Pastel Classes and Workshops

2017 Workshop Schedule

February 11, 12       North Port Art Center   Venice, Florida
                                'Cooking with Color'
                                 click here for information and registration

April 7-9                Dripping Springs, Texas
                               Plein Air in the Hill Country  
                               3 day workshop  $300
                               contact me for details and registration

April 21-23            Illinois Prairie Pastel Society   Springfield, IL
                               "Loosen up and Paint with more
                                                Catherine Flynn


June 9, 10           IAPS Convention    Albuquerque, NM
                               - demo: "The Landscape in Bloom"
                               - seminar: "Blogging for Artists"
                               click here for class description and registration

July 30-August 7               IRELAND! I will be a guest instructor at Art in the Open plein air event in
                                          Wexford Ireland. I will be teaching 2 mini workshops during the week.
                                           More information on the website

October 19-23      Plein Air New Mexico in Pecos NM
                              4 day workshop at the Benedictine Monastery
                             October 19-23 2017   Plein Air Pastel Retreat Workshop

Pecos Benedictine Monastery in Pecos, New Mexico located in the Pecos
                             River Canyon 25 miles east of Santa Fe. 

Cost:                    $800  includes  workshop instruction 4 days and lodging for 5 nights. Lodging   
                              includes three meals daily

  To register for the workshop and secure your lodging please contact:

                          Bruce Wadsworth
                          Marketing/Retreat Director
                          Pecos Benedictine Monastery
                          Tues.-Sat. 9-3:00
                          (505)-757-6415 x112
                          (505)-946-7281 cell    

November 6-8     Artensity Workshops, Ann Arbor MI
                            'Expressive Pastels: Loosen up and add Spice
                             to your paintings'  3 day studio workshop
                            contact Debra Zamperla
                            Additional 2 day workshop now added!!

  • I offer a variety of pastel classes and workshop in my Marietta, Georgia studio. If you are in the Atlanta area,  I would love to have you join a class or discuss with you how I can help you on your journey with pastels. 
  • I also offer PRIVATE LESSONS. Topics will cover anything you wish to work on. Lessons are tailored to your specific needs. Private lessons are $45 for 2 hours. Times are very flexible. Contact me for more details.
  • If you would like to schedule a workshop for your art group please contact me so we can discuss your ideas. I love to travel and would be happy to come to you!


"Thanks so much for a wonderful experience. I learned a GREAT deal by watching your demo and hearing you speak about basics. The folder of information was so helpful. You're a great teacher!" sr

"I just wanted to drop you a note and thank you again for the wonderful experience at your workshops this past weekend. First of all it was wonderful meeting you and seeing your beautiful work first hand. The workshops were so worthwhile and opened my eyes to how limited I have been. My world has now been expanded in many ways, including techniques/styles and papers and pastels." jp

 I discovered Karen's art work a little over two years ago and immediately fell in love with her painting techniques and subject matter. I soon discovered that she conducted workshops on pastel painting and even though I live about 4 hours away have attended a number of her workshops. Karen conducts her workshops in a very professional manner that makes experienced artists, as well as beginners feel comfortable with her teaching methods. I recently signed up for a scheduled workshop with Karen and also a private lesson, both of which were very, very beneficial to me.
I have purchased several of Karen's paintings and hope to purchase additional paintings from her in the future, as well as participate in future workshops.
I highly recommend Karen as an instructor and as an artist. J.

I have have the pleasure of taking pastel classes with Karen Margulis. She has a background in fine art, teaching and is passionate about Pastels as shown in her commitment to the medium. What I love most about Karen besides how nice she is, is that she is so giving of everything she has learned about Pastels. I know she reads many pastel book, goes to shows, and takes part in many workshops by some of the top Pastel Artists in the country. She shares all she learns and you get the best of all her investment and time she spent in learning. I have personally grown so much as an artist and have come so far in my skill set with Karen. I was always a good artist but after only a few classes she taught me so many things about color theory and value and how it can make such a difference in your painting. I have become a better artist because of her. If you are looking to take some classes, I highly recommend Karen's classes. You won't be sorry!


or call (404)697-1717

My studio and classroom
A display for a class on painting bird nests
A photo collage of student paintings from the nest class