Learn how to work with color, composition, rendering techniques, and special subject matter, from beginning to advanced levels. You'll enjoy yourself and improve your soft pastel skills with Liz's unique point of view.


Upcoming Workshops

I teach workshops tailored to your group's experience levels, demonstrate each day and give you one-on-one attention. I like to set up a challenge, go into the basic principles involved in the process, and ask you to apply them to your work. Students say my workshops allow them to stretch beyond their normal comfort zone.

To schedule a workshop for your group, please contact me at or 602-224-6103.

3 Hour Classes

Liz teaches classes at Scottsdale Artists' School on an on-going basis. Classes listed below. Please check with Scottsdale Artists' School for the latest information or to register.

Suface and Color

April 19-May 20, 2018

Thursday afternoons 1—4 pm

Pastel, all levels

Participants will be painting impressionistic images of shiny ceramics with colorful fruit and pastries while learning to layer soft pastels until the color is rich and illuminated. We'll keep the subject matter simple, allowing you to concentrate on technique. Edge work, composition, rich texture and color impact are some of the skills students will practice in class and at home. All levels will be involved with glazing, blending and layering to build tone and strengthen value recognition. Printed still life references will be furnished. Liz will give daily demonstrations and informative critiques.

To register visit Scottsdale Artists' School: 3720 North Marshall Way, Scottsdale, AZ 85251. Please see the school's website or call 480-990-1422 for more information and registration:

Liz can create a presentation or perform demonstrations of soft pastel painting for your group.

Demonstrations show how the soft pastel medium works using various techniques and tools that help to arrive at color and value choices.

I offer anecdotes that encourage you to be more observant of the environment and what we actually see in our daily lives.

I show how to achieve opaque vs transparency as well as creating vibrancy and rich textures.

Presentations are more of a discussion and group participation of the same principles listed above.

To schedule a Presentation or Demonstration, please contact me at or 602-224-6103.