Shows & Workshops

I offer pastel workshops periodically throughout the year. Check out my most recent offering to get an idea of what’s to come!

Soft Pastels: Out of the Boxmy pastels

1-day workshop at Forstall Art Center, Birmingham, AL

Offered last Spring on a Saturday, 10:00-4:00

$85, supplies needed, lunch included

Moving beyond the traditional light and smooth pastel drawings to vibrant, textured soft pastel paintings, you will discover a new side to working with soft pastels.

Join us Saturday, April 12 from 10:00-4:00, and learn how to beautifully layer soft pastels, achieving great results that will have people guessing your medium!

We will work on techniques for both large and miniature pastel paintings, creating two finished pieces.

With minimal supplies, this class is perfect for beginners and experienced pastelists. For best results with these techniques, high quality soft pastels and a textured surface are recommended.

Subject matter will be provided, but feel free to bring your own landscape references.

Recommended Supplies:

Charcoal pencil
Kneaded eraser

Minimum of 24 SOFT pastels (most highly recommended: Sennelier soft pastels, or a similar type)

11×14 Ampersand Pastelbord or 11×14 piece of Sennelier La Carte pastel card

4×4 – 5×7 Ampersand Pastelbord or piece of Sennelier La Carte pastel card

Visit Forstall’s site for more information:

Shows & Workshops

I regularly participate in area art shows, including the Moss Rock Festival, and all shows affiliated with the Birmingham Art Association and the Mountain Brook Art Association. As part of the Eclectic Art Social Club, my art colleagues and I put on several private shows each year, such as our Parkside Show, “Eclectic Cool: the Colors of Calm.” & our group show at Rojo.

After years of offering group pastel classes at Hobby Lobby and Forstall Art Center, I am currently only offering one-day workshops. (Ah, motherhood!)

Over the past few years, I have given workshops and demonstrations at the Hoover Public Library, the Birmingham Art Association, Forstall Art Center, and the Alabaster Senior Center.

Contact me today to check my availability for an upcoming Pastel Workshop!

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8 responses to Shows & Workshops

  1. Glenda Langston July 29, 2013 at 12:51 am

    Hello! I am interested in attending weekly pastel classes. Please advise information on class schedule. I have some experience in pastels and watercolor.

    Thank you,

    • Mary Liz Ingram July 31, 2013 at 2:04 pm

      Hey Glenda! I do not have any scheduled pastel classes coming up, due to work & family, but will have more workshops in the future. I will put you on my class list, and let you know when they begin. Sorry there is nothing going on at the moment!

      • Hi, Mary Liz!!!
        My name is Betty, I’m fairly new to pastels and I’m searching, as is Glenda, for workshops and continuing classes. I live in Columbus, MS., but would be more than willing to commute to B’ham for workshops. Please add me to your list! Other than college coursework, there isn’t much available in this area.


        Betty Smith

        • Hi Betty! Thanks for commenting! I don’t have any workshops for adults scheduled at the moment, but I need to get on it! I will keep you on the list and will hopefully be offering something soon. I am teaching a course for kids over the next few weeks. Hope to meet you soon!
          Thanks, Mary Liz

  2. Hi, Mary LIz!!! I’m doing ok. The cotton gin came out reasonably well, for a rank amateur ! I discovered that I’d made a rather critical error in drawing and didn’t discover it till I was done. That’s ok. I’m going to put it down for a little while, so it doesn’t make me nuts, then I’ll go on and draw it correctly.

    Couldn’t sleep, so I’ve been up sketching hummingbirds. Hopefully, it won’t be too much longer before they’re back in my garden. We’ve had as many as 50 of them in the yard at a time. Much past that and you can’t really count the silly little things.

    I think I know what part of my problem is with the paintings, though. I’ve been watching a TON of youtube videos on pastels. I’ve really been laying the pastel on too thick to start with, instead of just barely touching pastel to paper. I am going to have to make myself slow down and just take my time. I really think that will help. It’s not uncommon for me to run out of tooth, even on sanded papers, so I’m doing something incorrectly. I love to read as well as watch the YouTube video pastel instruction, so I’m really trying to make sense of all of it. It’s a little overwhelming, to tell the truth! I’m not so much discouraged as just frustrated. I decided that I need an instructor, so I’ve signed up for art classes at the local craft store. Because I’ve been reading and practicing, when the instructor, Martha, gave me this very simple photo to draw, I completed it in a few minutes and then went out to the store, purchased some pastel boards, pastels, erasers, etc. and we spent the rest of the classtime doing pastels. I’m guessing that the hummingbirds would be a good medium for the hummers, but again, will likely draw the painting out a few times and then experiment with both. My art instructor, Martha, loves oil pastels. I think she had a blast with the soft pastels, too. I left them with her so she could play around with them before my next lesson.

    OK…. I’ve been up since the wee hours and I’ve got an appointment today, so I need to get some sleep.

    I enjoyed hearing from you!!!

    Betty Smith

    PS: Your little one is just absolutely the most handsome child! They are so sweet at that age!!

    Well, it’s

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