Upcoming Workshop in Langley, BC

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A Unique Workshop Experience!

3 Days

3 Instructors

3 Styles and Subjects

Don't be Afraid of the Dark
Bright Lights in the City
Landscapes in Pastel

Join us for 3 days of fun and learning

Pastel Artists.CA is hosting an exciting 3 day workshop with 3 top West Coast pastel artists. Each day will feature a different instructor, different style and different subject matter. A “pastel sampler” if you will!

This workshop will be held on September 26 to 28, 2019 at the Masonic Hall in Langley, BC.

This is an outstanding opportunity to learn from 3 leading Canadian pastel instructors. Learn their tips and tricks for creating pastel paintings in different styles and techniques.

Join Roberta Combs, Andrew McDermott and Joan Larson for a fun and information packed 3 days in beautiful BC.

Workshop Details

Where: Masonic Hall – 20701 Fraser Hwy, Langley, BC

When: September 26 to 28, 2019

Time: 9:30 to 4:00 daily

Cost: PAC Members $250  Non-Members $300*

Registration Deadline: August 31, 2019

What’s Included: Lunch will be provided each day, as well as coffee and tea

Accommodations: The Masonic Hall is located in Langley, BC which is approximately 45 minutes outside of Vancouver.  There are numerous hotels, AirBnBs as well as bed and breakfasts in the area.

Each participant will have a table to work on but you will be required to supply a cover (tablecloth) to protect the surface.  You may bring your own easel. Everything can be left overnight.


Member price for this workshop is $250. Non-member pricing is $300. (*Non-members may want to consider joining PAC at a Basic membership level for $50 and then register at the member price of $250)

Please click on the link below to register and pay by PayPal.


If you have any questions regarding the workshop please email:

Lyn Thomas at westworkshop@pastelartists.ca

Direct any questions or issues regarding the registration process to:

Kathy Hildebrandt at support@pastelartists.ca

Thursday Sept 26

Roberta Combs


Don't be Afraid of the Dark

Learn about the power of dark values in a painting. Roberta will show you how.
Meet Roberta

Friday Sept 27

Andrew McDermott


Bright Lights in the City

Andrew will lead the class in creating a lush vibrant night urban scene
Meet Andrew

Saturday Sept 28

Joan Larson


Landscapes in Pastel

Joan's one day workshop will cover a lot of ground (pun intended!)
Meet Joan

Meet the Instructors and workshop details

Roberta Combs

About Roberta Combs


Roberta Combs is a Spilsbury Medal award winner in the Federation of Canadian Artists. Her award-winning work has been seen in International Artists Magazine, Southwest Art Magazine and in the Pastel Journal Magazine. She has exhibited in the Butler Institute of American Art, The Federation Gallery, the American Art Company, The National Arts Club Gallery and the Salmagundi Club in New York City, The Vose Gallery in Boston, and locations that include Palm Springs, Los Angeles, Seattle, Toronto, and Albuquerque and France.

Roberta Combs has been awarded Senior Signature Status in the Federation of Canadian Artists and the Northwest Pastel Society; is a Fellow of the Canadian Institute of Portrait Artists; and is a Master Pastelist of the Pastel Artists Canada. Roberta has also been awarded Master Status Pastelist in the Pastel Society of America. She is the only Canadian to hold this distinction.

She is one of only six Canadians to be a Gold Medal recipient from the International Association of Pastel Societies, recognizing her designation as an artist of the Master Circle.

Don't Be Afraid of the Dark

What are Jurors looking for that makes one painting stand out from others? An important aspect is a full range of values that give a painting so much presence.  We will be reaching for those glowing lights and dramatic darks through a series of challenges. Following each of three demos, artists will practice stretching their value scales to create their own examples of a landscape, a still life, and a floral by pushing their value scale just a little further. It’s all about the light when we control the dark!

We will be doing three paintings, on sanded paper (I will be using Sennelier). There will be a demo explaining my direction and goals with each example as it develops, prior to each exercise.

Supply List

Bring all your usual pastel supplies. It is recommended that you have a selection of hard,medium and soft pastels to work with. Reference pictures will be supplied                                                                                                 

You will need 3 or 4 sheets of sanded pastel paper 10 x 12 (eg: Sennelier LaCarte or UArt) and a hard surface to mount them on, such as foam core, as well as tape if needed.

