2019-2020 Live Workshops

Who Should Take One Of Marla’s Workshops?

Marla’s workshops are a great mix of the fundamental’s of painting, play and inspiration; perfect for the artist just venturing into painting or more experienced painters looking for a kick start to a new level. Marla is a generous teacher who gives real, actionable advice in a kind, compassionate manner. Marla is adept at working with each student right where they are on their journey of art making.

What Will You Learn?

Each of Marla’s workshops focus on specific fundamentals of painting while keeping a non-precious approach. Color theory, composition, perspective and more will be sprinkled in with the focus of the workshop. You will learn to:

  • Paint with more confidence
  • Move Beyond your reference
  • How to see value and color
  • Create dynamic compositions
  • Know when to stop!
  • And lots more!

Color Confidence, Pittsburgh Pastel Artist League
August 9-11, 2019
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

This workshop will concentrate on expanding your understanding of color. We will be spending three intensive days focused on learning the keys to having real control of color in your paintings! No more guessing! A combination of demos, lecture and exercises will bridge the gap between color theory and practical application to inspire confidence in your color choices! The exercises will be useful reference for continued study and play in the realm of color, allowing for true loosening up in your work! You’ll no longer be stuck with the color schemes in your reference.....be free to create!

Loosen Up + Expand, Central Pennsylvania Pastel Society
August 14-16, 2019
Lemont, Pennsylvania

This workshop will push you past your boundaries and expand your creative language. Emphasis will be on risk taking, abstract design and mark making. Learn to see like a poet, not a novelist and unlock your creative potential for a more pure and honest result as a painter! Beginner to advanced painters welcome!

Plein Air/Studio Italy
September 14-27, 2019
Florence, Italy

Marla's workshop will take place in the beautiful city of Florence, Italy. Florence has an abundance of subject matter to choose from - the Arno River, gardens or even a close-up of a flower filled window sill, there is something to enchant and inspire every artist! This workshop will be painting-centric but we’ll have plenty of time to relax and restore and absorb all of the art and inspiration that is Florence - an artist's dream city!

Loosen Up with Pastel - Museum of Texas Tech University
October 14-16, 2019
Lubbock, Texas

This workshop will push you past your boundaries and expand your creative language. Emphasis will be on risk taking, abstract design and mark making. Learn to see like a poet, not a novelist and unlock your creative potential for a more pure and honest result as a painter! Beginner to advanced painters welcome!​

Loosen Up! - Pastel Society of Central Florida
February 4-6, 2020
Leesburg, Florida

This workshop will push you past your boundaries and expand your creative language. Emphasis will be on risk taking, abstract design and mark making. Learn to see like a poet, not a novelist and unlock your creative potential for a more pure and honest result as a painter! Beginner to advanced painters welcome!​

Loosen Up! - Pastel Society of Central Florida
March 25-27, 2020
Boca Grande, Florida

This workshop will push you past your boundaries and expand your creative language. Emphasis will be on risk taking, abstract design and mark making. Learn to see like a poet, not a novelist and unlock your creative potential for a more pure and honest result as a painter! Beginner to advanced painters welcome!​

Trees, Skies, Water - Susan Porges Studio
May 16-18, 2020
Cleveland, Ohio

Each day will focus on a different subject. But be forewarned: you'll not be painting trees, sky or water, but rather "treeness", "skyness" and "waterness" How can you say it simply and effectively without saying everything? Poems not novels!.

Plein Air City + Country - Portland, Oregon
July 17 - 19, 2020
Portland, Oregon

Plein air painting can be intimidating and overwhelming. As painters we want be able to directly experience and respond to nature. This workshop will give you the tools and confidence to make it a rich and enjoyable part of your artistic journey. We’ll gather together, for an orientation then head to our first location. Each day will include a demonstration, one on one mentoring, a group critique and discussion of the principles of painting. Marla will work with each student to develop strong compositions before starting to paint. With the structure of your paintings in place, you will have freedom to loosen up and let your paintings unfold. This workshop will have a maximum of 18 participants. Tuition: $425.

Plein Air in Central Oregon
September 1-3, 2020
Bend, Oregon

Plein air painting can be intimidating and overwhelming. As painters we want be able to directly experience and respond to nature. This workshop will give you the tools and confidence to make it a rich and enjoyable part of your artistic journey. We’ll gather together, for an orientation then head to our first location. Each day will include a demonstration, one on one mentoring, a group critique and discussion of the principles of painting. Marla will work with each student to develop strong compositions before starting to paint. With the structure of your paintings in place, you will have freedom to loosen up and let your paintings unfold.

Loosen Up! - Pastel Society of Southern California
September 14-16, 2020
Redondo Beach, CA

This workshop will push you past your boundaries and expand your creative language. Emphasis will be on risk taking, abstract design and mark making. Learn to see like a poet, not a novelist and unlock your creative potential for a more pure and honest result as a painter! Beginner to advanced painters welcome!​​

Color Confidence - Connecticut Pastel Society
November 14-16, 2020
Bethel, CT

This workshop will concentrate on expanding your understanding of color. We will be spending three intensive days focused on learning the keys to having real control of color in your paintings! No more guessing! A combination of demos, lecture and exercises will bridge the gap between color theory and practical application to inspire confidence in your color choices! The exercises will be useful reference for continued study and play in the realm of color, allowing for true loosening up in your work! You’ll no longer be stuck with the color schemes in your reference.....be free to create!​

Loosen Up, Sperlak Pastel Workshops
November 20-22, 2020
Goshen, NJ

This workshop will push you past your boundaries and expand your creative language. Emphasis will be on risk taking, abstract design and mark making. Learn to see like a poet, not a novelist and unlock your creative potential for a more pure and honest result as a painter! Beginner to advanced painters welcome!