ONLINE: Creative Color- Light Infused Pastel Painting with Betsy Payne Cook


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


Four Tuesdays, beginning June 8
from 2-4:30pm


This class meets online on Zoom beginning at 2pm on Tuesday, June 8.

Your class confirmation email will contain the Zoom class link. 

Light up that landscape with color palettes that emphasize a flash or a flicker of light falling on objects, or maybe light so strong it appears to bleach out the color of objects. Participants will experiment with color palettes that emphasize a glow or sense of brightness. We will continue exploring the key attributes of color with focus on how to increase the feeling of highly lit areas in a painting. Instruction will include tips on how to include figures and buildings, preliminary value sketches, composition, and perspective. This class will also use underpainting techniques.



Sketchbook, pencil, pen, charcoal, a ruler, and rubbing alcohol ( or water).

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

Preference for sanded pastel paper such as UArt, Pastelmat, Pastel Premier,Lux 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

We will be doing underpainting: gouache, watercolor, or rubbing alcohol for use with pastels

Variety of brushes, minimum required is 1” flat


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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