2020 Workshops

are on hold for the time being

The Pastel Society of Victoria, Australia conducts regular Workshops throughout the year and our annual Art-In-Action event in April.

Our demonstrators & tutors are international, interstate and local artists who are experts in their chosen medium. Workshops usually run over 1, 2 or 3 days and are a wonderful way to improve your skills and well worth the investment of your time.

Art-in-Action 2020 CANCELLED

Our Annual Art-in-Action program is an exciting one this year with a day of Pastel demonstrations with esteemed artists Stephie Clark and Linda Finch.

Your contact for Art-In-Action is Denise Tomlinson – email denisepvsart@gmail.com for more information.

Saturday  4 April 2020

9:30am to 3:45pm

Art-In-Action is held at 405 Camberwell Road, Camberwell VIC 3124

Stephie Clark

Stephie is from Armidale, NSW and is largely a self taught artist who apart from a 2 week workshop in France followed by two weeks of painting alone in Paris, has developed her own style of pastel painting. She has won many prizes and has been featured with a front cover and an article in Pratique des Arts, following a 2nd prize win in the Pastel Guild of Europe’s Open Online Competition. Painting with her ‘dusty sticks of joy’, Stephie is a prolific portrayer of ‘Mother Nature in all her glory’, particularly flowers. She regularly runs a ’30 paintings in 30 days’ program on Facebook. Her painting jump off the page. Stephie will demonstrate how she paints something from nature.

Linda Finch

Linda is a winner of both the 2019 President’s Award and Ming Mackay Award and over the years she has entered in many art shows, participated in group exhibition and won many varied prizes. After studying Graphic Art in the early ’80’s, Linda worked in the Graphic Design industry for many years before starting her family. She pursued her love of art by taking up painting, with Pastel being her preferred medium. She now teaches Pastel painting at the Manningham Art Centre and Camberwell Community Centre. Linda has a fund of tips and tricks which she enjoys passing on.
Art-In-Action Information & Booking Form


Our 2020 Workshop program is a work in progress and we will be regularly updating this webpage. Workshops are held at a number of locations around Melbourne including

Manningham Art Studios, Level 2, Manningham City Square, 687 Doncaster Road, Doncaster  &   Alvie Hall, 314 High Street Road (corner of Alvie Street and High Street Road), Mt Waverley

See the Booking Form or Flyer for location details

To enquire about places available for Workshops, go to the individual Workshop Booking Form/Information Flyer for contact information for the convenor

Ben Winspear & Walter Magilton demonstrating


Loose, Dynamic & Vibrant Floral Painting in Pastel

with Stephie Clark

5 April 2020

Using photographs or a Still Life set up, you will extend your pastel painting experience & learn how to produce loose dynamic vibrant floral paintings.

Visit Stephie’s website is at https://www.stephieclark.net/about

Click on the button to download your Booking Form

Stephie Clark Workshop Booking Form


The Excitement of Pastel

with Penelope Gilbert-Ng

30-31 May 2020

Penelope hails from Queensland, is a prolific painter and sought-after judge around Australia. She has been teaching for 30+ years. She is classically inspired but paints in a contemporary style, inspired by the Impressionist era. Penelope has painted all her life and continually studied, explored and enjoyed the learning processes on how she wants to communicate visually to an audience.

The workshop will be held at Currawong Bush Park in Donvale. It has a large space for painting with lots of natural light and is surrounded by native bush.

Penelope’s website is at http://www.penelopegilbertng.com.au.  More information about the workshop coming soon.

Rod Bathgate | demonstrating in Nov 2020 for the Pastel Society of Victoria, Australia

Master Light and Reflection in Water Scenes

with Rod Bathgate

7-8 November 2020

Rod is a master of light and reflection and best known for his water scenes. His control and manipulation of the pastel medium is unlike any other Australian Artist. We are very excited to have him working with us this year.

An interesting article “Is This Australia’s Best Pastel Artist?” is on Art Affairs’s website .  His work can be viewed on the CStudios Art Gallery website at https://cstudiosartgallery.com.au/rodney-bathgate/

More information about the workshop coming soon.

Rod Bathgate Workshop Booking Form | coming soon