IAPS has a wealth of classes for you to choose from - Workshops and Demonstrations. Be sure to check the SCHEDULE so that you don't sign up for two classes at the same time. Each class is designated with the following initials that tell you what type of class it will be:


The instructor will work on a painting, and discuss technique, inspiration, supplies etc. Demonstrations are either two or three hours. The painting will be projected to a screen, so everyone can see details as the instructor works.


There are many two-day workshops as well as one-day workshops throughout the program. You will need to bring all your supplies, including your choice of standing or tabletop easel. Under each class description will be a link to the instructor's recommended materials list that you can print out. Maximum of 20 students in most workshops.

Dawn Emerson

WS01 Dawn Emerson

2 Day Workshop, Tuesday & Wednesday, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm . . . $390*
Innovative Possibilities with Pastel

Dawn will help you find inspiration in other expressive art forms that can be applied to your work. She will introduce ways of creating textural variation, incorporating transparency and opacity, layering both subtractively and additively, and even consider 3-dimensional possibilities. Think outside the box for your personal growth!

Dawn Emerson information
Liz Haywood-Sullivan

WS02 Liz Haywood-Sullivan

2 Day Workshop, Tuesday & Wednesday, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm . . . $390*
Color Nuance with Pastels

Liz will work with you to experience color mixing the dry medium of soft pastel as if it were paint. She will introduce you to techniques utilizing a limited pastel palette yet creating striking color nuance, using the concept of layering and working with colors in value families.

Liz Haywood-Sullivan information
Aline Ordman

WS03 Aline Ordman

2 Day Workshop, Tuesday & Wednesday, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm . . . $390*
Using Your Focal Points in a Landscape

In this workshop Aline will teach you how to utilize focal points to elevate your viewers awareness of points in a landscape to create centers of interest in the painting to grab your audiences’ attention.

Aline Ordman information
Margaret Dyer

WS04 Margaret Dyer

2 Day Workshop, Tuesday & Wednesday, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm . . . $390*
The Dynamic Figure in Motion

Working with a live model, students will explore drawing, proportion by measuring, value and color. Toward the end of the first day, we will photograph the model in motion, giving students a variety of dynamic images to work from the next day.

Margaret Dyer information
Tom Christopher

WS05 Tom Christopher

2 Day Workshop, Tuesday & , 9:00 am - 4:00 pm . . . $390*
The Significance of a Textured Ground

Tom will demonstrate his signature textural process for an underpainting to accept a top layer of pastel and the significance of this texture in his landscape work.

Tom Christopher information
Corey Pitkin
Sandra Burshell

WS06 Corey Pitkin & Sandra Burshell

2 Day Workshop, Tuesday & Wednesday, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm . . . $410*
Portrait/Figurative Mentorship Forum: Two Models, Two Presenters

Two accomplished artists, two models, two days This collaborative working forum will be an experience with team teaching in an open studio format with the artist attendees working at their own pace throughout both days. You will benefit from the diversity of working with two master portrait/figurative artists. On Tuesday, your presenter will be Corey Pitkin, and on the second day, you will view the same two models in the same basic poses, and your presenter will be Sandra Burshell. After an initial demonstration in the mornings, each instructors will be present on both days for mentorship and counsel.

Corey Pitkin & Sandra Burshell information
Alain Picard

WS07 Alain Picard

1 Day Workshop, Wednesday, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm . . . $196*
Express Yourself with Color

Exaggerate color, depart from local color, and explore color concepts to create expressive, bold paintings full of vibrancy and impact. In this workshop, Alain will share his techniques for using a painterly approach to color and mark making that bring excitement to your work.

Alain Picard information
Stephie Clark

WS08 Stephie Clark

1 Day Workshop, Wednesday, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm . . . $196*
Atmospheric Magic

Stephie will take you along on her journey as she utilizes atmospheric enhancement to create magical paintings of fields of flowers. Explore expressive strokes and create depth in your work whilst interpreting your reference photos.