You are welcome to bring an easel and drop cloth (a dollar store tablecloth with fuzzy backing is great for this). An old towel and an apron will be useful.

Andrew McDermott

About Andrew McDermott


Upon College graduation in Graphic Design and Illustration, Andrew studied and further refined his own unique style, winning top awards including the Master Circle Medallion from IAPS. 

Having many published articles, including The Artist magazine 25 under 40.  Andrew has also had full feature articles in top art magazines such as International Artist, The Artist UK, Magazin’art, and the Pastel Journal. 

Andrew is a popular workshop Instructor and is also a life drawing Instructor for the Illustration department at Langara College, Capilano University and for the Animation department at the Vancouver Film School

Bright Lights in the City

In this workshop we will learn how to develop a lush vibrant night urban scene. Using studies and references we will create believable scenes that hold the viewers eye.

Andrew will share his technical knowledge and his thoughts about what makes a great work of art. Let’s pastel together and make some dynamic impressionistic pastel paintings.

Supply List

1 sheet (cut in half for easy transport) of a sanded paper (mid- gray) ie Color fix, Mi-Teintes Touch, La Carte etc

bring your soft (color and some grays) pastels you might have ie.Schminke, Sennelier, Unison, Great American, Terry Ludwig etc

masking tape or painters tape-rag or cloth

Drawing Board -plastic or cloth drop sheet.

Reference material will be supplied


Joan Larson

About Joan Larson


Joan’s original passion for horses led to her interest in art and she has never stopped to look back. Joan has an extensive CV chronicling 25 years of professional achievements which include international shows, awards and documentaries. However it is the present and  future that hold her attention. Her recent ground breaking series of artworks honouring the RCMP Musical Ride has been used for exhibitions supporting non-profit organizations. This was followed by a series based on her trips to remote and restricted Sable Island to paint it most famous denizens, the wild horses. Next on her radar is a series of paintings based on “Life at the Race Track.”

Joan is a Senior member of the Federation of Canadian Artists (SFCA), a full member of the American Academy of Equine Artists (AAEA) and holds the Premier Pastelist designation with the Pastel Society of Canada (PPC).

Landscapes in Pastel

This one day workshop will cover a lot of ground and give students a step by step process to creating a landscape painting.

Part 1: Selecting your reference material

Nothing is better than painting from direct observation, but when you can’t we will discuss the pros, cons and pitfalls (and how to avoid them) of photos.

Part 2: Foundation Skills in creating a strong painting

As our time is very limited we will only be able to touch upon these vast but vital subjects:

Composition & Design


Linear & Atmospheric Perspective

(there will be handouts for you to take home on these subjects)

Part 3: Pastel techniques & Underpainting

Various pastel application techniques

Underpainting – 3 main media for underpainting: watercolour, pastels, oils

How to create texture

Part 4: Looking at the Whole Painting

Final assessment

And the ever popular “How do you know when you’re done”

Supply List

Drawing materials, sketchbook, pencils, etc.  We will be doing rough sketches and thumbnails

Pastels & Pastel Paper of your choice

Reference photos  –  bring a variety of photos that are appealing to you

Underpainting Media – If you wish to explore various underpainting techniques please     bring any of the following:

–  Sanded paper (some UArt paper will be available for purchase)        

 –  Watercolours, you do not need a huge selection (I use a Winsor &    Newton compact 14 ½ pan set)

–  Oils, only pure colour (no white), odourless solvent

–  Pastels – the easiest for underpainting but you will need      Isopropyl Alcohol and a brush

If you are going to underpaint please come prepared with everything else you will need, palette, brushes, water bucket, cleaning towel, etc.

**P.S. do not use expensive brushes, sanded paper is very hard on them**

Miscellaneous Materials such as:

–  Hand towels for cleaning your fingers and your pastels

–  Tracing tissue is a valuable tool . . . for protecting your pastel painting as well as doing overlay sketches of your drawings

–  Folder or portfolio for carrying your work

–  Drawing Board or easel

–  Foam cor makes an excellent surface to tape your paper to as it is      lightweight, rigid and has a smooth cushioned surface.  2 pieces taped together make a great porfolio.

Please bring whatever you need to be as self sufficient as possible

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