Introducing Sunsets in Pastel

An Online Course for All Artists
with Marla Baggetta

Sunsets have captured the imagination of artists for centuries. They’re emblematic of romance and put the astonishing beauty of nature on full display. They offer us the perfect opportunity for honing our painting skills. With sunsets, we get to really learn about light and color while rekindling our inner sense of awe and whimsy.

Pastels give us bold, beautiful color at our fingertips so sunsets are the perfect subject for pastels. This workshop will provide you with a strong grasp of techniques that will make painting your favorite sunsets in pastel a joy! During this online workshop with over 7 hours of video and a 40-page illustrated study guide, we’ll follow the cycles of nature and give expression to emotions and feelings while respecting the principles we need to create works of art.

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Over 8 Hours of Video

We have worked hard to bring you high quality instructional videos that provides easy to follow, clear and detailed instruction.  You’ll have lifetime access to all the videos enabling you work at your own pace in the comfort of your own home from any device for a seamless and modern online experience.

Beautifully Illustrated PDF

Our 40+ page detailed coursework presents you with an illustrated guide to materials, theory and wisdom from an expert instructor and professional artist covering everything you need to get started with color mastery. Divided into 10 highly structured chapters, Marla will guide you through all of the necessary groundwork, reinforced with exciting exercises and step-by-step demonstrations, providing you a roadmap to becoming an accomplished painter.

Private Facebook Community

 You’ll also have access to a private Facebook group where you can share your progress, ask questions of Marla and a community of your fellow students who are also taking the course to keep you motivated and inspired along the way. 

Course Contents

Each chapter focuses on a fundamental of painting or Demo

Chapter 1:

During this workshop we’ll be turning up the volume on “WOW”! We’ll be busting out our most vibrant and saturated sticks of pastel, dipping into corners that we usually don’t dare to go! What fun! Let your-self be in awe of those breathtaking sunsets. Keep your fascination high and your frustration low!

Chapter 2:

A bit of study will be helpful in creating more
convincing paintings that combine realism and a
personal artistic vision. John F. Carlson described
aerial perspective as the third dimension; the
primary means of creating a sense of space in an
otherwise two dimensional plane. Applying a bit
of knowledge of aerial perspective, some study of
how light scatters, how reflections behave and how clouds are structured all lend
authenticity to a painting.

Chapter 3:
High Desert Glow

We start with a little vocabulary, simple definitions and examples to illustrate the key factors about color. There are three aspects responsible for a colors appearance; value, hue and saturation.

Chapter 4:
Summer Sunset

It’s easy to get the sky too dark and turn the clouds to mud if you don’t know how to go about layering your pastels. This lesson demonstrates the proven steps on how to knit the sky and clouds together to create a luminous and atmospheric pastel painting of clouds!

Chapter 5:
Evening Reflections

This peaceful and beautiful scene is a simple composition yet has quite a bit of complexity for the artist to delve into. The sky has beautiful subtle shifts of color and value. The edge of the lake with the shimmering lights and little structures are challenging but will add an element of humanity and nostalgia. The reflections will play a leading role in this scene, so depicting them simply and accuratey will strengthen the overall impression.

Chapter 6:
Purple Twilight

This glowing, tranquil scene relies on the soft gradations and the subtle value shifts in the low end of the value scale. I chose to edit out the foreground grass to maintain a simple, quiet feel to the entire scene. Preselect some color and test them out before you attempt the gradation.

Chapter 7:
Ocean Glow

This is what I think of in my minds eye when I think “sunset”! It’s both serene and awe inspiring. I tend to shy away from painting these types of scenes because my impression is that they are already so beautiful, there may be nothing for me to do! But since I’m always up for a challenge, we are going to tackle this gorgeous photo that my friend Roger Thompson Photography has provided for us

Chapter 8:
Coastal Sunset

Creating drama and mood in the landscape is very much a part of what motivates us to paint, but capturing these fleeting moments that we experience can be a big challenge. What’s more, they can come across as trite and amateurish if we’re not careful. In this lesson we will tackle a moody panoramic sunset.

