the breath as we look at a painting, and how do we create that ‘wow’ factor more often in our own work?  If you are looking to push your work to the next level, this workshop is for you.  Take three days to go further, dig deeper.  This workshop will focus on refining goals, defining strengths, and developing your personal style and a stronger connection to your own work.

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