Susan Kuznitsky
The Colors of Spring in Pastels

May 17 - May 22

4 Teaching Days


Returning for the 4th year in 2022

Pastels are a wonderful medium for capturing the colors of Spring. Follow Susan’s step-by-step approach from the underpainting to the finished piece. Several different underpainting techniques will be demonstrated along with plenty of individual attention at the easel. Learn how make good choices on composition and color when working from a photo reference to create powerful, emotional pastel paintings. All the lessons on color and value will be applicable to any other medium(s) you work in. You will have the option of painting along using the same photo reference as Susan. This step-by-step method will provide an organized framework for your future pastel paintings taking the mystery out of where to start, what type of pastels to use, weather permitting we may venture outdoors to sketch and do some color studies. All levels are welcome. This workshop will be packed with information and fun!



Susan Kuznitsky is an accomplished, award-winning artist and a gifted teacher, comfortable working and teaching in oil, pastel and various drawing media. Her representational style is arresting, perceptive and dramatic without being staged. After studying at American Academy of Art in Chicago, her hometown, Susan moved to Woodstock, New York, where she became the studio assistant for Master Artist Albert Handell. For the next two years Mr. Handell not only taught her about pastels and oils, but also how to teach. Moving back to Chicago in the mid 1980’s Susan began painting at the Palette and Chisel Academy of Fine Art with another living Master Painter, Richard Schmid. In the early 1990’s Susan married and moved to the Pacific Northwest where she raised her family. She has and continues to paint and teach locally and nationally. Her Zoom classes have become very popular.

“I was lucky that my mother noticed my interest in art way back in high school and signed me up at a local art studio in the north suburbs of Chicago where I grew up. The owner and teacher was the late Joe Abbrecia. It was a traditional art education, working from plaster casts in charcoal and moving on to oils and watercolors. He guided me to continue my education at the American Academy of Art in Chicago. Fresh out of art school I worked as a freelance portrait artist for a well-known Chicago chain of department stores. I didn’t know it then but for the next 4 years I got the best on the job training one could get drawing 25-minute portraits. All ages, all types! During my time at art school I had the advantage of access to the Art Institute. I was always drawn to the impressionist pastel paintings. There was really no one teaching pastels at this time in the area, so I made the journey to Woodstock, NY to study with master pastellist Albert Handell. I became his studio assistant for the next 2 years. Mr. Handell not only opened the world of pastels to me, but world have me follow him from easel to easel during the workshops to listen to students’ questions. Watching his ‘hands on’ approach to teaching continues to influence my teaching today. Back in Chicago I opened my own studio and began teaching locally and nationally. During this time, I began painting at the Palette and Chisel Academy of Fine Art with another master painter, Richard Schmid. In the early 1990’s I moved to my current home in Portland, Oregon where I continue to teach locally. The following years as a wife and mother continued to fuel my passion to paint and teach. With children grown I am back to full time art, painting, travelling, and sharing what I have learned from the amazing teachers I have been honored to learn from.” – Susan Kuznitsky

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If 12 or more students attend class (all teaching days): $545
If 11-10 students attend class (all teaching days): $620
If 9-8 students attend class (all teaching days): $730
If 7-6 students attend class (all teaching days): $910
Room & One Dinner Fee plus tax: $470
(There are 5 nights’ accommodations included in the “Room & One Dinner Fee” listed above.)



TUESDAY, May 17, 2022
Check-In to your unit at Dillman’s (check-in time is 3:00)
5:00 Welcome Reception (included in package)
6:00 Dinner at Dillman’s (included in Room and Meal Package. $25 additional for day students.)

Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, & Saturday – May 18-21
Breakfast On Own
9:00 a.m. – Noon Class in Session
Lunch On Own

Meals are on your own. All accommodations have cooking facilities. You may preorder box lunches and dinners for meals to be taken alone or with your group in: your studio, the lodge deck, cafe, or your accommodation. (Pre-ordering for lunches and dinners is required.)

1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Class in Session

Saturday, May 21
9:00 a.m. – Noon Class in Session
NOON Champagne Toast & Dessert (included in package
Lunch On Own
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Class in Session

SUNDAY, May 22
Depart – check-out time is 10:00

Optional Events – Sign Up Required / Subject to Change:
Wednesday 5:00 p.m. Dine-Around Dinner (Depart from Lodge Lobby)
Wednesday 7:00 p.m. S’more Roast (no charge)

Thursday 8:00 a.m. Yoga
Thursday 5:00 p.m. Dine-Around Dinner (Depart from Lodge Lobby)

Friday Noon & 4:00 p.m. Pontoon Ride on White Sand Lake (no charge)
Friday 5:00 p.m. Moondeer & Friends Gallery Tour (no charge)
Friday 6:00 p.m. Dine-Around Dinner

Saturday 5:00 p.m. Dine-Around Dinner (Depart from Lodge Lobby)

Dine-Around Dinners: Registration required at the front desk, meet at 5:00pm in the main lobby for carpooling.

Day students are welcome to attend the Welcome Reception and Farewell Reception (included in your package). You are also invited to join the class dinners (additional fee). PAL’s (Participants at large) can vacation at Dillman’s for $40 per night for accommodations. Costs for box lunches and dinners are additional.