2020 Karen Israel 2-Day Workshop 

Dynamic Designs & the Painterly Floral 

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Learn to create dramatic paintings that communicate your unique interpretation of one flower or an arrangement. 




Starting with a power point presentation about composition, simple skill building exercises and designing from our photographs or simple floral arrangements, we will explore composition as it relates to florals. We will plan our designs w/under paintings using *Artgraf, watercolor and India Ink in preparation for painting the next day. On day 2, this workshop will include several brief demos and much easel time as we bring our designs to a conclusion. We will end with an (optional) instructive critique.


* Artgraf/watercolor, and/or India ink can be borrowed from the instructor.

Supply List to have available: 

  • Many photographs of flowers and groups of flowers on bushes/trees/plants. A photo taken not too close up is best. Print them in grey scale and color. Working from a tablet is also an option.

  • a board slightly larger than 11x14

  • about 4 pieces, SANDED pastel paper that can take water, approx 11x14.  light color or white preferred for under paintings (PASTELMAT (my preference)/Uart/Pastel Premiere, Canson Touch or Art Spectrum are all ok)

  • artist tape, white

  • apron, paper towels

  • soft pastels: all shapes and degrees of softness

  • several pastel pencils or sharpened nu pastels

  • Flat 1-2” watercolor brushes, NOT BRISTLE BRUSHES

  • watercolor set 

  • hair blower 

  • artgraf 

  • India Ink and a brush



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Artist Biography

Karen Israel is a nationally recognized, award-winning artist who has been focusing on pastels for over a decade. Her success is a constant reminder of the debt she owes to her instructors allowing her to pass this knowledge along to her students.  Karen is affiliated with many prestigious art organizations including the Salmagundi Club, the Pastel Society of the West Coast and the American Artists Professional League. She currently serves on the PSA Board of Governors.


Recently, Karen’s work was featured in a two-page article in the French art magazine, Practique des Arts Vol. 47, July 2018. Her work has won awards several times in the “Top 100 Pastels” issues of the Pastel Journal. This coming April, Karen has been invited to participate in the 4th International Pastel Exhibition - honoring American women pastelists - called ”Pastels of the World in Bourbonnais” in Montluçon, France. Ten of her pastel paintings will be on display at this Exhibition through June 2020. 



“Dynamic composition and a unique viewpoint are my overarching goal. Stylistically, I strive for realism but I allow the mood and form of the subject to influence my approach. My subjects are rendered with a strong appreciation for the rigors of formal design coupled with an exploration of color and technique.”

Dates: Dec 5-6, 2020

Hours: 9:30am – 4:00pm

Where: Zoom!

Karen will send 'handouts' and a document about Zoom etiquette a few days before the class begins so that students are well prepared. 


While in ‘class’, all will see her easel and presentation extremely well. As she proceeds with her demo, she will text or email photos of close ups of her work, so that students can see the mark making/layering more closely. 


Reciprocally, Karen will welcome students to ask questions at any time throughout their painting process. When students need advice, they will take a photo and text or email it to Karen who will offer comments by either holding their photo up to the screen and point to an area on their work that needs adjusting or annotate their image with an arrow or a line to show them where and how to make adjustments and then email or text it back to them. This is a proven process of personalized attention that is working very well. 

Fee Structure

PSNH Members … $200
Non-members    … $225


Registration Form: WORD



You may send in full payment now or reserve your space with a 50% deposit until Nov 15, 2020. The remainder is due by the deadline on Dec. 4, 2020. (PSNH Members - first payment is $100 and the remainder is due on Dec 4th. Non-members - 2 payments of $112.50 each).


There will be a minimum of 8 and a maximum of 12 participants for this workshop.