ONLINE CLASS: Virtual Venice: Safe Travel Painting in Pastels

DATES: 07/16/2020 - 07/30/2020
PRICE: $150.00

Liz Haywood-Sullivan, PSA-MP, IAPS/MC, is a representational landscape artist painting in the pastel medium. In 1996, she left a career in design to follow her passion for the fine arts and since then has worked as a professional artist, art educator, and arts advocate. She is President Emerita of the International Association of Pastel Societies (2013-2017) where she managed 3 international conventions and 12 international exhibitions. Liz teaches nationally and internationally, and is a sought-after judge and demonstrator for pastel societies and arts organizations around the world.

Her paintings have won numerous awards and have been featured in local, national and museum shows, and are included in private and corporate collections worldwide. Her work is represented by Vose Galleries of Boston  ( and Cecil Byrne Gallery in Charleston, SC (

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Liz Haywood-Sullivan Artist’s Statement

All my life I have been an observer. Light is my muse and will stop me, literally in my tracks. Don’t drive too close behind me during the magic hour when the sun is setting! I am also drawn to the interplay of man in the environment, of man-made edges against the chaos and beguiling beauty of the natural form. My life’s work is to record these observations. So much of what catches my eye and imagination is ordinary and taken for granted. I truly believe that it is through the artist’s hand that the beauty of the world is revealed.

Teaching is a very important part of my being an artist. My teachers shared their wisdom with me, shaping and informing my artistic vision. Now, as I pass this wisdom on, I have discovered that my attempts to put into teachable words about what and how to paint have made me not
 only a better teacher but a better artist. What I love about teaching is that each day brings new challenges and new opportunities. Traveling with
 a workshop of artists allows for wonderful art moments beyond the daily painting sessions, be it in the evenings during casual conversation over a glass of wine or meal, or during a walk as day breaks. How fortunate are we to have the gift and the ability to express ourselves through our artwork?

This is a 3-part Pastels Workshop
Being in a new landscape can be stimulating and exciting! At the same time, it can make doing on-location painting a bit overwhelming with so much to see and take in. Travel with us virtually to Venice, Italy during this non-travel period and catch up on some expert tips to improve your future travel paintings.

Week One:

Choosing your Subject, Cropping, and Getting Started

How do you choose a scene to paint? In this first lesson I will show you how to choose your subject, how to select a good composition, and the first steps in getting your painting started.

  • I will be provide you with three images of Venice, Italy for you to chose from as your reference subject.
  • A pastel demo will go from first sketches through a value underpainting.
  • Answer your questions.

Homework: Choose one of the three images and do preliminary compositional sketches to choose your composition. Put your chosen sketch on your paper and complete the underpainting. Stop.

Upload: email me a photograph of your underpainting.  Paintings will be discussed in order that I receive them.

Week Two:

Developing Your Painting

  • We will begin with a group review of all the underpaintings.
  • I will return to my painting to take it to the next levels.
    • Correct any underpainting flaws, then select and develop colors and value shapes.
    • Take the painting close to finish.
  • Answer your questions.

Homework: Develop your painting through to finish.

Upload:  email me a photograph of your finished painting. Paintings will be critiqued in order that I receive them.

Week Three:

Finishing Touches

  • This week will begin with the finish of my demo.
    • I will show you how I handle finishing touches, and discuss when to decide a painting is complete.
    • We will then do a final group critique of all your paintings.

Class Dates: Thursdays,  July 16, 23 and 30

Time:  12pm (noon) EST (That is 11am Central time, 10am Mountain time and 9am Pacific time; 5pm in Britain and 6pm in Europe)

Class Length:  2 hours

Price:  $150 for 3 sessions

This class is online.  You can enjoy it from your own home using your laptop, iPad or smartphone.

Once you register, we’ll send you a Zoom link to join the class on the specific day, at the appointed hour.

You don’t need a Zoom account.  Just click the link and you will be admitted.

We will send you the zoom invitation once you register for the class.

Please log in a few minutes early to greet the others and to get situated.