Stephie Clark information
Daniel Keys

WS09 Daniel Keys

2 Day Workshop, Thursday & Friday, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm . . . $390*
The Painterly Still-Life

Known for his masterful still-lifes in oil, Daniel has found that pastel creates a unique beauty. He will share his understanding of depicting light on various objects, the power of edges, and the influence of color.

Daniel Keys information
Loriann Signori

WS10 Loriann Signori

2 Day Workshop, Thursday & Friday, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm . . . $390*
Synchronicity: Skill + Taking Risks

What makes you want to enter, explore and never leave that two-dimensional surface? Why does it touch your heart? Your memory is your greatest asset as it unlocks the door to your personal vision. Using a series of freeing exercises, you will delve into these ideas and learn to create a dialogue with your painting.

Loriann Signori information
Diana Sanford

WS11 Diana Sanford

2 Day Workshop, Thursday & Friday, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm . . . $390*

Ever wonder why we 'play' music but do art 'work'? Come and practice improvising in this playful, interactive workshop. The ability to be spontaneous, receptive and in the moment is vital in our creative process. In this workshop, through carefully structured exercises, you’ll train your brain to readily engage the spontaneous mode, strengthening it to become an equal partner in your art making. This is a fun, interactive and intense workshop open to all with basic comfort with the materials.

Diana Sanford information
Desmond O'Hagan

WS12 Desmond O'Hagan

2 Day Workshop, Thursday & Friday, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm . . . $390*
Step out of your Comfort Zone

Desmond explores experimentation in the process of painting. You will step out of your comfort zone and pursue alternative ideas, methods, and techniques. An essential element of painting is personal artistic growth and experimentation is crucial. We will explore expressionism and abstract art and how to incorporate elements of both in representational pastels.

Desmond O'Hagan information
Sergey Pietilä

WS13 Sergey Pietilä

1 Day Workshop, Thursday, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm . . . $196*
Design with Dark Surfaces

Sergei will explore and share his mastery of the use of design and shape as he creates landscapes with economical use of pastel on dark paper surfaces.

Sergey Pietilä information
Barbara Jaenicke

WS14 Barbara Jaenicke

1 Day Workshop, Thursday, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm . . . $196*
Strengthen Your Landscapes with Expressive Edges

This workshop will teach techniques for setting up edges for various types of landscape subject matter. Emphasis will be on using edge contrast to create expressive landscapes.

Barbara Jaenicke information
Truman Hosner

WS15 Truman Hosner

1 Day Workshop, Thursday, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm . . . $196*
Designing the Element of a Figure Work

Truman will teach a natural way to insert a figure into the landscape. With examples of painters like Monet, Degas, and Sorolla, he will share his observation techniques using light, shadow, and temperature to show how to develop fast, natural approaches to working with the figure in an environment.

Truman Hosner information
Corey Pitkin

DM101 Corey Pitkin

3 Hour Demonstration, Thursday, 9:00 am - 12 Noon . . . $85*
Limited Palette Portraits

How many pastels do you need to paint a portrait? Most portrait sets contain 60 or more! Corey will guide you through how to downsize your portrait palette citing historical examples such as Rembrandt and Sargent, and then demonstrate a portrait sketch using this limited selection.

Corey Pitkin information
Albert Handell

DM102 Albert Handell

3 Hour Demonstration, Thursday, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm . . . $85*
The Adobe Structure

Santa Fe legend Albert Handell will demonstrate his mastery of and fascination with the pastel painting of adobe structures.

Albert Handell information
FRIDAY, JUNE 14, 2024
Doug Dawson

DM201 Doug Dawson

3 Hour Demonstration, Friday, 9:30 am - 12:30 pm . . . $85*
Night City Scenes

Doug will demonstrate his puzzle techniques for constructing a painting one small shape at a time, and the principles that he employs to paint night city scenes. These include instruction on how to use five steps in values to flip the lights on; paint believable darks without using black; and the importance of soft edges in night scenes. He will show you ways of adding figures to the night scene, ways to set up a night scene by underpainting, and how to start a painting with just 4 sticks of pastel.

