Painting Workshops & Retreats
with Gail Sibley
17 - 27 March 2024
🌞 Gillian has done a tremendous job and at the moment we are sold out. If you’re interested you can get on the WAITLIST by emailing Gillian: info@Artable.com.au 🤞
Australia (Melbourne & Gold Coast)
2024 - To be determined
Since I’ve had a lot of interest to teach on mainland Australia and in New Zealand, Gillian offered to take on the job of organizing all that for me. Whew!! And I’ll be teaching TWO five-day workshops on mainland Australia (Gold Coast and Melbourne).
2024 - To be determined
Gillian and I are deep in organizing for me to teach a couple of workshops in New Zealand – YES!!! Can hardly wait! I’ll keep you posted!!
10-day workshop in November at the Villa Nobile in Tuscany. Still finalizing exact dates. The workshop will be a combo of sketching on location, pastel technique in the studio, and how to take your sketches and photos and create successful studio paintings.
France - Perigord Region
15-24 April 2025
🍷 The Perigord region of FRANCE!! The dates are set and the details should be available this weekend!!
2025 - To be determined
There’s a possibility of another trip in 2025 with Martine, the fab organizer of our Costa Rica Art Retreat. Let me know if you’re at all interested!!
Cornwall School of Art - 3-day workshop
3-5 July 2023
Introduction to painting en plein air painting with soft pastels. We will explore the process of painting on location, from how to choose what to paint, to simplifying the scene, to working up a thumbnail. From there you will block in the big shapes, and move towards a completed painting. Along with plein air work, there will be some in-studio practice which will include looking at pastel application and layering, making colour studies, and reviewing linear perspective. There will be plenty of one-on-one attention throughout the workshop.
14-22 June 2023
Painting en plein air is all about being in the moment, documenting the view, yes, but also capturing the feeling of being where you are. And this means letting go of perfection! This location is new to me so we will be discovering it together. I’ll be with you to guide you, one-on-one, through the ups and downs of painting on location. Sooo exciting!
ICAN (Pastel Artists Canada Bi-Annual Conference)
31 May - 4 June 2023
- a one-day workshop all about layering for luminous paintings
- a three-hour workshop on how to critique your own paintings
- a two-hour demo on colour studies
Pastel Live Online
18 - 20 August 2022
This online event was wonderful 4 day event that had many great pastel artists share thier knowledge. One of my sessions was on materials for pastel painting and the second session was a fantastic look at painting still life. It was a blast!
IAPS Convention - Albuquerque, New Mexico
Gail balances her art practice with creating content for her well-respected blog ‘HowToPastel’ and her online art membership IGNITE! She loves to travel and combines that with her love of teaching, offering workshops worldwide. Her pastels and accompanying instruction are featured in the book ‘Artist’s Drawing Techniques.’
During this 10-day workshop, our focus will be working from life. Much of our time together will be spent painting outdoors on location but since we are lucky enough to have a studio on site, we’ll also spend some time there too.
We’ll go through the process of creating a painting en plein air step-by-step, from choosing what you’re going to paint, to simplifying the scene, to drawing up a thumbnail (a getting-to-know-you tool which also shapes a value pattern for your painting as well as a good composition), to blocking in the big shapes as an
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