August 1-4 (4 days, Mon-Thurs)-Early bird Fee $500 ($550 after Feb. 28)

RUTH RODGERS ~ Making Your Mark: An Introduction to Soft Pastels

About the workshop

Media: pastels

Levels: beginner to intermediate

This four-day workshop will introduce students to the brilliance and possibilities of soft (“chalk”) pastels. Students will complete 2-3 landscape paintings and go home with a starter set of high-quality pastels and a workbook by the instructor. Additionally, they will learn the 5 critical elements of design, and how to apply these to painting in any medium.

By the conclusion of the workshop, students will be able to

1) trace the history of soft pastels as a fine art medium;

2) identify the supplies required to complete successful pastel paintings;

3) apply the elements of Concept, Composition, Contrast, Colour, and Clarity to the creation of pastel paintings;

4) create pastel paintings that make use of a variety of underpainting techniques;

5) describe the proper handling and framing of finished works in soft pastel;

6) identify sources of further learning related to this unique medium.

Supplies list

Download the supplies list for the workshop.

About the artist

Ruth Rodgers works in a variety of media in a naturalistic style that seeks to represent how the human eye and brain perceives the world. She paints realistic landscapes and figures with occasional experiments in other approaches to image-making. Ruth has achieved Master Pastel Artist Canada signature status with the Pastel Artists Canada, and Active status with the Federation of Canadian Artists. She has been painting professionally for almost two decades, and teaching (art) for more than a dozen years. She is the former president of Pastel Artists Canada (2010-2018), and frequently writes articles for the Pastel Journal and Artists Magazine. Ruth holds a Masters degree in adult education, and had a long career as a teacher and curriculum/ faculty development specialist in the post-secondary education sector. Since moving to the Sunshine Coast in 2013, she has set up a private studio (Rivenrock Studio) in Halfmoon Bay where she has a gallery and teaching space for individual and small group classes. The studio is on the Purple Banner Tour (open by chance or appointment) and is also open during the annual Art Crawl on the coast. Ruth is a Director on the Sechelt Hospital Foundation Board and chairs their Art Committee.

On the web

Ruth’s work can be seen at She exhibits with The Landing Artists collective several times a year (see her website for announcements). Her work may also be viewed at her home, Rivenrock Studio.


Jan Poynter

Ron Stocke

Gillian Richards

Marleen Vermeulen

Ruth Rodgers

Alison Watt

Tiko Kerr

Jay Senetchko