Painterly Portraits in Pastel

William Schnieder
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Painterly Portraits in Pastel

with William Schneider

March 24-27, 2022 (Thursday – Sunday)

Learn how to loosen up! Pastel can be the most expressive medium…if you understand how to use its unique properties.  Most artists admire the evocative, sensuous brushwork of oil painting masters like Nicolai Fechin, John Singer Sargent, and Anders Zorn. But creating those bravura effects in pastel is another matter.

In this three day workshop you will learn:

  • A technique to create oil painting Master, Nicolai Fechin’s broken edge effects…in pastel!
  • How to create sparkling color
  • How to simplify
  • A sure-fire way to achieve masterful edge control
  • Power through suggestion
  • The key to color harmony
  • How to turn the form with temperature

William will demonstrate a complete head study as well as several “mini-demos” – painting eyes, painting the mouth etc. This workshop should teach you how to make painterly, luxurious portraits in pastel…and above all, how to loosen up.

In-Person Classes

COVID Health and Safety Protocols

The health and safety of our Patrons, Students, Volunteers, and Staff are a top priority. Since COVID-19 first surfaced, our staff continues to monitor the situation closely, taking every precaution to keep our Patrons, Students, Volunteers, Staff, and our community safe.

  • We require that face masks, covering mouth and nose, be worn in our buildings until further notice. (Note: face shields are not adequate)
  • Enrollment in classes and workshops is limited to ensure social distancing is possible.
  • Staff perform a rigorous sanitation protocol throughout the day.
  • Thermometers are available in the Gallery and Studios for self-checking of temperature upon entrance.
  • Sanitation stations are available at each entrance to the Center. Paper masks are available for no charge.

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William Schneider

William Schneider


William A. Schneider’s work has evolved since he finished his studies at the American Academy of Art. Workshops with Carolyn Anderson, Dan Gerhartz, Harley Brown, Scott Christensen, Huihan Liu, and Richard Schmid among others solidified his understanding of the basics. But he credits the many hours he spent studying and copying masterworks by Nicolai Fechin with loosening up his brushwork and approach to edges.He also describes four days of intense study and analysis at an exhibit of the works of J.W. Waterhouse in Montreal as an “epiphany” in his understanding of composition.

William commented, “The wonderful thing about art is that you can always get better. I view myself as a perpetual student!”

William has been named “Master Signature Member” by Oil Painters of America (OPA), Pastel Society of America, The American Impressionist Society (AIS), and The Chicago Pastel Painters.  He has also been named to the Masters Circle and designated an Eminent Pastelist by the International Association of Pastel Societies (IAPS).

Magazine Publications:


  • Capturing Emotion, American Artist Magazine, February 2001
  • Art Values, Southwest Art Magazine, November 2003
  • It’s About Meaning, Art of the West Magazine, November 2004
  • International Showcase of Master Pastel Painters, International Artist Magazine, Oct. 2004
  • Master Portrait Artists’ Showcase, International Artist Magazine, February 2005
  • William A. Schneider, The Pastel Journal, February 2005
  • Start Your Collection, Southwest Art Magazine, April 2005
  • Self-Portraits: Journey Through The Looking Glass, Art-Talk Magazine April 2005
  • 2007Guidebook of Art, (Cover image) Art of the West Magazine 2007
  • The Eyes Have It, The Pastel Journal, January 2008
  • Painting the Mouth, American Artist Magazine, March 2008
  • The Studio of William Schneider, Art of the West Magazine, July 2009
  • Competition Spotlight, The Artist’s Magazine, April 2010
  • Strategies to Organize the Elements of Your Paintings, Workshop Magazine, Fall 2010
  • The Good Guys – Masculine portraits from six talented artists, Southwest Art Magazine, January 2011
  • A Portrait Demonstration by William A. Schneider, OPA, PSA, International Artist Magazine, June / July 2012
  • Painting With Light, Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine, September – October 2013
  • Brushing Up, The Artists Magazine, June 2014
  • Capturing Emotions, International Artist Magazine, June-July 2015
  • To Blend or not to Blend, The Pastel Journal, Oct 2017
  • Artistic Excellence, Southwest Art Magazine November 2018
  • Reignite Your Creativity, The Pastel Journal October 2019

Teaching Experience

  • Fredericksburg Artists’ School, Fredericksburg, TX
  • Palette and Chisel Academy, Chicago, IL
  • Peninsula Art School, Door County, WI
  • Richeson Art School, Kimberly, WI
  • Scottsdale Artists’ School, Scottsdale AZ
  • IAPS Convention 2013 & 2015
  • FACE Convention 2018 & 2019
  • Portrait Society of America Convention

