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Stan Sperlak Workshop

Oct 25-28, 2018   $400 CAD










Take an Art Adventure

Stan's workshops have been called Art Adventures. Students from beginner to advanced are sure to find many new ways to expand their creative abilities through the use of pastel and Stan's constant guidance.

Stan believes in working from life first, and understands the artists need to also work in the studio. Here he excels in teaching students how to see, analyze and re-interpret a scene, how to bring from within yourself paintings that reflect your emotion and connection to your subject and produce believable images. Stan constantly weaves lessons from life, history and nature into all his critiques and lectures. You will come away from the workshop with a new appreciation of the world around you!

Once fundamentals are covered, the class often covers experimental grounds, tools, abstract color and simplification of the scene. But most importantly, Stan shows you all of the methods he has perfected in manipulating pastel to be one of the most exciting mediums an artist can use. 

His demos are fast and accurate "studies" that will teach you about working within your instincts. Almost never taking his eyes off the subject he will capture the spirit and sense of day within moments. Of course there are times to paint with more control, but many students find that working this way has vastly improved their abilities to be more exciting and original.

About Stan

Stan Sperlak is a signature member of the Pastel Society of America, the Maryland Pastel Society and a former director of the Mid Atlantic Plein Air Painters. His work has appeared in numerous books on painting, The Pastel Journal, The Artists Magazine and he recently authored "The View From My Easel". He has been featured in New Jersey Network TV series on Artists. Sperlak studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and with Patricia Witt of the Barn Studio of Art. The workshops are based out of Stan's farm in Goshen, NJ.

Materials List: will be posted once finalized



Huff Estates Winery & Inn
PO Box 300, 2274 Prince Edward County Rd 1,
Bloomfield, ON K0K 1G0
(613) 393-1414
Toll Free: 866-484-4667
Mention that you are part of the the "Pastel Art Group"  Room rates are $179 CAD per night and include breakfast (rate excludes taxes). Workshop rooms are held until 60 days before the event so please reserve rooms early

Workshop timing: 

Th: Demo and wine and cheese reception 7- 9 pm Fri, Sat and Sun:  9:30-12:00,  1:00 - 4:00 pm    We recommend that you book at least 3 nights accommodation (Th, Fri, Sat nights)




Prince Edward County is a day trip from Toronto, Montreal or Ottawa, it is known for the famous Sandbanks beach and is popular with foodies, history buffs, nature lovers and boaters. So if you want to bring along a friend or significant other, there will be lots for them to see and do while you are in your pastel workshop.huffs-the-winery.jpg

The Inn at Huff Estates is an elegant country accommodation home to 21 rooms. The Inn is located adjacent to Huff Estates Winery, Oeno Gallery, sculpture garden and workshop area, all nestled amongst the vines.

 Registration and Payment

Stan Sperlak Workshop Cost: $400 CAD


Waiting list is now full as well.



Accommodation reservations or cancellations will need to be managed by you and the Inn.


If PAC has to cancel this workshop for any reason, PAC will refund your workshop fee in full. 

If you tell us before September 26/18 that you have to cancel a workshop for which you are registered, we will try to resell your spot.  If we succeed, we will refund your fee less an admin charge of $10. If we are unable to resell your spot, there will be no refund.  No refunds for cancellations we receive after September 26, 2018.



ICAN Workshops and Demonstrations:

  • Roberta Combs; Don't be Afraid of the Dark, Portrait Features, Moving Forward-Assessing Your Artistic Self
  • Margaret Ferraro; The Charm of Miniature Pastels, Pastel Inspiration
  • Suzanne Godbout; Painting Gray Metals, Colour Carries Emotion
  • Kathy Hildebrandt; No, It's not a Photo,The Devil's in the Detail
  • Joan Larson; Animals in Pastel
  • Jessica Masters; Bring out your Focal Point with Colour Contrast Strategies, Pastel Painting with Spectras Fix and Acrylic Inks, Make your Own Pastel Paper
  • Andrew McDermott; Painting a Master Work, Speedy McDraw
  • Robin Sheard Nyikos; One Approach
  • Karin Richter; Make colours Sing, Back Alleys, Floral Scene
  • Gail Sibley; Better Drawing for Better Painting, Make instagram work for you, Moving Towards Abstraction
  • Gary Smith; Urban Scenes, Nude Figure Drawing


