2019 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!

Loosen Up + Expand Mainstream Art Center
April 26-28, 2019
Lake Zurich, Illinois

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 + Expand Mid-Atlantic Pastel Society
May 3-5, 2019
Richmond, Virginia

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/Country + City
July 19-21, 2019
Portland, Oregon

Plein air painting can be intimidating and over-whelming. But, 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 paint in three locations: river views, community gardens and downtown cityscape. Price: $375

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!