Meet Marla

Meet The Inspiring Pastelist Who Created PastelPaintingLessons.com

Marla is an incredibly talented fine artist who works with galleries throughout the US. Every year she travels the globe teaching workshops, speaking at art events to inspire other painters. Last year she launched a new website to the public with the purpose of helping thousands of struggling artists to succeed.
“My Working process is a simple one; I start on location, sketching, photographing and painting. Some of these field studies make their way to the studio. In the studio I use all of that visual information and combine it with the sense or feeling I had for a location and create what is inevitably an abstraction of sorts in that it is not merely a copy of a photo but an interpretation of place. I hope that you enjoy the work!”
Pastel Painting Course Information

How do I get the lessons?

You get access to all the lessons at once if you purchase the entire Lesson Library. If you choose weekly lessons the each week, a lesson is delivered automatically to your account via email and in your secure member’s area on PastelPaintingLessons.com. You need to log into the site to take the lessons. Lessons are accessible on iPads, tablets, computers, laptops and even phones.

Do I need to meet at a certain time for the lesson?

The lessons are online accessible 24×7 – you can take the lessons any time you want.

What if I don’t complete a lesson – will I lose access to it the next week?

You get lifetime access to all lessons you’ve paid for. Lessons are delivered weekly but you can complete them at your own pace.

How are the lessons organized?

The lessons go in order from beginning to advanced – the more complex lessons are at the end of the series. Each lesson contains supplemental lesson videos to help you master the main step by step painting lesson.

What is included each lesson?

Each lesson contains a main paint-along demonstration from Marla, a materials list, a PDF with written instructions, and shorter supplemental videos to help with specific concepts in the main lesson.

How long is each lesson?

The main lesson step by step demos are usually about an hour long. The supplemental video lessons are generally 5 minutes – 20 minutes long. It varies.

How much do lessons cost?

Lessons are $17 each week for 26 weeks (that’s 37% off the normal price of $27/wk). Alternatively, you can pay $5.37 per lesson if you purchase the entire Lesson Library at once – it’s $247 which is $50 off the normal price of $297.

Will you help me if I get stuck?

Sure, you can open a support ticket and we’ll help you right away. If we don’t know the answer, we’ll ask Marla and she’ll reply as quickly as she can.

Will Marla give me advice on my paintings?

(LIMITED TO 15 STUDENTS) Yes, in addition to the lessons, Marla has reserved 15 spots for students who want Personal Video Critiques. You’ll upload a picture of your artwork along with any comments about what you need. Marla will record a Personal Video Critique to help you move past any problems. Her personal advice will help you take your painting to the next level.

How much do Personal Video Critiques cost?

Right now you can sign up for 5 Personal Video Critiques for only $297 (normally $485 – $97 each). This special pricing is only available now and is limited to the first 15 students.

Can I get Personal Video Critiques after I start the lessons?

You can apply for Personal Video Critiques after you start – it’s $97 per critique from Marla. We’ll check her schedule to see if she can accommodate you but its very limited. If you are thinking you want to work with Marla for personal help, now’s the time to sign up for lessons because a Personal Video Critique is included in this special deal.

$247 one time payment (normally $297 – that’s $50 off!) – that’s only $5.37 per video lesson. You receive access to all the lessons at once and can pick and choose.

$17 per week (normally $27/week – that’s 37% off!). A lesson containing several videos/supplemental lessons is sent to you each week.