Marla Baggetta Workshop -"Loosen Up Intensive" 

Richard McKinley - 3 Day Workshop


ICAN Workshops and Demonstrations:

  • Dave Beckett; Painting Land and Sea
  • Trish Acres; Setting the Stage for a Great Still Life
  • Christine Camilleri; Creative Compositions
  • Margaret Ferraro; Travel Painting
  • Jessica Masters; Painting Wave
  • Andrew McDermott; Painting the City at Night
  • Kim Martin; Eyes, Snouts, and Fur
  • Gail Sibley; Painting with a Limited Palette
  • Sharon Fox Cranston; Loose Acrylic Underpaintings for Pastel
  • Marie-Helene Auclair; Painting Children
  • Clarence Porter; Painting the City
  • Christine Camilleri; Let's Boss Around Colour!
  • Andrew McDermott; How to Create Lush Colour Studies
  • Joan Larson; An Artist's Journey with the Wild Horses of Sable Island
  • Roberta Combs; Still Life with Reflective Objects
  • Roberta Combs; Portrait Painting
  • Joan Larson; Equine Art
  • Karin Richter; Luscious Soft Pastels on Suedeboard
  • Kim Martin; Survival Skills for the Commissioned Artist
  • Jessica Masters; Painting Figures on the Beach
  • Margaret Ferraro; Pastel and the Figure
  • Gail Sibley; The Art Business in a Multimedia Market
  • Lise King; Techniques on UART
  • Gail Sibley; Getting to the Bottom of Values


Michael Chesley Johnson -Plein-Air Workshop
Lyn Asselta - Studio/Plein-Air Workshop

Casey Klahn - The Colorist

Richard McKinley - Plein Air Workshop
Teresa Saia - Workshop in Ontario

Liz Haywood-Sullivan -The Pastel Landscape: In the Studio and On  

Katherine Hurley -  Landscape
Margaret Dyer - Figure
Aili Kurtis - Abstract in the Landscape

Sally Strand - Color of Light

Glenn Bernabe - Portrait

PAC Symposium - Megan Williams, Tim Daniels, Michael Chesley Johnson, Margaret Ferraro, Brittani Faulkes

Richard McKinley - Plein air 

Megan Williams - Figure
Sally Jackson PAC -Abstract
Andrew McDermott - City/Landscape

Duane Wakeham - Landscape

Sally Jackson - Abstract 

Pam Carter - Still Life
Sally Jackson - Abstract
Claire Schroeven Verbiest - Landscape

Margaret Evans - Plein Air
Margaret Evans - Plein Air 

Richard McDaniel - Plein Air
Wendy Trethwey - Portraits
Ursula Reese - Materials/Techniques

Joseph Cullen - Plein Air
Margaret Evans - Plein Air  

Joseph Cullen - Plein Air
Claire Schroeven Verbiest

Joy Orzy - Clothed Figure
Joy Orzy - Still Life
Ann Kelly Walsh - Beginning Pastel
Andrea Ross - Pastel for Beginners
Enid Reed - Portraits   

Maria Marynia
Enid Reed - Portraits
Urania Christy Tarbet

Jan Yates - Exploring Pastel
Maria Maryniak
Enid Reed - Portraits
Urania Christy Tarbet

Ursula Reese - Miniatures
Carol Segal - Figure & Still Life

Mary Ostund
Maria Maryniak - Colour 

Dave Beckett - Landscapes 

Karin Kulyk - Still Life
Joy Orzy - Clothed Figure

Enid Reed - Portraits
Maria Gabankova - Clothed Life
Karin Kulyk - Still Life

Maria Gabankova - Clothed Life 








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