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Pastel Techniques for Landscape Painting with Scott Lamp

October 16th, 2021

10am - 3pm at GFAA Gallery*: 1314 S Main Street

*Please wear a mask

$65 fee



This workshop is for any beginner wishing to get started with pastels, or any artist who has experience in
another medium and would like to begin working with pastels. We will discuss the general supplies
needed and how to make choices of pastel papers/surfaces, pastel types/brands and degrees of pastel
hardness/softness. You will learn techniques for application of pastels to achieve varying results in color,
texture, layering, blending, and edges. As we learn to apply the pastel to achieve specific results, we will
also learn how to choose the best method to achieve what we need when painting landscapes. We will
be working with “dry” pastels only, not “oil” pastels.

Supply List:

  1. The instructor will provide some pastels for the class to use, so you don’t need to purchase any for this class. However, please bring any dry pastels you already have for your own use during the class as you may wish to have more variety of colors etc.

  2. Two cheap or old brushes; one should be a smaller size bristle brush, and the other a softer watercolor type brush (I often use a size 5). Any smaller size will do as long as it’s not tiny and not big. Please note that these brushes will be damaged when used for pastel painting.

  3. A backing board of some kind for mounting paper onto. We will be using 9x12 pastel paper, which we will tape down onto a sturdy board. Masonite and Gatorboard work well, but even a thick sturdy cardboard will work. The exact size of the board doesn’t matter as long as it is at least 10x13 so you can tape a 9x12 paper to it.

  4. An easel, or a tabletop easel. If you don’t have an easel, you can bring a box to lean your mounted paper against to get it as upright as you can. (It’s much easier to paint with pastels when the surface is more vertical).

  5. Two small rags or old towels: One is kept dry and the other is made wet with water and kept in a plastic zip lock bag until ready for use. These are used to wipe your fingers as needed while painting. Sometimes a dry one will work fine and sometimes you need some water to get color off the fingers. Paper towels don’t work very well for this. I also like to have “wet wipes” for use when I’m finished painting, but these should NOT be used while painting because the soapy chemicals may affect your pastel sticks. Caution: some pastels are rated “non-toxic” and others are not. Some pastel artists choose to wear gloves while painting to keep the pastel paint off their fingers. Some students may wish to wear a facemask as a very light cloud of dust may form while working with pastels. I work in my personal studio without a mask or gloves. Each participant should feel encouraged to protect themselves as they deem necessary regarding their concerns about exposure to the medium. During the workshop, we will work to limit the dust and we will step outside for “brushing off” techniques that will definitely create dust.

  6. Lunch and/or snack and beverage for yourself, there will be a short mid-day break.



I began my art journey in 1998 by signing up for watercolor classes with Linda Pence in Gainesville Florida. I then took a few workshops and practiced whatever I could learn. I discovered my favorite subject is the landscape and nature. I also discovered that I enjoy the struggle of pushing myself in new directions, and enjoy wandering out of my comfort zone to learn a new approach or tackle a difficult subject (though I’m often heard grumbling in the process). I suppose this is what inspired me to shift from watercolor to acrylic and then to pastel. 

I have won awards for paintings in each of the mediums that I work in, but right now I’m enjoying having my fingers covered in pastel dust. I have never taken a pastel class or workshop; learning instead from trial and error, art magazines and a few online resources.

I enjoy being part of the artist community here in Gainesville; having served as President of the Gainesville Fine Arts Association, and participating in many local workshops, exhibitions, and En Plein Air events. 

You can find out more about me, view my art, or contact me through my website at Though parts of my website are currently unavailable, the pastel section is up and working…so please feel free to look at my pastel paintings there. I hope they inspire you to join me for this workshop and get your fingers dirty getting started using pastels!


1. Payment is non-refundable. If you find you need to cancel and wish to find a replacement, it is your responsibility to find  that replacement and to obtain the funds. Please contact us first in case there is a waitlist. If you find someone yourself, please provide us with the contact information for your replacement.

2. Questions should be directed to Katy at 

3. Your payment serves as your agreement to this cancellation policy.