CPS Workshops

Each year, CPS offers educational workshops taught by nationally recognized artists from across the country.  Due to the caliber of our professional instructors, students register in advance for our workshops through the CPS Website.

The focus is on providing opportunities for our fellow artists to further develop their skill level in the medium of pastel.  CPS sponsors instructors who offer a diverse variety of content and are generally suitable for any level of expertise.  Workshops are an excellent opportunity to enjoy the comradery of people who share an appreciation of the pastel medium and to learn new techniques from an admired instructor.

OCTOBER 14, 15, 16, 2022  – Workshop Canceled 


Capturing the Essence of a Person  

Lyme Academy of Fine Art, Old Lyme, CT –  LIMITED TO 12

CPS is pleased to feature Judith Leeds, whose honors include a Signature member of Pastel Society of America, International Pastel Societies Master’s Circle, and an Elected Member of the Salmagundi Club.  

In this workshop, Judith will reveal her secrets to doing a pastel painting that captures the personality of the subject.  Through certain exercises and techniques, you will learn what specifically to look for when setting up and painting a subject, so you get the maximum emotional impact and a more accurate depiction of the model.  There will be a few different models, taking both short and long poses over the first two days.  On the third day, there will be one long pose. Judith will be doing demonstrations to show her method.  Open to all levels.  

“People have their lives etched into their faces. To me, that is true beauty. It’s the  intimate moments that define a life and I try to capture these fleeting impressions in these paintings

Supply lists, lodgings, and additional information will be sent to Registrants as we get closer to the workshop date.

Additional Workshops: information posted soon

Registration for our 2022 Workshop Offerings is ONLINE ONLY.
Tuition is $375.00 for CPS Members and $400.00 for Non-Members. The tuition is paid in full at the time of registration. PLEASE NOTE THAT IF CPS CANCELS A WORKSHOP DUE TO THE VIRUS, YOU WILL RECEIVE A FULL TUITION REFUND.
See the Refund Policy for all workshops (below).

Please read our Payment and Refund Policy for all Workshops

CPS Scholarship Awards Program

In support of our mission to educate the public and to promote pastels as a medium, the Connecticut Pastel Society provides scholarships to aspiring pastel artists. This program is open to all non-professional members of CPS 16 years and older and working specifically in the soft pastel medium.

For more information, please click here to read the description

Pay By Check Or Money Order

Please Print Membership Application Form and mail with your check or money order
Download form in PDF format

Please include e-mail on checks or money order and make payable to: Connecticut Pastel Society and mail to Membership Chair Phyllis Phelps at:

CPS Membership, Connecticut Pastel Society
P.O. Box 153
Weatogue CT 06089

email: Phyllis Phelps