This is my typical class schedule. Check with your paticular workshop coordinator to see if your class schedule differs.


First day:

9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.  Demonstration from photo or life

10:00 - 12:30  Morning session with model

12:30 - 1:30 p.m.  Lunch

1:30 - 4:00 p.m.  Afternoon session with model

All other days:

9:00 a.m. - 12:00  Morning session with model or photo

12:00 - 1:00 p.m.  Lunch

1:00 - 4:00 p.m.  Afternoon session with model


Portable easel (if studio does not supply one)

Small table for pastels (if studio does not supply one)

2 pieces of sanded pastel paper per day: Middle tone please–think gray or olive green, not beige or buff. Your choice: Sennelier La Carte, Wallis, PastelBord, Art Spectrum or similar sanded pastel papers. Size: Between 11x14 and 18x24.

Compressed charcoal or dark NuPastel (black or brown).

Backboard and clips (foam core is cheap and lightweight for travelers).

Soft Pastels (Sennelier, Rembrandt, Schmincke, Unison, Art Spectrum, Terry Ludwig, etc.), the more the better. Most students discover they’re happier with a lot more color.

A little bit about color...

In my classes we keep things simple, we work with 3 values plus black ..OK, so maybe that’s 4 values.

So if you're shopping for individual pastels to supplement your box of colors, look at the color wheel, get a light, middle-tone and dark of each color. Plus black and white. And yes, we use black.

The Figure in Pastels workshops

Margaret teaches a simple step-by-step method. Working with live models, students explore drawing, composition, anatomy, proportion, value, color, and pastel application. Emphasis is on developing form using light and shadow. For those wanting to speed up and become less tight in their work, this is an excellent class to take. Students do not need prior pastel experience.

wednesdays at Spruill Art Center, Atlanta GA

I also teach Wednesday morning and evening classes at the Spruill Arts Center. Call Spruill for catalog or register online:

Spruill Art Center, 5339 Chamblee Dunwoody Rd., Atlanta, GA, 770.394.3447 x 0

Click here to register.