Doug Dawson information
Bill Schneider

DM202 Bill Schneider

3 Hour Demonstration, Friday, 9:30 am - 12:30 pm . . . $85*
The Edge of Abstraction in Portraiture

Nicolai Fechin's broken stroke technique created a new pathway for artists in the 20th Century. William will demonstrate how to translate Fechin’s expressive techniques into pastel. These techniques rely on a juxtaposition between the smoothness of flesh and the fragmented depiction of features.

Bill Schneider information
Truman Hosner

DM203 Truman Hosner

3 Hour Demonstration, Friday, 9:30 am - 12:30 pm . . . $85*
Reading Light

This is a 35-minute PowerPoint presentation, followed by a 15-minute Q&A and a 1-hour demo sketch. Truman will discuss the development of plein-air painting and how it has lead to reading light in nature, revealing individualism in pastel painting.

Truman Hosner information
Liz Haywood-Sullivan

DM204 Liz Haywood-Sullivan

3 Hour Demonstration, Friday, 9:30 am - 12:30 pm . . . $85*
When Are You Done?

Artists are always asking how can you tell if a painting is done. This demo will be an exploration into the concept of intent in a painting. What is intent? Why is it important? How does it show up? And importantly, how does it inform the finishing steps of a painting? The presentation will begin with a slideshow of examples, and then will move into a complete demo from start to finish which will illustrate the concept.

Liz Haywood-Sullivan information
Terri Ford

DM205 Terri Ford

2 Hour Demonstration, Friday, 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm . . . $70*
Elevate Your Paintings with Dynamic Color

Infuse your paintings with depth and luminous color! Terri will demonstrate her 'Dark to Light, Thin to Thick' technique. She will show how this combined with her use of pure pigment layering to build depth and texture, along with her choice of 'bright over white' create WOW factor color!

Terri Ford information
Barbara Jaenicke

DM206 Barbara Jaenicke

2 Hour Demonstration, Friday, 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm . . . $70*
Plunging into Waterfalls

Barbara will demonstrate how she creates energetic movement for waterfalls, addressing how to create a graceful shape and shimmering light and shadow for a lively flow of rushing water.

Barbara Jaenicke information
Eve Miller

DM207 Eve Miller

2 Hour Demonstration, Friday, 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm . . . $70*
The Emotional Landscape

This demonstration will include techniques for painting the landscape poetically, instead of realistically. Eve shares ways to convey mood, atmosphere, and an atmospheric sense of place. Her goal is to demonstrate how she emotes in her work, not just to paint what she sees, but to feel...

Eve Miller information
Jacob Aguiar

WS16 Jacob Aguiar

1 Day Workshop, Saturday, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm . . . $196*
Lighting Up the Snow

Focusing on the various sources of light that illuminate a snowscape, Jacob will discuss the various color and value choices involved in creating successful portrayal of the beauty of snow in the winter.

Jacob Aguiar information
Christine Ivers

WS17 Christine Ivers

1 Day Workshop, Saturday, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm . . . $196*
The Stroke of Midnight

Learn to create excitement from the vagueness of darkness! We will explore creating depth in your nocturnal paintings, whether in a city scene or landscape, by manipulating color temperature and value. Play with the push and pull of backgrounds while delving into the fun of light and reflections in the night! Hand prepared surfaces will be made available for all students in the class.

Christine Ivers information
Lorenzo Chavez

WS18 Lorenzo Chavez

1 Day Workshop, Saturday, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm . . . $196*
Portraying the Arid Southwest

The quality of the southwestern arid high desert light and atmosphere is the subject of this workshop. Lorenzo will focus on how the light, aridness and altitude have an effect on the subject matter of the high desert southwest landscape. He wants his students to see this area with new eyes of appreciation and new knowledge of its light and color beauty.

