Margaret Dyer: The Figure in Pastels

June 14, 15 and 16, 2017


Students are taught a traditional pastel painting technique.  Working with a live model, students will explore drawing, composition, anatomy, proportion, value, color and pastel application.  Emphasis will be on developing form using light and shadow, using Margaret’s easy step-by-step method.


Three-Day Workshop Schedule

Day 1: Wednesday, June 14

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Introduction and demonstration from a live model by Margaret Dyer

10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Morning session with model

12:30 - 1:00 PM
Lunch break

1:00 - 4:00 PM
Afternoon session with model

Day 2 & 3: Thursday, June 15 & Friday, June 16

9:00 AM- 12:00PM
Morning session with model

12:00PM - 1:00 PM
Lunch break

1:00 – 4:00 PM
Afternoon session with model



This Workshop is limited to 18 students.


$485.00 for CPS Members
$510.00 for Non-Members
Tuition includes workshop, catered Continental breakfast and box lunches, and a ticket to the Artist Lecture by Alain J. Picard on June 15th, 2017 at 7:00PM.


Workshop attendees can choose to stay on campus in the fully furnished, air-conditioned Southwick Commons Townhomes College studios.They are two story, 2 bedroom, 2 bath units with full kitchen, garage and washer/dryer, and AC in each unit. Shared Occupancy (private bedroom & bathroom, shared common space, washer/dryer, and kitchen) is available at a cost of $125 per night or $500/four nights.
Private Occupancy (rental of a full townhouse) is available at a cost of $1,250/four nights. (Partners/family members welcome. Maximum of 4 people in a unit.)
Other housing is available at local Inns in range of $230/night.

Registration for Housing Opens January 15



Continental breakfast and box lunches served each day are included in tuition. Dinners are responsibility of attendee. There will be access to local markets and restaurants. As noted above, townhouses have kitchens.

Additional Details

Attendees can arrive anytime after 12 noon on Tuesday, June 13 with instruction to begin on Wednesday, June 14 for Margaret Dyer’s workshop or Thursday, June 15 for Alain Picards’s workshop. Check out after instruction ends on Friday, June 16 or no later than 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 17.

Materials List:

  • 2 pieces of sanded paper per day, middle tone please – think gray or olive green, not beige or buff.
  • Your choice of Sennelier La Carte, Wallis PastelBord, Art Spectrum or similar sanded pastel papers.  Size between 11 X 14 and 18 X 24.
  • Compressed charcoal, or dark NuPastel, black or brown.
  • Backboard and clips, foam core is cheap and lightweight for travelers.
  • Soft Pastels:  Sennelier, Rembrandt, Schmincke, Unison, Art Spectrum, Terry Ludwig.  The more the better.  Most students discover they are happier with a lot more color. Note:  Look at a color wheel, get a light, middle tone and dark of each color, plus black and white.  Yes, we use black!

Lyme Academy of Fine Arts offers a professional fully lighted studio space with easels, benches and tables, restrooms, dining facilities and on site security if you prefer to keep your pastels in the studio over night.