Member Programs & Workshops


The McDowell Art Center (Downstairs)

123 East McDowell Street, Matthews  28105

The Cornwell Center

2001 Selwyn Ave., Charlotte, NC  28207

In the Media Room

Demonstrations are from 10:00 am till noon, and are free to all PPS members and their guests. 

Mini-Workshops are in the same afternoon from 1:00 till 4:00, and are optional and for a fee.  Participants must register and pay on this website. Click on the event below to register.  Workshop information and supply lists may also be found under the event details.

Catered Lunch will be included in the price you pay for all mini and 3-day workshops.


Recommended Hotels for Out of Town Artists: (Be sure to call directly for updated rates)

Holiday Inn - 2.4 miles away from Matthews CC, $93.63 per night

Lemmond House Bed and Breakfast - approx. 100 yds. from Matthews CC $149.00 per night(negotiable)

Upcoming events

    • 26 Aug 2017
    • 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
    • 123 E. McDowell St., Matthews, NC 28105
    • 10

    • 02 Oct 2017
    • 7:30 AM
    • 04 Nov 2017
    • 5:00 PM
    • The Cornwell Center, 2001 Selwyn Ave., Charlotte NC 28207

    2017 Piedmont Pastel Society

     Member Calendar Show

    October 2 - November 4, 2017

    Nostalgic Picnic by Malia Bryngelson

    2016 Cover Winner 

    Cash Prizes

     $250 Cover winner

    $50 for each month's winner

     Awards Reception October 7, 6-8pm

    New This Year!!

    Calendar printing will be handled by new company 

     with guaranteed outstanding professional quality results

    Our show will exhibited in The Cornwell Center

    along with our 3-day workshop by Tom Christopher

    Register Here for 3-day Workshop

    Click Here for Prospectus 

    • 04 Oct 2017
    • 9:00 AM
    • 06 Oct 2017
    • 4:00 PM
    • The Cornwell Center, 2001 Selwyn Ave. Charlotte, NC 28207
    • 7

    Tom Christopher PSA, IAPS-MC 

    Pastel Painting and Beyond


    Living in the Midwest has influenced my style of painting and choice of subject matter significantly. Many of my pieces depict very common scenes I have experienced.  As a child, I spent countless hours playing on the riverbanks and wooded areas in Central Iowa. Even today, I continue to be intrigued with nature and the way sunlight and shadows help define the landscape. I continue to spend my mornings  hiking and sketching the rugged landscape along the Iowa River near my home.   My goal is to paint relatively common scenes in a more dramatic and interesting way. Most of my finished works are the result of  reference photographs and on-location (plein-aire) studies.

    I have been fortunate to study with several well established professional landscape artists including, Albert Handell, Marc Hanson, and Kim Lordier,. For the past several years,  I have worked primarily in pastels and oil paints. I plan to continue to explore these two mediums and look forward to many more years of painting and conducting workshops.

    Tom Christopher is a Signature Member of the Pastel Society of America (PSA) and Master Circle,  International Asscociation of Pastel Societies. (IAPS)

    Additional Info

    Workshop Information

     Tom will begin each day of the workshop with a demonstration of pastel painting using various textural techniques for underpainting on gator board . The attending student artists will then receive instruction and prepare their own textured surface for pastel painting. Throughout the workshop, attending  artists will receive additional instruction on plein aire painting as well as studio techniques. The central focus of the instruction is on understanding value, color, and texture in the landscape.  

    The student are encouraged to bring photographs as well as plein aire sketches to use as reference material. Tom will also have photos for reference as well as a good supply of gator board. 

    Tom is careful to set aside sufficient time each day to provide individual instruction and goal planning for all student artists. Students are also encouraged to bring previous works for critique.