Lorenzo Chavez information
Nancy Nowak

WS19 Nancy Nowak

1 Day Workshop, Saturday, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm . . . $196*
Dance with Underpainting for Pastel

Nancy will teach you to add life and movement into your painting. Working with shapes, value, proportion and gesture, discover how you can paint simply and effectively using a variety of underpainting techniques.

Nancy Nowak information
Lyn Diefenbach

DM301 Lyn Diefenbach

3 Hour Demonstration, Saturday, 9:30 am - 12:30 pm . . . $85*
The Floral Landscape

The surface of a flower is a landscape of hills and valleys, twists and turns, textures and patterns held together in a kaleidoscope of color. In this demonstration Lyn will address the eternal questions: How do I create the illusion of dimensionality?; How do I make it glow?; How do I paint a believable shadow?; How come you don't make mud when you blend?; When do I know when it is finished? and more!

Lyn Diefenbach information
Jeanne Rosier Smith

DM302 Jeanne Rosier Smith

3 Hour Demonstration, Saturday, 9:30 am - 12:30 pm . . . $85*
The Intimate Ocean

Sometimes a closer look can yield huge inspiration. In this seascape demo, Jeanne shares her secrets for creating dramatic, close-cropped compositions with high impact and an abstract feel. She’ll show how she uses color harmony and textural effects to create mood, ensuring viewers can smell and taste the salt spray. Be prepared to discover a whole new level of inspiration in your seascape photos.

Jeanne Rosier Smith information
Kelly Milukas

DM303 Kelly Milukas

3 Hour Demonstration, Saturday, 9:30 am - 12:30 pm . . . $85*
Opulent Hot Wax and Dry Pastel Paint

Kelly Milukas straddles the rich worlds of pastel painting and encaustic by combining them in her shifting practice. Intersections between abstraction and representation define her landscapes, life, and conceptual art.

Kelly Milukas information
Daniel Keys

DM304 Daniel Keys

3 Hour Demonstration, Saturday, 9:30 am - 12:30 pm . . . $85*
Capturing Children

Let Daniel show you how he uses his painterly approach to capture the character of children in their joyfulness and delight.

Daniel Keys information
Fred Somers

DM305 Fred Somers

2 Hour Demonstration, Saturday, 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm . . . $70*
Borders and Betweens

Fred will speak of his vision of the beauty of light - focusing on the color blue, how this color and seven ‘marked moments’ transformed his work. Through a pastel demo and powerpoint presentation, he will share how these moments in the past 50 years of pastel painting has guided his work. His unique use of materials and techniques are the result of seeing with the eyes of my mind and the eyes of his heart. Fred finds the profound beauty of God's creation in the abstract and mysterious, and has pushed the borders of pastel expression and the edge of creativity to reflect this mystery.

Fred Somers information
Anne Strutz

DM306 Anne Strutz

2 Hour Demonstration, Saturday, 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm . . . $70*
Breaking the Block

Anne will demonstrate several short exercises that she uses when “blocked” or frustrated in the studio, followed with a discussion on how these exercises invigorate and often define some of the series that she paints.

Anne Strutz information
Andrew McDermott

DM307 Andrew McDermott

2 Hour Demonstration, Saturday, 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm . . . $70*
Everything but the Kitchen Sink

Utilizing a similar technique across various subject matter, whether it’s a tree, figure or a car, Andrew will demonstrate his techniques and insights used for create dynamic smaller works in pastel.

Andrew McDermott information
Tony Allain

DM308 Tony Allain

2 Hour Demonstration, Saturday, 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm . . . $70*
Painting the Changing Reflections on Water

Tony's first demonstration will take the audience to a corner of a Scottish Loch where he will paint the effects of calm water complete with ripples, reflections and a hint of sparkle. His second demonstration will be an up-close view with river stones above and beneath the shallow waters of the River Earn.