Early Bird Bonuses
Lesson List

Bonuses

Immediate Access

Secret to Vibrant Colors
200 Photos to Paint
Paint with Marla

Live Lesson Bonus

Explorations + Variations Live Lesson

Lesson 1

Getting Started

Getting Started
Stages of Learning
Choosing A Paper Surface

Lesson 2

Back To Basics

To Blend or Not to Blend
A Little Color Theory
Scaling a Thumnail Sketch

Lesson 3

Supplemental Videos

Landscape Variation Demo
Optical Mixing
Influence of Light

Lesson 4

Capturing Form in Light

Capturing Form in Light
Light & Shadow

Lesson 5

How Do I Paint Clouds

How Do I Paint Clouds
Aerial Perspective

Lesson 6

A Classic River

Oaks Bottom River
To Blend or Not To Blend
Scaling a Thumbnail Sketch

Lesson 7

Abstract Field

Red & Green
Stages of Learning
Scaling a Thumbnail Sketch

Lesson 8

Flower Field

Flower Field
Color Studies

Lesson 9

Water & Reflections

Simple Pleasures
Distilling & Simplifying
Seeing Value

Lesson 10

Fall Foliage

Promise of Red
Distilling & Simplifying
Seeing Value

Lesson 11

Sunset Sky

Sunset Sky
The Influence of Light

Lesson 12

Floral Still Life

Floral Still Life
Hue, Value and Intensity

Lesson 13

Value Mapping & Color Schemes

Value Mapping & Color
Value Studies
Seeing Value

Lesson 14

Manifesting Green

Manifesting Green
Distilling & Simplifying
A Little Color Theory

Lesson 15

Under - Painting Techniques

Under-Painting Techniques
A Little Color Theory
Color Studies

Lesson 16

Fall in Wyoming

Fall in Wyoming
Distilling & Simplifying
Seeing Value

Lesson 17

Heading South

Heading South
Scaling a Thumbnail Sketch
Making a Plan

Lesson 18

Catching a Glimpse

Catching a Glimpse
Value Studies

Lesson 19

Fables & Fantasies

Fables & Fantasies
Making a Plan

Lesson 20

Autumn Field Live Lesson

Lesson 21

Daydreaming Yellow Live Lesson

Lesson 22

Winter Glow

Winter Glow
To Blend or Not To Blend
A Little Color Theory

Lesson 23

Afternoon Break Live Lesson

Lesson 24

Mount Bachelor Plein Air

Mount Bachelor Plein Air
Distilling & Simplifying

Lesson 25

Luscher Farm

Luscher Farm
The Influence of Light
Light & Shadow

Lesson 26

Miniatures: Mileage & Joy

Miniatures: Mileage & Joy
Miniature Painting
Marla’s Students

Don’t Take Our Word On How Incredible Marla’s Lessons Are…

Take the Word Of Hundreds Of Pastelists Getting Results

My name is Linda Wright and i live on Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, Canada. I have been following Marla’s teaching and painting for a few years now and have to say that i find her such a huge inspiration. Having experienced her teaching both from her online Pastel Painting Lessons and in person, I find her to be so very enthusiastic and committed to imparting her amazing wealth of experience and wisdom. Marla has the exceptional gift of not only being a fabulous artist, but can demonstrate and instruct with such ease and dedication. I have been inspired so many times, and on so many levels, as i watch her teaching methods, feeling encouraged to go further and trying some new ways of working with pastels. She is also such a lovely and warm woman, I had the pleasure of hosting a 3 day workshop here a few years ago, and she was generous, patient, and dedicated. She was also most gracious when some aspects of the workshop that i had organized weren’t as good as they could have been. Marla brings a clarity to her teaching that i value highly.

Linda Wright, Nova Scotia, Canada
Ronda Millea, Pheonix, AZ
“I’m Bill Hansen, a retired health care worker living in Ithaca NY, USA. After trying a few other online learning approaches to pastel painting, I was about to give up on pastels, thinking that I was not going to be able to learn how to use them. Marla’s “”PastelPaintingLessons”” changed all that. It really is different from all the other online pastel learning experiences – clearer, more complete, and much better presented. It’s an evolving, growing course, beautifully designed. I’m fascinated by Marla’s use of colors and her semi-impressionistic style. I’m grateful for her encouragement a relatively free technique, and hersupport for independent work at each level of learning. Most helpful for me are the real-time “”watch and paint”” lessons, in which the student can see what Marla is doing in real time, while she explains her process in clear voice-over. No commentary would be complete without mentioning the excellent, professional design of the web site, and the customer support, which is among the best I’ve experienced in an online learning environment.”

Bill Hansen, NY, USA
Frederick Fielding, Buffalo, NY
I want you to know I watch your lessons, just to give my mind a break and get juiced up for creativity. I find it very soothing, and remarkable to watch your process. It is very well done and inspiring.

Janelle Baglien, Portland, OR
“I have totally fallen in love with your beautiful seemingly free, yet carefully considered, colourful style of painting. I have always loved watercolor and recently coloured pencil, particularly love paining botanicals, but have always tried to break away from the minute detail I feel compelled to keep adding. I just get dug in and work finer and finer detail!! I really just stumbled on your work on Utube, and was immediately taken. You have inspired me to throw myself into pastel with a passion! I cannot wait to stand at my easel every day now, throwing caution to the wind and experimenting and learning from your easy and entertaining instruction. I can already see a progression in my work. My colour choices are bolder. I’m reaching for colours that I wouldn’t have imagined pricing up in the past. Thank you so much Marla, (and the extra push from your support team Chris) for jarring me out of my deep deep rut!!!! I’m having a ball! Feeling pretty chuffed with myself”

Julie, Brisbane, Australia
Cindy Betka , Montana
$50 OFF (ONLY $5.37 PER VIDEO LESSON) ENDS IN:

$247 one time payment (normally $297 – that’s $50 off) – that’s only $5.37 per video lesson. You receive access to all the lessons at once and can pick and choose.

$17 per week (normally $27/week – that’s 37% off!). A lesson containing several videos/supplemental lessons is sent to you each week.