Pastel Painters Society of Cape Cod

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2 day workshop with Nancie King Mertz, PSA-MP, CPP-MP, IAPS-MC

The Pastel Painters Society of Cape Cod is pleased to announce our upcoming Master Workshop in September, 2017: 

"Pastels are Perfect for Plein Air"

Date: September 23rd & 24th, 2017 (Saturday & Sunday) 9am - 4pm, with a break for lunch
Location: Mount Horeb Masonic Hall, 242 Old Bass River Road, South Dennis, MA 02660
Plein air workshop:
One or two paintings will be completed each day, depending on the artist's comfort level.  Individual attention is stressed in this workshop rather than group lecture.  Short demos will be offered throughout the workshop to help clarify techniques, as needed. Sessions will be plein air, weather permitting, and indoor facilities will be available if needed.

Member registration through 5/15/17 - $275 *
Member registration after 5/15/17 - $325
Non-member registration - $325
 *Early bird registration savings

Preferred materials:
Sturdy Plein air easel to hold your pastels
Asst. soft pastels (no oil pastels)--if buying new, the Sennelier Plein air set is a good start. Jack Richeson also offers a beginning set in my name on Amazon.
4-8 painting surfaces of your choice, attached to rigid backing, to work vertically on your easel.  Suggested are 11x14 (or your size choice) Ampersand pastel boards, mounted Wallis or UArt papers. Richeson sells a rigid pastel surface on Amazon also.  Depending on how quickly you work, only tote 2-3 per day to class to save space in your daily gear.  Pack them face-to-face to protect the painting surface.
2-3 sticks of vine charcoal
a selection of thin, hard pastels
small closed container for denatured alcohol (alcohol will be provided)
inexpensive fan brush or 1" brush
waxed paper and painters' tape to wrap finished pieces for transport
wet wipes, hat or visor, sunscreen
optional:  bug spray, umbrella, chair, etc.
A rolling grocery cart or suitcase is very helpful.  If all will fit into a backpack, even better!
So looking forward to working with each of you! 
To learn more about Nancie and view her work, go to


Cancellation policy: 45 days or more prior to the workshop, the workshop fee may be refunded if the workshop is full with a waiting list and there is a person on the waiting list willing to fill the spot. If the spot is filled, a refund will be processed less the $50 administrative fee. If a substitute from the waiting list is not available, then no refund will be given. Less than 45 days prior to the workshop no refunds will be given.
Class size will not exceed 18 students. PPSCC reserves the right to cancel up to 30 days prior to workshop if minimum number of registrants has not been met. In this case, a full refund will be given.


2 day workshop with Jacob Aguiar

The Pastel Society of Cape Cod is pleased to announce our upcoming Master Workshops in June, 2017:

"From Concept to Completion: Developing a Successful Landscape Painting from Studies and Photo Reference"

In this two-day workshop, Jacob will lead participants in exercises both outside and in- side the studio. Outside, Jacob’s exercises will help you to effectively paint a scene en plein air focusing on composition, light, color harmony, and overall concept. Inside the studio, Jacob will show you how to work from a field study and photo references to produce a successful painting with an emphasis on concept and the overall intention of the painting. Finally, Jacob will discuss how to critique one’s own work so that future paintings more closely convey the original concept and intention. Jacob will do daily demos, and offer ample assistance at the easel in a friendly, fun environment. This workshop is appropriate for the absolute beginner or the more experienced pastelist looking to reinvigorate their work.

Jacob is a very gifted artist and excellent instructor. More information about him and images of his work may be viewed on his website:

If you are not a member or haven't renewed your membership, now is the time to join!

Workshop 1 – June 20th & 21st (Tuesday & Wednesday) 9am - 4pm


Workshop 2 – June 22nd & 23rd (Thursday & Friday) 9am - 4pm


We are considering a third two-day workshop in case registration is high. Depending on demand, a third workshop may be added Sat & Sun, June 24 & 25.  Please register to indicate that you would be interested in these tentative dates.


Workshop will be held at the East Sandwich Grange Hall, East Sandwich, MA on beautiful Cape Cod. Lunch will be provided on site.

Cost for each workshop is $275 for members and $325 for non-members.

Class size will not exceed 18 students. 

Supply list will be emailed to workshop participants by the workshop coordinator.

Cancellations may occur one month prior in the totally unlikely event that a minimum of 12 students for workshop have not been confirm.

Cancellation Policy:

Registered persons who cancel by April 1, 2017 will receive a refund minus a $50 handling fee. Persons who cancel after April 1, 2017 will receive a refund only if the class is booked and a new attendee takes their place from the waiting list. In the unlikely event that the workshop is cancelled by PPSCC for any reason a full refund will be issued to all who have registered.