In conjunction with our international juried exhibition, PSME offers an educational workshop taught by nationally recognized pastel artists. Due to the popularity of these instructors, students are required to register in advance for the workshop. These workshops provide artists with the opportunity to enhance their skill level in the medium of pastel. Most workshops are suitable for artists of all skill levels to participate. Workshops are a great way to meet new people who share an appreciation of the pastel medium while learning new techniques from a talented and admired instructor. Depending on the preference of the instructor and type of workshop being offered, workshops are held at differing locations throughout Maine. For more information, contact the PSME Workshop Coordinator by completing the inquiry form on the CONTACT PSME page.

 Richard McKinley   "Evening Glow"  

Richard McKinley  "Evening Glow" 

Richard McKinley Workshops  

Pastel Society of Maine 2018 Fall Workshops with PSA Master Pastelist and Hall of Fame Honoree 

(2 workshops below)

Expressing Your Artistic Intent in Landscape Painting

3-day Workshop  

October 3-5, 2018   

Chocolate Church, Bath, ME

This plein air and studio workshop will focus on orchestrating visual design elements of composition, value, and color with authority, as a means of adding personal feeling to landscape subject matter.  Daily demonstrations, ample individual attention at the easel, and classroom discussions, will foster a clearer understanding of the universal basics of painting. Richard has a wealth of information to share. He is a dedicated instructor, tireless in the pursuit of excellence in pastel.

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Richard is a widely recognized, published pastel artist and teacher, who currently serves as President of the International Association of Pastel Societies.


 Richard McKinley   "Marshland Rain"

Richard McKinley  "Marshland Rain"


Elements of Visual Design and Color To Produce Strong Paintings

2-day Workshop  

October 7-8, 2018  

Chocolate Church, Bath, ME

Taking the Pastel Landscape, from field-sketch to studio interpretation. Richard McKinley demonstrates fundamentals that produce a successful location fieldsketch painting, and how to use mixed-media underpainting techniques in the studio to add excitement. Through individual attention, group critiques, and class discussions you will gain understanding of the universal basics of landscape painting and the unique possibilities pastel has to offer. Having dedicated over forty years to teaching, Richard has a wealth of information to share. He is tireless in sharing it; his intensity, focus and energy are legendary. 

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Register Early!

Enrollment is limited to 15 persons per workshop. This will fill quickly, so we will maintain a waitlist. Deposit is necessary to hold your place on the wait list. Registration forms and cancellation/refund policy are available on the PSME website:

For more information contact: Mary Beth Morrison

Claudette Gamache