Pastel Painters Society of Cape Cod

Jacob Aguiar

Afternoon Light at Stage Fort Park

Moonrise At Prouts Neck

Looking Away From the Sunset


2 day workshop with Jacob Aguiar

The Pastel Society of Cape Cod is pleased to announce our upcoming Master Workshops in June, 2017:

"From Concept to Completion: Developing a Successful Landscape Painting from Studies and Photo Reference"

In this two-day workshop, Jacob will lead participants in exercises both outside and in- side the studio. Outside, Jacob’s exercises will help you to effectively paint a scene en plein air focusing on composition, light, color harmony, and overall concept. Inside the studio, Jacob will show you how to work from a field study and photo references to produce a successful painting with an emphasis on concept and the overall intention of the painting. Finally, Jacob will discuss how to critique one’s own work so that future paintings more closely convey the original concept and intention. Jacob will do daily demos, and offer ample assistance at the easel in a friendly, fun environment. This workshop is appropriate for the absolute beginner or the more experienced pastelist looking to reinvigorate their work.

Jacob is a very gifted artist and excellent instructor. More information about him and images of his work may be viewed on his website:

Registration will be open to PPSCC Members only through March 31, 2017 and then open to Non-Members. If you are not a member or haven't renewed your membership, now is the time to join!

Workshop 1 – June 20th & 21st (Tuesday & Wednesday) 9am - 4pm


Workshop 2 – June 22nd & 23rd (Thursday & Friday) 9am - 4pm


We are considering a third two-day workshop in case registration is high. Depending on demand, a third workshop may be added Sat & Sun, June 24 & 25.  Please register to indicate that you would be interested in these tentative dates.


Workshop will be held at the East Sandwich Grange Hall, East Sandwich, MA on beautiful Cape Cod. Lunch will be provided on site.

Cost for each workshop is $275 for members and $325 for non-members.

Class size will not exceed 18 students. 

Supply list will be emailed to workshop participants by the workshop coordinator.

Cancellations may occur one month prior in the totally unlikely event that a minimum of 12 students for workshop have not been confirm.

Cancellation Policy:

Registered persons who cancel by April 1, 2017 will receive a refund minus a $50 handling fee. Persons who cancel after April 1, 2017 will receive a refund only if the class is booked and a new attendee takes their place from the waiting list. In the unlikely event that the workshop is cancelled by PPSCC for any reason a full refund will be issued to all who have registered.



Students participated in a number of exercises to explore color through the eras. From Renaissance Italy to our contemporary time, civilization has exerted an effect on the colors artist use (and vice versa).

In-depth exploration of the properties of color were offered. Students explored the questions: What is Colorist art? What is Tonalism? What is your personal expression and use of color?


Jen Evenhus presents "The Beauty of Imperfection - The Accidental Masterpiece"

Students explored fearless mark making, negative painting, exaggeration, simplification and bold color on their way to creating the "Accidental Masterpiece" in this intense 2-day workshop taught by PSA Master Pastelist, Jen Evenus.

Plan to throw perfection out the window, giving you permission to explore, experiment and play with pastels and other materials like ink, markers, brushes and charcoal in a loose impressionist abstract style.  We will manipulate shapes, composition, space, "pretty" and "ugly" color, line and happy little accidents to reveal and recognize the "Accidental Masterpieces" before we cover it up.


Tony Allain Presents Color and Light"

Tony Allain, award-winning New Zealand Pastelist taught for the first time in the U.S. at a PPSCC sponsored Master Workshop, at the East Sandwich Grange Hall on Cape Cod. 

This was an incredible opportunity to study with this master pastelist who was also be our Judge of Awards for our annual national exhibition, For Pastels Only on Cape Cod 2015. Tony's bold and direct painting style is nothing short of brilliance.



Two "The Pastel Landscape Simplified" workshops were held on June 17-19, 2014 and June 22-23, 2014 at the East Sandwich Grange Hall, East Sandwich, MA Painting the landscape can be overwhelming. Regardless of skill level or years of experience, most every artist still looks at that blank surface at the start of a painting and feels a bit of anxiety and panic, wondering “where do I start?” and “how do I simplify all those details I see in the landscape without painting EVERYTHING?” In this studio workshop, we covered some methods and techniques that will help you simplify your approach to landscape painting, especially in the beginning stages. The exercises we covered included block-in techniques and using a "minimal stroke" approach. Each day of the workshop began with a demonstration followed by plenty of individual help at the easel for the remainder of each day. In addition to headlining PPSCC's Master Workshop, Barbara served as a juror of selection for our anniual national juried exhibition, For Pastels Only on Cape Cod 2014 as well as the show's judge of awards.