ONLINE-The Mystique of Night: Pastel Painting, with Betsy Payne Cook


  • $110.00  -  Non-member
  • $100.00  -  Member


Four Tuesdays, beginning October 6
from 2-4:30pm


This class meets online on Zoom beginning at 2pm on Tuesday, October 6.

Your class confirmation email will contain the Zoom class link. 

Let’s paint what happens after the sun goes down and the landscape is lit by the remnants of natural light and the onset of man-made light. Students will complete value sketches, create a notan to lay out the foundation of the nocturne, and plan the pops of color so there is a glow in the night. Lessons will include demos and exercises to develop value and color. In this online class, students will learn various techniques with soft pastel (no oil pastels) such as types of linear mark making, ways to achieve the look of blending, fun special effects. They will also learn ways to identify the value of a color and how to use this in a painting. Betsy Payne Cook will instruct, prepare students for independent engagement following the class, and provide feedback on student work. This class is for beginners, refreshers, and intermediate students.


-Sanded pastel papers that are light values ( such as Art Specturm, UArt, Pastelmat and Pastel Premier). Canson or pastel paper for preliminary work.

-A selection of both hard and soft pastels. Have some intense colors both light and dark values, and a variety of dark muted colors.

-Paint to tone parts of the sanded surface. Black or dark colors: acrylic, ink, acrylic inks, gouache. You can also choose to use pastel and alcohol to tone.

-Brushes: for applying your ink or paint

-Drawing tools: sketchpad, drawing tools, black marker, ruler, kneaded eraser

-Time photos: Dusk is a great time to take photos. Look for scenes with contrast: the glow of lights, lit surfaces, images disappearing into the shadows, light reflection in water/puddles. I would suggest that you print on photo quality paper to ensure good reproduction. I can provide photos if needed.

Email Betsy with any questions before or after class at

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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