August 2020 National Artist Workshop: 
Karen Margulis PSA IAPS-MC
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March 3, 2018

2018 CPPS Member-led Workshop

Harris Twp. Community Building

130 S. Academy St, Boalsburg, PA 16827 

24 MARCH 2018 (9:00 AM – 4:00 PM)

“Passion. Connected,” the motto of this year’s Winter Olympics lends inspiration to this year’s CPPS member-led workshop. We adopt this state of mind that champions a world in which everyone is connected with a shared passion; not as athletes, but as artists, with a shared passion for pastels. This winter, CPPS held a new class at the Art Alliance, called: A PASTEL PREMIERE. Three different teaching members presented: P...

September 30, 2017

About the Workshop

Instructor: Lisa Mitchell

Location: Rhoneymeade Sculpture Garden and Arboretum

Dates: September 21-23, 2018

Course Description: When beginning a pastel painting, one of the questions to be answered is, “What color and value lies underneath?” This is an important step in pastel painting the landscape that should be thoughtfully considered. Learning to develop a progression from the under-painting to layering one color over another—while considering the amount of pressure of a stick of pigment—is essential to discovering the true beauty...

September 19, 2017

  • January 2018 – Member Paint-In and Member Crit

    • Boalsburg, PA

  • February 2018 – Quarterly Meeting with a pre-meeting Paint-A-Round

  • March 2018 – 2-4 hour artist led painting event

  • May 2018 – Quarterly Meeting and Rochester Pastel Sale

  • June 2018 – Paint-Out

    • Arboretum Penn State University

  • August 2018 – Quarterly Meeting and Member Crit

  • September 21, 22, 23 – Workshop with possible instructor demo the evening before

  • November 3, 4, or 5 – Road Trip to DC

    • A survey to be distributed to...

February 26, 2017

The education committee is creating a contact list of members interested in taking part in spontaneous events planned a day or 2 ahead. The goal is to encourage painting/sketching together. Events could be plen air, at a member's home or sitting at a coffee shop. Every member on the list would be given the pop up member list and be able to create an event. Only members on the list would be contacted. Please contact Kathleen Muffie-Witt if you would like to be on the list.

February 3, 2016

The next pre-meeting activity will be a show and tell event. The education committee is asking members who have purchased National Artists' works (ie: demos) to bring them in for show/tell before the meeting.  Contact Kathleen Muffie-Witt at

January 24, 2016

On March 25, 2016 the Palmer Museum on Penn State campus will present pastel works from the Palmer Museum's collection. Some of the works selected have never been shown before. Seventeen artists will be represented along with two pieces from unknown artists.   The pastels may be viewed in The Print Study room located on the second floor. The room will be open from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.  


The Education Committee is delighted to invite you to an event they've arranged with the Palmer Museum. For the first time in...

January 24, 2016

The committee is still in need of materials and asks members to consider donating unused  pastels, pastel papers, easels, storage boxes, etc. These materials would then be available for members to use when giving public demonstrations, pre-meeting activities and other hands-on events we hold. 

November 14, 2015

The Education Committee has assumed the role of coordinating future workshops

 From now on, all workshop instructor suggestions should be submitted to members of the committee.  Members at the present time are: Virginia Belser, Anne Kenyon and Kathleen Muffie-Witt.  The Education Committee welcomes your suggestions.

The 2017 workshop will be focused on the figure.  Artists being considered include Sally Strand, Bill Hosner, William Snyder, Mary Beth McKenzie, and Lee Colie-Wright

November 14, 2015

The committee would like members to consider donating unused  pastels, pastel papers, easels, storage boxes, etc. These materials would then be available for members to use when giving public demonstrations, pre-meeting activities and other hands-on events we hold. 

For your convenience, you may bring your donations to the November 8th meeting and give them to Virginia Belser, Anne Kenyon or Kathleen Muffie-Witt.  Please have the materials in a box or bag for ease of carrying and storing.

Thank you, Candace, for the nice selection of pas...

September 28, 2015

This is the first of local workshops organized by the CPPS Education Committee.  The workshop will take place on October 17 at the Friend's Meeting House in State College from 9:30-4,

The morning features Brienne Brown, a local watercolorist, showing how to use a limited watercolor palette to create strong values for an underpainting.  In the afternoon, Anne Kenyon will continue our journey using watercolor on sanded paper in preparation for the final layers of soft pastel.


The registration is $50 and that includes all materials. So, the...

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