ONLINE-Beginner Pastel Workshop with Betsy Payne Cook


  • $35.00  -  Non-member
  • $30.00  -  Member


Thursday, August 6
from 9am-noon


This class meets online on Zoom beginning at 9am on Thursday, August 6.

Your class confirmation email will contain the Zoom class link. 

Explore the versatility of painting with pastels. Ideal for beginners or artists looking for a refresher. Through demonstrations and exercises/studies, participants will become familiar with pastel techniques using hard and soft pastels and will experiment with layering using color/value choices. Workshop participants will create a resource of samples and small studies before working on a painting. Photo references will be provided, but students should feel free to bring their own photographs. Zoom format will provide opportunity for students to view Betsy’s easel up close while she demonstrates techniques and fundamentals. Betsy will be happy to take questions while she works, and she will guide students on how to use Zoom if they are unfamiliar with the platform.


Sketch pad, pencils & charcoal.
Photo references if you don’t want to use what I provide
Foamcore board or similar heavy weight board for mounting pastel papers

1 inch flat inexpensive soft bristle brush

One rounded hard bristle brush
Apron or old shirt

An easel if you have one.

Soft pastels- If you are interested in purchasing soft pastels please get in touch and I will give you some suggestions.
You will be able to take this class with only hard pastels
Hard Pastels – NuPastel or Rembrandt pastels
No oil pastels- totally different medium.

Papers: I will provide papers so you can compare surfaces.
$8 packet contains 3 papers 8x10 -9x12 (Canson, UART and Colourfix)
Contact the Cultural Center to arrange pick up or mailing
If you decide to buy your own please buy
Canson MiTienes pastel paper is good for our exercises and studies. – suggest mid-tone neutral color. My favorite is Moonstone, a warm grey. We can tone paper so if you have white or buff that will be ok
UArt sanded paper comes in different grades of tooth/texture similar to sandpaper. 200 is rough, 800 is fine. They sell sampler packs with a variety of or you can buy a pad of 400 or 500 for a medium tooth surface.
Feel free to bring any other pastel sanded surfaces: Pastel mat, Pastel Premier, Colourfix

Any questions contact


You will need to be sure the Zoom app is installed on your device. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing a secure link to join the class.

You will be able to login 15 minutes before the class start time. We recommend logging in before the class starts to make sure you are settled in and ready to go when the class is set to begin.

If you are new to Zoom, please note that we will not be able to help with the app. It is strongly recommended that you navigate Zoom on your own before the class starts to get to know the mute and video settings. Try it out by talking with a friend or family member who has the Zoom app. The Cultural Center uses Zoom to conduct online classes, and I understand that the Zoom meeting will be recorded. By participating in the class, I consent to be recorded and place no restrictions on distribution of the recording.


Betsy Payne Cook paints exclusively with pastels, and is honored to be elected as a Juried Associate Member of the Pastel Society of America and to have achieved signature membership status in the Pastel Painters Society of Cape Cod. Betsy is also acknowledged as a Juried Master Artist at the Cape Cod Art Association. Betsy’s paintings depict her impressions of the landscape and its abundance of colors. She paints both en plein air and in her studio; and conveys her love of the outdoors in each painting. Betsy publishes a newsletter and a blog both titled “Painting In and Out”, sharing her thoughts on her life as an artist.
Betsy’s pastel paintings are represented by Gallery Artrio at 50 Pearl Street in Hyannis. The gallery provides visitors an opportunity to visit the working studio; and invites you to attend the special events that are scheduled throughout the year. Betsy’s work can also be viewed at various local venues including Cape Cod Art Association, Creative Arts Center in Chatham, Falmouth Arts Center, Marion Arts Center and Woodruff Art Gallery in Mashpee Commons.
Betsy participates in local and national juried exhibitions, and has won numerous awards for her pastel paintings. Her painting “Cold Night Out” was awarded Best in Show at the “For Pastels Only on Cape Cod 2013” National Juried Exhibition. Her pastels have also been accepted into both the Pastel Society of America’s National Exhibition and the International Association of Pastel Societies Exhibition. She is a member of several art organizations, is a past vice president Pastel Painters Society of Cape Cod and continues to be active with the organization. Betsy began teaching at the Cultural Center of Cape Cod in the summer of 2015.
Betsy attended the College of Saint Rose in her hometown of Albany, New York; earning a Bachelor of Science in Art Education and a Masters of Science in Special Education. She taught both art and special education in the tri-city area for several years before moving to Great Britain. Betsy enjoyed the nine years she lived in a small village in Wales; and is fortunate to be able to return to travel and visit her friends and family. Cape Cod was always a family favorite for vacations and she made it her home in 1994.
Visit Betsy’s website at




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