to the Austin Pastel Society...Whether you have an interest in learning more about the medium of pastel or you're an active pastel artist, we hope you will join us for monthly programs, juried & non-juried exhibitions and special events! ​

If you would like to be on a wait list in case of a cancelation please email Pam Hickl.

Coming in January!

Stephanie Birdsall 
Workshop Instructor

Stephanie Birdsall is a “Putney Painter”, founded by Richard Schmid and Nancy Guzik, painting with them for the last 10 years. She is also an OPA member and a Master Pastellist with the Pastel Society of America and the International Assoc of Pastel Societies. She has also been a signature member of The Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters. She has received more than 50 awards and been featured in numerous publications and on PBS.

She has taken her love for Plein Air into the studio and paints florals and organic still lifes, always from life being colonization of her natural light , primarily north. Along with three DVDs, she has become a sought after workshop teacher, teaching internationally. Her workshops are affectionately called boot camps, concentrating on color /light, composition, and brush strokes … The things that are important to a successful painting!


"Getting what you want …with your painting?”

It is all about color and pastel strokes, and how to achieve them when  Putney Painter, Stephanie Birdsall, uses the limited palette made famous by Richard Schmid to teach underpainting, layering and/or glazing to build and create color. She uses a limited palette to construct her paintings. It works as well in the studio as in Plein Air painting.

You will learn to have control over your pastel, from light, delicate to heavier strokes to achieve the results you want from your painting.

Focusing on shape, Stephanie will explore using shape in composition. Her philosophy is that there is no such thing as a “negative shape” and all shapes are important and need to be considered throughout the painting.

You will start with using organic simple shapes like apples, pears, lemons, oranges in order to practice different ways of underpainting, layering color, pastel control and simple composition. Then you will grow your painting using flowers and other subject matter.

You will focus on studying composition, values, edges, and finding the concepts that you want to bring out in your paintings.

This will be an intense, fun, learning experience!


If you would like to attend the mini workshop, please contact Linda Wells.

Mini Workshop February 26, 2017 

with Jeannette Cuevas at the

Georgetown Public Library 12-3:00 pm

Jeannette will demonstrate her pastel techniques. $40 for members, $45 for non-members. 
More details to come.  

Mini Workshop April 23, 2017 

with Linda Dellandre at the

Norris Center 12-3:00 pm

Linda will demonstrate her pastel techniques. $40 for members, $45 for non-members. 
More details to come.  

APS 2017 Annual Workshop March 4 -5 ​​

Mini Workshop Jan. 22, 2017 

with Rae Andrews at the

Georgetown Public Library 12-3:30 pm

Rae will show you how she approaches her animal portraits on velour paper in her loose and yet realistic style.
***Students will work from photographs .  

Only $40

SUNDAY APRIL 23,  12-3 PM!

Regular meeting will follow the Mini Workshop and will feature a demo by LINDA DELLANDRE 

Stephanie's workshop will be from 9 am to 4 pm, Saturday March  4th and Sunday March 5th, 2017 at the Apache Shores Community Hall (14919 General Williamson Drive, Austin, TX 78734). Cost for the two-day workshop is $365. We will begin accepting registrations at the September meeting, Sunday, September 25 from 4pm to 6pm at the Georgetown Public Library. Online registration will open at noon on Monday September 26. A $65 non-refundable deposit is required to hold your seat in the workshop. The remaining $300 will be due on February 1st, 2017.

"It's important to me that it's not so much as what is said as what is left unsaid..... There's a beauty in that ." _ Stephanie Birdsall