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"Spring in Clarksburg" by Jean Hirons

Jean offers ten-week sessions in the fall and winter on Mondays and Wednesdays from 10-1. She also teaches some Saturdays to accommodate working people. Classes generally have a theme relating to various aspects of pastel painting. Shorter sessions and occasional workshops are also provided. All levels are welcome.

For upcoming classes, please visit Jean’s website at:
You can contact her at: or 301-340-3198

DONNA MITCHELL, Carlisle and Mechanicsburg, PA

Pastel Painting by Donna Mitchell

“Lucerne, Switzerland”, 24.5 x 19”

Donna offers private lessons in her Carlisle, PA home studio, based upon the students needs and desires.

She also teaches 4 week sessions on Thursdays, 9:30 am - 12:00pm, at The Art Center School & Galleries in Mechanicsburg, PA. All levels are welcome. Beginners learn drawing and painting techniques with step by step instruction. Advanced students learn how to improve their drawing and painting skills. Everyone works on projects of their own choice; landscape, still life, pet, grandchild, etc.

Contact Donna through her website at:

Phone: 717-258-0459

For Art Center Sessions contact:


DIANE RAPPISI, Chestertown and Easton MD

DIANE RAPPISI Chestertown and Easton MD


Weekly classes at the Fine Art Studio in Chestertown are organized into two four-week sessions. Students may sign up for one or both sessions. Each quarterly class offering improves and refines skills learned in prior lessons, using progressively longer poses. Subsequent sessions progress to color studies and extended poses, with the ultimate goal being the development of each artist’s personal style using the medium of their choice.

Diane also teaches at the Academy Art Museum in Easton, MD. For more information about AAM classes in Easton, please see


Maryland Hall for the Arts

Dsiree Scherini art image
Desiree Holmes Scherini teaches classes at the Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts in Annapolis.
Courses feature demonstrations in pastel, but all mediums are welcome! To register or find out more here's the link:


Carol Vogel Home Studio


Carol Vogel Home Studio, Gaithersburg, MD

Oil Painting - Adult (14+) All Levels (Tues. 11 to 1:30 pm)
Pastel Painting - Adult (14+) All Levels (Tues. 11 to 1:30 pm)
Oil or pastel painting classes introduce the underlying concepts of oil or pastel painting and provide a solid foundation for further exploration. Composition, value, form, color, materials, and painting techniques are covered. Students paint from still life or photos. Drawing experience is helpful.
Students will work at their own pace on a composition of their choosing.
Group classes in Gaithersburg. Private classes in all phases of drawing and painting also offered.
To register or should you have any questions please contact Carol and she will email you a registration form and supply list. For more information, follow this link:

◊ PSA Workshops and Classes

The Pastel Society of America hosts a variety of workshops and classes taught by award-winning artists instruct throughout the year. The school instructors are noted for their one-on-one rapport with students at all levels. To view the schedule for classes and workshops, please visit their webpage for details.

◊ Pastel Juried Exhibition Opportunities

International Association of Pastel Societies: IAPS

IAPS member societies post information about their exhibition opportunities on the IAPS web page. This is a great resources. Visit the IAPS page on Member Society Exhibitions for more information.

Many pastel societies use for posting information about their upcoming exhibitions. You'll find prospectus, contact information, and online entry services hosted here. Opportunities for all sorts of competitions across all media and venues. Check it out!

◊ Marketing Strategy for the Artist

Listening to your Client

Here are a few key points when having a conversation with a potential/existing client:

- Allow the client to speak without interruption. It will acknowledge how important and valuable they are to you. As they speak you will gather key information regarding their preferences in order to provide the appropriate artwork for their space. Develop a list of questions to make certain that information is captured completely.

- Let the conversation soak in and respond accordingly. Develop the habit of speaking to them at the same pace so they do not feel rushed or ignored. Be a good listener and smile at them. When responding do not come across as pessimistic, challenging or uninterested for it will cause unnecessary anxiety for the client. Respond candidly to their questions and then allow the client to respond without interruption. Observe their body language for it will tell you that the client understands your information. The main goal is to build trust between you and the client.

Marketing Your Art

- Presentation of your art to the public is important. Ask a peer, gallery owner or an art dealer to critique the presentation of your work. Is the work framed appropriately, is your website user friendly and does it provide a prospective buyer an engaging user experience? Is the work cohesive in quality? Is your artwork priced consistently? Also obtain written referrals from existing clients for the prospective clients review.

- Research your competition. Look at their website; research their resume and bio information, pricing of artwork as well as gallery representation. Interview an artist who is successful and you will gain invaluable information on their marketing methods. Successful artists devote a certain amount of time each week to promote their art. Ask the artist how their gallery helps them to sell their work. How many pieces do they need to have ready to sustain the agreement with the gallery owner and themselves? Are there any hidden costs since each gallery have policies that vary in scope of services.

- Take the time to research galleries that would best represent you. Location is important. Is the gallery located in a well traveled area? Research the quantity of tourists that visit that particular area and if there are mid-size to large size corporations in the vicinity. The corporations may have an art leasing program in place that you can tap into.

- Take the time to attend events held by the ASID-American Society of Interior Designers and IIDA International Interior Design Association. ASID has a membership that consists of residential practice based designers and commercial marketplace professionals. IIDA's membership is predominately attended by commercial marketplace designers. Both organizations use artwork in residential and commercial applications.

- Donate time to expanding your mailing list.

- Contact local county government offices to inquire if they have a budget to purchase or lease art for their many facilities. Local libraries and community centers typically rotate art exhibits through out the year.


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