Susan Kuznitsky

Painting the Autumn Colors in Pastels

October 10-15, 2021 (Four Teaching Days)

Pastels are a wonderful medium for capturing the colors of Autumn. Follow Susan's step-by-step approach from the underpainting to the finished piece. Several different underpainting techniques will be demonstrated along with plenty of individual attention at the easel. Learn how make good choices on composition and color when working from a photo reference to create powerful, emotional pastel paintings. You will have the option of painting along using the same photo reference as Susan. This step-by-step method will provide an organized framework for your future pastel paintings taking the mystery out of where to start, what type of pastels to use, tting, we will venture outdoors to sketch and do some color studies. All levels are welcome. This workshop will be packed with information and fun!


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“I was lucky that my mother noticed my interest in art way back in high school and signed me up at a local art studio in the north suburbs of Chicago where I grew up. The owner and teacher was the late Joe Abbrecia. It was a traditional art education, working from plaster casts in charcoal and moving on to oils and watercolors. He guided me to continue my education at the American Academy of Art in Chicago. Fresh out of art school I worked as a freelance portrait artist for a well-known Chicago chain of department stores. I didn’t know it then but for the next 4 years I got the best on the job training one could get drawing 25-minute portraits. All ages, all types! During my time at art school I had the advantage of access to the Art Institute. I was always drawn to the impressionist pastel paintings. There was really no one teaching pastels at this time in the area, so I made the journey to Woodstock, NY to study with master pastellist Albert Handell. I became his studio assistant for the next 2 years. Mr. Handell not only opened the world of pastels to me, but world have me follow him from easel to easel during the workshops to listen to students’ questions. Watching his ‘hands on’ approach to teaching continues to influence my teaching today. Back in Chicago I opened my own studio and began teaching locally and nationally. During this time, I began painting at the Palette and Chisel Academy of Fine Art with another master painter, Richard Schmid. In the early 1990’s I moved to my current home in Portland, Oregon where I continue to teach locally. The following years as a wife and mother continued to fuel my passion to paint and teach. With children grown I am back to full time art, painting, travelling, and sharing what I have learned from the amazing teachers I have been honored to learn from.” - Susan Kuznitsky


  • Northwest Pastel Society, signature member
  • Pastel Society of the West Coast, signature member
  • Chicago Pastel Painters, founder and honorary member
  • Pastel Society of America
  • International Association of Pastel Societies (IAPS), master pastellist


This is a Studio and Plein Air Workshop. (Weather permiting for color studies and sketching)
Something for All Levels.

Workshop Fee plus tax per student:
If 12 or more students attend class (all teaching days): $470
If 11-10 students attend class (all teaching days): $530
If 9-8 students attend class (all teaching days): $625
If 7-6 students attend class (all teaching days): $780
Room & One Dinner Fee plus tax: $450
(There are 5 nights' accommodations included in the "Room & One Dinner Fee" listed above.)
Cancellation Policy, Class Fees and Tiered Pricing Explained
A partial tuition scholarship is offered
Workshop Itinerary


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Workshop Itinerary

Sunday, October 10
Check-In to your unit at Dillman’s (check-in time is 3:00)
5:00 Welcome Reception (included in package)
6:00 Dinner at Dillman's (included in Room and Meal Package. $25 additional for day students.)

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday - October 11-14
Breakfast On Own
9:00 a.m. - Noon Class in Session
Lunch On Own

Meals are on your own. All accommodations have cooking facilities. You may preorder box lunches and dinners for meals to be taken alone or with your group in: your studio, the lodge deck, cafe, or your accommodation. (Pre-ordering for lunches and dinners is required.)

1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Class in Session

Thursday, October 14
NOON Farewell Champagne Toast (included in package)

Friday, September 15
Depart - check-out time is 10:00

Optional Events - Sign Up Required / Subject to Change:
    Monday 5:00 p.m. Dine-Around Dinner (Depart from Lodge Lobby)
    Monday 7:00 p.m. S'more Roast (no charge)

    Tuesday 8:00 a.m. Yoga
    Tuesday 5:00 p.m. Dine-Around Dinner (Depart from Lodge Lobby)

    Wednesday Noon & 4:00 p.m. Pontoon Ride on White Sand Lake (no charge)
    Wednesday 5:00 p.m. Moondeer & Friends Gallery Tour (no charge)
    Wednesday 6:00 p.m. Dine-Around Dinner

    Thursday 5:00 p.m. Dine-Around Dinner (Depart from Lodge Lobby)

Dine-Around Dinners: Registration required at the front desk, meet at 5:00pm in the main lobby for carpooling.

Day students are welcome to attend the Welcome Reception and Farewell Reception (included in your package). You are also invited to join the class dinners (additional fee). PAL’s (Participants at large) can vacation at Dillman’s for $40 per night for accommodations. Costs for box lunches and dinners are additional.



2021 COVID Precautions 

It is impossible to assess the impact, if any, of COVID-19 for the upcoming 2021 season, but all artists should be prepared to abide by the following measures while attending workshops.

  1. Participants must fill out a quick health questionnaire to make sure they do not exhibit any symptoms.
  2. Masks are required to be worn while in classrooms and shared spaces.
  3. Participants must also wash hands or use hand sanitizer at the beginning of each class and often during class sessions.
  4. Participants are required to stay 6 feet apart for social distancing protocols.

A floor plan per each of our three studios has been created to ensure that the artist tables and lecture area will allow people to socially distance themselves a minimum of 6 feet. 
In lieu of crowding around the artist during demos, a desktop camera system and large format digital TV screens have been installed in each of the studios to allow students a close up view of demos.
We will be providing students with hand-sanitizer at their work stations. In addition, the studios will be closed for 1 hour in the late evenings for a daily UV sanitation and touch surface cleaning.

Visit our COVID-19 update page for more information...