    Additional Topics covered… 

     1. gallery representation 2. advertising  3. networking{social media) 4. teaching workshops   

     Lunch is included. Member Price $375, Non-Member $400,

     $100 deposit required to register. Balance is due Aug. 4th.
    Non-refundable after Aug.14th, unless your spot is filled

Past events

06 May 2017 Stan Sperlak - Demo: On Becoming a Better Landscape Painter
03 May 2017 Stan Sperlak - 3 day Workshop: On Becoming a Better Landscape Painter
18 Mar 2017 Mini-Workshop - Marsha Savage - "It's the Journey. Learn to Navigate Your Paintings!"
18 Mar 2017 Program / Demo - Marsha Savage -"It's the Journey. Learn to Navigate Your Paintings!"
21 Jan 2017 Mini-Workshop - Leslie Hudson-Tolles: Animals in Landscape
21 Jan 2017 Program / Demo - Leslie Hudson-Tolles: Animals in Landscape
03 Oct 2016 3-day Workshop - Karen Margulis PSA IAPS-MC - The Mystery and Magic of the Underpainting: Unlocking the Key to Successful Underpaintings
03 Oct 2016 Karen Margulis Workshop Balance Payment
17 Sep 2016 Let's Get Together and Paint!
14 May 2016 Mini-Workshop - Diane Pike: Capturing Light and Color
14 May 2016 Program / Demo - Diane Pike: Capturing Light and Color
21 Apr 2016 Merging Mediums; A Visual Collaboration
19 Mar 2016 Mini-Workshop - Nancy Nowak: Taking Your Pastels to the Next Level by Setting Yourself up for Success
19 Mar 2016 Program / Demo - Nancy Nowak: Taking your Pastels to the Next Level by Setting Yourself Up for Success
16 Jan 2016 Mini-Workshop - Walter Standford: Painting Pet Portraits
16 Jan 2016 Program / Demo - Walter Stanford: Painting Pet Portraits
14 Nov 2015 WORKSHOP - Addren Doss: “Birds of a Feather . . .”
14 Nov 2015 PROGRAM / DEMO - Addren Doss: "Birds of a Feather"
08 Oct 2015 DEMO - Dawn Emerson: "From Photograph to Personal Expression"
05 Oct 2015 WORKSHOP - Dawn Emerson: "From Photograph to Personal Expression with Pastel"
04 Oct 2015 Announcing Piedmont Pastel Society's 2015 3rd Annual Member Calendar Show,
19 Sep 2015 WORKSHOP - Karen Margulis (IAPS-MC, PSA): “Cooking with Color: Recipes for Exciting Color in Your Paintings"”
19 Sep 2015 PROGRAM / DEMO - Karen Margulis: "Cooking with Color: Recipes for Exciting Color in your Paintings"
18 Jul 2015 WORKSHOP - Regina Burchett: “Skies, Clouds and Storms”
18 Jul 2015 PROGRAM / DEMO - Regina Burchett: "Skies, Clouds and Storms"
30 May 2015 WORKSHOP - Susan Sinyai: “Breathing Life into your Still Life”
30 May 2015 PROGRAM / DEMO - Susan Sinyai: "Breathing Life into your Still Life"
21 Mar 2015 PROGRAM / DEMO - Kurt Weiser and Regina Burchett: "Get Your Art Out There"
17 Jan 2015 WORKSHOP - Suzy Hart: “The Poetic Pastel Portrait”
17 Jan 2015 PROGRAM / DEMO - Suzy Hart: "The Poetic Pastel Portrait"
15 Nov 2014 PROGRAM / DEMO - Walter Stanford: "Smoothscapes"
20 Sep 2014 PROGRAM / DEMO - Addren Doss: "Painting Animals"
17 May 2014 PROGRAM / DEMO - Suzy Hart: "Painting the Figure"
15 Mar 2014 PROGRAM / DEMO - Nancy Marshburn: "Approaching a Still Life, My Perspective"
18 Jan 2014 PROGRAM / DEMO - Regina Burchett: "The Other Side of Art: Organizing and Promoting Your Artwork"
16 Nov 2013 PROGRAM / DEMO - Wendy Musser
21 Sep 2013 PROGRAM / DEMO - Diane Pike
20 Jul 2013 PROGRAM / DEMO - Adele Goodman
22 Jun 2013 PROGRAM / DEMO - Anne Kiefaber: "Make your Still Lifes Sing!"
09 Mar 2013 PROGRAM / DEMO - Kurt Weiser: "Creation of a Pastel Painting from Start to Disc"
19 Jan 2013 PROGRAM / DEMO - Walter Stanford: "The Whimsical Side of Art in Pastel"

Address: Charlotte, NC, USA


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