With 25 years of creating and teaching with pastels, this site is an outlet for my passion! There are courses you can take and many workshops you can attend. Please look around!

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Online Courses

These courses are available to you all day and everyday! Learn in the comfort (that may mean jammies and a glass of wine!) of your own home or even when you are travelling. I’m your guide and there is loads to learn when it comes to painting with pastels. 

Pastels 101

Master the skills it takes to develop your ability as an artist in soft pastel whether you’re an absolute beginner or have worked in pastels for some time.

$ 297 USD

Pastel Painting En Plein Air

There’s nothing quite like painting on location! JOIN ME as I take you step-by-step through the ins and outs of painting in pastel en plein air.

$ 97 USD

In-person Teaching

Online courses are great but live, face to face learning is AMAZING! Through workshops, retreats, and video calls, my  engaging, objective, teaching experience will get your art making to the next level. 


In person is always the most fun. And, the most enriching. Something about the body language, the conversation, you just learn more! 

Photo of the class with Gail
Painting an overcast day: The workshop group on our last night together. We are standing in the Plaça Reial in Barcelona. Joe, Steve, Sue, me, Margaret, and our lovely guide Natalia (arm extended).

Painting Retreats

Deeply meaningful scenery, creative peers, and spectacular local food and drink! With me as your guide we will explore the wonders a painting retreat provides.

Personalized Critiques & Mentoring

I love to share my expertise helping you improve your art and the confidence it takes to make it! When my schedule allows, I work with artists 1 on 1, on what you need. Drop me a line if you’re interested. We can meet to see if its a good fit. 

Painting Holiday workshop: Me demoing in studio. Thanks to photos by Elaine Benevides.

IGNITE! Membership

A mix of online instruction and live engaging learning, IGNITE! is a paid membership program at the Gail Sibley Art School.  Weekly there are new lessons, demos, critiques, while live events round out the experience with a variety of instruction, q & a  sessions, and much more.

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Guest Allison Krajcik takes on a journey from watercolour to pastel in her search to capture the inner glow of flowers and seed pods.

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Online Courses

Pastels 101

Use this link if you bought the course AFTER Sept 2022

Use this link if you bought the course BEFORE Sept 2022

Pastel Painting En Plein Air

Art Membership

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