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Painting Plein Air in Oil Pastel

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September 12, 2023
September 15, 2023
10:00 - 4:00
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Workshop Overview

Immerse yourself in the beauty of late summer on the Oregon coast! Discover the joy of painting en plein air with luscious oil pastels in inspiring locations around Sitka. Working mostly in small format, students will create a series of intuitive sketches and finished paintings which can provide inspiration for larger works in the future or simply stand on their own. There will also be time in the studio each day to familiarize ourselves with the medium through intriguing guided exercises and instructor demonstrations. Prepare to be surprised! All levels of experience are welcome.

About the Instructor(s)

Professional artist Sondra Holtzman’s artwork reflects musings of travel, afar and close to home. She leads painting explorations all over the world, including Europe, South America and the South Pacific.

After attending Rhode Island School of Design, Sondra worked as a freelance designer, creating artwork for clients like Nike and Delta Air Lines. Her work has been published in 1000 Artist Journal Pages and Signatures: The Art Journal Collection by Somerset Studio.

For Sondra, the true joy of being an artist also lies in the sharing of her passion with others, helping them to discover their own artistic voice.

Materials List: Students Bring

• A comfortable outdoor chair or easel for painting

• Sun hat, sunscreen

• A small support like a clip board to tape your painting to when working outdoors

• One set of MUNGYO GALLERY SOFT OIL PASTELS, Set of 48/Assorted Colors ($22.80) which can be ordered on Amazon (

• HIGHLY RECOMMENDED: A small set of Caran d’Ache Oil Pastels and a small set of Sennelier Oil Pastels. These are expensive but well worth the cost. If you are choosing between these two sets, please order a set of Sennelier oil pastels. You’ll be very glad you did.

• A pad of SANDED pastel paper, such as UART or Sennelier Pastel Card. Visit for a variety of sanded paper choices.

• A roll of wax paper for protecting the paintings OR a photo album that can be purchased at Goodwill. A good size is 8" x 10", 9" x 12" or 8" x8" (optional)


• Small pair of scissors

• Highly Recommended: COMIART Clay Sculpture Tools Silicon Color Shapers Painting Brushes Size 6


• Roll of blue painter’s tape

• Small package of baby wipes

• Mechanical pencil

• Bookbinding awl or large needle

• A container of Golden Pastel Ground

Materials List: Provided by Instructor(s)

• Handout

• Sponge brushes/plastic dishes

• Prepared mat boards

• Prepared hard boards

• Viewfinders

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