Tony Allain information
SUNDAY, JUNE 16, 2024
Andrew McDermott

WS20 Andrew McDermott

1 Day Workshop, Sunday, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm . . . $196*
Urban Lights and Reflections

Known for his visually lush impressionistic pastel paintings, Andrew will share his insights as you develop an urban scene utilizing lights and reflections.

Andrew McDermott information
Kim Lordier

WS21 Kim Lordier

1 Day Workshop, Sunday, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm . . . $196*
Strength through Simplification

Utilizing the subject of a coastal waterway, Kim will work with you and share her process of strengthening the visual content communicated in your final painting through simplification.

Kim Lordier information
Natasha Isenhour

WS22 Natasha Isenhour

1 Day Workshop, Sunday, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm . . . $196*
Connecting, Eyes, Heart, Hand

The key to a successful painting is conveying your personal response to your subject. All paintings are brought to life by the skillful use of light. It is how that light interacts with your subject that elicits your unique response to it; that moment that causes you to pick up your camera or set up your plein air gear to capture it. Natasha will teach you how to tune into your emotional response through color and composition, to help you to better understand how to bring your individual voice to your subject.

Natasha Isenhour information
Tony Allain

WS23 Tony Allain

1 Day Workshop, Sunday, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm . . . $196*
Painting the Ever-Changing Sky

Painting the sky is a powerful element when choosing the landscape as our subject. Clouds can be tricky in that they come in an ever-changing array of shape, form, colour, and detail. Thinking about them in terms of shape and form gives you a simple and consistent way to approach them. This workshop will offer you guidance on how to create that all important mood and atmosphere in your landscape and elevate it to a higher and exciting level.

Tony Allain information
Paul Murray

WS24 Paul Murray

1 Day Workshop, Sunday, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm . . . $196*
Elevating Emotion in your Landscape

Award-winning pastelist Paul Murray will discuss and share his concepts of the impact of elevating emotion in the landscape, through his use of color and by creating exciting finishes.

Paul Murray information
Ellen Eagle

WS25 Ellen Eagle

1 Day Workshop, Sunday, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm . . . $196*
The Heart of the Matter

Compassion is at the heart of all great portraiture. Close observation of our model's structure, coloring, values, and posture engenders compassion and is central to the creation of a sympathetic portrait.

The goal in this workshop is to distill the model's complexities into a simply expressed harmonious construction. Ellen will discuss how she develops an understanding of color and value relationships, how she makes her pastel stick selections, how she moves across the form with color. It is not her intention to lead others to create portraits that look like hers, therefore, she will work with each student one-on-one. There will be one model in a clothed pose for the full day. Students will begin their investigations with a very simple black and white thumbnail sketch, with an emphasis on the grand construction of abstract shapes, in a small sketchbook. Next, they will do a charcoal underdrawing on pastel paper, and then move into the color. Discussions will unfold naturally as Ellen discovers and addresses each student's strengths, thoughts, needs, and goals.

Ellen Eagle information
Karen Margulis

WS26 Karen Margulis

1 Day Workshop, Sunday, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm . . . $196*
Adventures in Abstraction

Karen has simplified the process of abstracting the landscape into three easy steps. In her workshop she will share these steps using representational landscapes and photos as inspiration as well as share three fun methods for abstracting the landscape and will also share strategies for evaluating and finishing an abstract painting.

Karen Margulis information
Nancie King Mertz

WS27 Nancie King Mertz

1 Day Workshop, Sunday, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm . . . $196*
Putting the City into Perspective

Painting from photographic reference of cityscapes, Nancie will show you how to utilize one and two point perspective to accomplish the proper relationships within what can be difficult subject matter. As a long-time Chicago resident, this has been Nancie's focus for the majority of her career, and this workshop will make you feel more competent, and ready to go paint the city.

Nancie King Mertz information
** these classes are offered on two different days and will be exactly the same, so only sign up for one date.

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