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 Nancie King Mertz: “Pastels are Perfect for Plein Air”

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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