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​​Colette Odya Smith Workshop, Milwaukee, Wisconsin: November 22-23, 2014:

Colette Odya Smith is a member of WPA, and an accomplished pastel artist. She has had numerous shows and received many awards for her work, most recently a Master Pastellist designation in the le Societe des Pastellistes de France.  She has a Masters' Circle Designation with the International Association of Pastel Societies, is a Signature member of the Pastel Society of America, and is a Signature Member, Distinguished Pastellis, of the Pastel Society of New Mexico, 

The two-day workshop was held at Zion Lutheran Church in South Milwaukee.

During the workshop, Colette explained her technique of applying 

watercolor washes to the pastel paper first, in order to establish value and

color relationships, as a foundation to the final pastel application.

John Preston Workshop at Lion's Den Gorge: September 19-20, 2015

John lives in Fairfield, Iowa and has been painting the landscape since 1984. He especially enjoys painting the often dramatic weather we have in the Midwest, particularly far horizons and a sky filled with clouds. He "finds an idea in an image, rather than finding an image for an idea."

He has exhibited nationally and is in many public and private collections, including Iowa State University, John Deere and the Chicago Federal Reserve.

WPA artists gathered at Lion's Den Gorge in Grafton, Wisconsin for a two-day workshop.

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Rita Kirkman teaching at the Wisconsin Pastel Artists' workshop in July at Grafton High School. Attendees included 16 artists from all over Wisconsin, Illinois, Ohio, and even Canada. Rita is from Texas. We are so lucky to have her here!

And thank you, Marcia, for making all the arrangements.

Here are the happy attendees!

To contact Colette, 

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Colette is offering two workshops in 2017.  "The weeklong workshop in Croatia represents my first invitation to teach internationally and I’m very excited about it.  Everything points to a very well-run experience that is really a great all-things-taken-care-of vacation in a beautiful destination with the added focus of painting together and enjoying an intimate community of fellow artists sharing our adventure. The price is reasonable (starting at 1,490 Euros for the week) and includes land transportation, all chef-prepared meals, housing in a countryside villa with a pool, studio time and exploratory excursions including an optional day in Venice only 2 hours away by ferry!  If you’re still reading this and are tempted, check out the website and watch Rick Steve’s segment on the town of Rovinj which will be on our itinerary along with the video tour of the Istrian Peninsula and all the details. 

Preston beginning the workshop.

Go to this website for information on Croatia:


​​​​​​RITA KIRKMAN WORKSHOP - JULY 15-17, 2017