Chapter 9:
Milky Way

Once we have some tools at our disposal we can begin to push the limits of those tools and use them in more expressive ways.  I’m constantly pushing the boundaries of my palette and asking myself “what if?” This is where we can build a bridge between our knowledge and our emotions. We can use flashy and sultry hues. We can use color in a realistic or symbolic fashion. We can push color and even invent it. 

Chapter 10:

What’s next? There’s plenty more to explore! Going beyond structured color, surfaces application, color interaction, working from color studies, lessons from master colorists and much, much more. Color is such a beautiful and mysterious part of painting that never ceases to surprise and fascinate me. I hope you’ll join me next time as we continue the journey into color together! I’ve included a variety of resources that I think are amazing! I’ve also put together an illustrated glossary of terms that is both beautiful and useful.

Sunsets in Pastel!

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Beautifully Designed Study Guide

40+ pages of in-depth content

In Depth Theory and Guidance

Marla isolates the complex principles of painting and investigates them practically and simply so any student can comprehend and execute even the most difficult problems. Moving from simple to more involved concepts, each lesson builds on the previous so you’ll gain a sound foundation to further your study and practice of painting.

Step by Step Guided Demonstrations

Marla guides you through the time-tested fundamentals step by step, stroke by stroke from the very beginning stages of a painting to the finish line in a logical and enjoyable path. Marla  stresses the need to develop your own judgement and individual voice as an artist.

A Lifetime of Painting Experience
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Over 30 years as a professional artist and teacher

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Marla has Hundreds of Satisfied Students

I was both stimulated and excited at the prospect of taking on a totally new medium. I adored the class work and the interaction with other students. I hope to take another class soon and I feel I have learned a great deal in”mark making” and with a new medium upon which to play. Thanks, Marla!

Donna, Santa Fe

World Class Video Instruction

Like having a teacher at the easel with you, no matter where you are

Fun and Easeful Instruction

With a lifetime of experience as an artist and educator, Marla brings an unparalleled combination of joy and wisdom directly to your home. We have worked hard to offer beautiful and clear video instruction, providing valuable education and insight, that will keep you inspired for months and even years.

Up Close and Personal at the Easel

Following along while learning has never been easier! The demonstration view shows the progress of each painting, the reference photo and thumbnail when appropriate, so you get to see how each piece is built from start to finish. Marla narrates her progress in real time as she is painting, so you won’t miss a thing!

Sunsets in Pastel! Only $127


Get started mastering Color  with this incredible Online Workshop!

Frequently Asked Questions

You need to log into the site to participate in the workshop so you will need an internet connection. Workshops and Subscriptions are accessible on iPads, tablets, computers, laptops and even phones – any device you can watch access the web on.

If you have any problems with playing a video or hearing a video, try these steps: 

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Sure, you can open a support ticket and we’ll help you right away. Just Email Suport  and we will reply within 24 hours! If we don’t know the answer to your question, we’ll ask Marla and she’ll reply as quickly as she can.

The workshop assignments are online accessible 24×7 – you can take the lessons any time you want. You are not required to complete the course in a specified amount of time. You get access to all the assignments in the workshop at once in a secure member’s area on PaintingLessonsWithMarla.com

When you register for the workshop, you’ll get a Student Account which gives you access to the My Courses area on the PaintingLessonsWithMarla.com website. Your Student Account will allow you take lessons and complete assignments any time you want.

You get lifetime access to the workshop and lessons you pay for so you can finish your painting any time.  It’s fun to keep up with your fellow artists and see how they are doing too but you can stop and come back to it any time, 24×7.  Assignment reminders are sent via email but you can complete them at your own pace – no problem at all! 

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Our Site has been carefully designed to be easy to follow. Our simple learning system tracks your progress and takes out the hassle, allowing you to focus on panting!

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