ONLINE: Figures in the Landscape – Pastel Painting with Betsy Payne Cook


  • $140.00  -  Non-member
  • $125.00  -  Member


Five Tuesdays, beginning March 2
from 2-4:30pm


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

Your class confirmation email will contain the Zoom class link.

This class is not a figure painting class but one in which figures act as supporting elements in the landscape. We will work on proportions of figures (human and animal) and explore expressive ways to suggest but not detail figures in the landscape. As a carry over to the previous session on painting structures in the landscape, students will develop an eye for the composition, value/notans, and color, using the figurative component to enhance the painting.

Class will focus on simplifying figures, choosing vantage points, and using other design elements. Demonstrations, direct instruction, and paint time will all be part of the class. Students will also use wet underpainting with either pastel and alcohol/water or paints such as gouache, watercolor, acrylic inks. Ideas for reference photographs include images in which the figure is silhouetted or backlit and multiple figures that create a mass of shapes. The instructor will provide a photo reference each week, to be used for practice only.


Sketchbook, pencil, pen, charcoal, a ruler, black marker and rubbing alcohol ( or water if you cannot find any rubbing alcohol).

Selection of hard and soft pastels –contact Betsy if you have questions

Preference for sanded pastel paper such as UArt, Pastelmat, Pastel Premier or Art Spectrum. If you cannot purchase sanded papers, Canson MiTeines is a good alternative.

Backing board to tape your pastel paper to for support.

Easel or slanted surface - working in an upright angle reduces the collection of pastel dust on the painting surface

Paints optional: gouache, acrylic inks, watercolor

Variety of brushes, minimum required is 1” flat

Landscape photographs, preferably in both print and digital forms. You will email digital image to Betsy.

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 the distribution of the recording.


Betsy Payne Cook paints exclusively with pastels, and is honored to be a juried artist member of the Pastel Society of America and to have achieved signature membership status with the Pastel Painters Society of Cape Cod (PPSCC) and the Connecticut Pastel Society ( CPS). Betsy is acknowledged as a juried Master Artist at the Cape Cod Art Association. She participates in local and national juried exhibitions, and is a frequent guest artist at Woodruff’s Art Center in Mashpee. Her pastel paintings have been exhibited in many competitive regional and national juried exhibitions having won numerous awards including Best of Show for the Pastel Painters Society of Cape Cod in 2013. Betsy. She is a member of several art organizations and pastel societies, including the Cape Cod plein air painters.

Betsy records her thoughts and experiences as an artist in her newsletter and blog “Painting In and Out” sharing snippets of her life in the studio and painting outdoors ( plein air). Betsy teaches pastel and plein air workshops and classes, and is on the faculty of the Falmouth Arts Center and the Cultural Center of Cape Cod; and is a guest instructor /demonstrator for regional organizations and societies. Betsy enjoys planning plein air painting workshops and retreats, in 2017 artists went to Wales Great Britain but her 2020 retreat in Italy was postponed.

Betsy attended the College of St. Rose in her hometown of Albany, N.Y, earning a B.S. Art Education & a M.S. Special Education. Cape Cod was always a family favorite for a week’s vacation, or a weekend; and she made it her home in 1994 when she returned to the states after living in a small village in Wales, Great Britain for nine years.

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Instagram: cook.betsypayne

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