Videos (Liliedahl Video Productions):

  • Design Secrets of the Masters, The Key to a Successful Painting
  • Nicolai Fechin’s Painting Secrets with William A. Schneider
  • Pastel Painting Secrets with William A Schneider
  • Composition Secrets for Figure Painting 

Gallery Representation

 Haynes Galleries

Franklin, TN
(615) 312-7000, (615) 430-8147


New Masters Gallery

Delores St. & 7th Ave, Carmel by the Sea, CA 93921
(831) 625-1411


The Eisele Gallery of Fine Art

5729 Dragon Way, Cincinnati, OH 45227
(513) 791-7717


Reinert Fine Art

179 King St., Charleston, SC 29401
(843) 694-2445


1153 Main St., Blowing Rock, NC 28605
(828) 414-9580

Illume Gallery of Fine Art

29 West 200 North, St. George, UT
(801) 210-2853

Recent Awards

  • Portrait Society of America “Members Only Show ” – (1st Place)
  • Art Renewal Center (ARC) Competition – (Top 100)
  • Portrait Society of America 6th Annual Portrait Competition, (Certificate Award)
  • Oil Painters of America Eastern Regional Exhibition, Richland TN – (1st Place –Signature Artists)
  • Pastel Society of America 38th Annual Pastels Only – (Salmagundi Award)
  • Oil Painters of America 20th Annual National Juried Exhibition – (Presidents’ Award)

Oil Painters of America Online Competition 2012 – (2nd Place Signature Division)

  • 27th Annual Bosque Art Classic – (John Steven Jones Purchase Award)
  • Pastel Society of New Hampshire National Juried Show – (Best of Show)
  • AANC National Juried Show – (1st Place)
  • Emerald Art Center National Juried Show – (Gold Medal)
  • Oil Painters of America Eastern Regional 2013 – (McBride Gallery Award of Excellence)
  • International Association of Pastel Societies National Juried Exhibition – (Prix de Pastel [Best of Show])
  • Pastel Society of New Hampshire National Juried Show – (Best of Show)
  • 18th Annual Heartland National Exhibition – (Best of Show)
  • 15th International Juried Exhibition “For Pastels Only” – (Best of Show)
  • 20th Annual Regional Juried Exhibition, Artists of Northwest Arkansas – (Best of Show)
  • International Association of Pastel Societies Juried Web Show – (Bronze Award)
  • Old Post Office Museum and Art Center – (OPOMAC Award [First Place])
  • Mile High National Juried Exhibition – (First Place)
  • Arizona Pastel Society – (Best of Show)
  • Bold Brush Competition – (Outstanding Pastel)
  • OPA Eastern Regional 2017 – (Award of Excellence)
  • Plein Air Salon – (Best Painting by an Artist Over 65)
  • ARC 2018 –Finalist
  • Plein Air Salon – (Best Pastel)
  • NOAPS On–line 2018 (Best People)
  • OPA National Exhibition 2018 – (Portrait Honorable Mention)
  • OPOMAC National Exhibition – (Judges Choice Award)
  • For Pastels Only National Exhibition – (3rd Place)
  • OPA Salon Show 2018 – (Bronze Medal)
  • Breckenridge National Juried Exhibition – (Best of Show)
  • Degas Pastel Society 17th Biennial National Exhibition – (Award of Exceptional Merit [Best of Show])

William Schneider Pastel Workshop

Supplies List

You will need: A hat or a visor. ClampsGet STRONG ones (ladies, get them so strong you almost can’t squeeze them!) The flat metal clamps or little plastic ones sold by art supply stores don’t do the trick! (You can get good cheap clamps at Home Depot, Lowes etc.).

In addition, I suggest the following supplies; most can be ordered online at,,, or [If you don’t have your own ala carte supplies, Richeson and Company has created “William Schneider workshop kits”]:


  1. Pastel Supplies
  2. Soft Pastels – (NOT oil pastels) The new Jack Richeson – William Schneider 80 Stick Portrait & Figure Set is preferred (available at Judson Art Outfitters Unison, Rembrandt, Sennelier, Terry Ludwig, and Great American pastels are also good. Terry Ludwig’s “Intense Darks II” provide deep, rich, darks.
  3. Pastel paper –Sanded supports are the best. I like Pastel Premier sanded papers 320 Grit or U-art 280 or 320 grit, and Ampersand or Richeson Pastelboard.
  4. 3. Vinyl Gloves – to protect your hands when using the sanded supports. NOT latex or nitrile (too soft) you can order them from U-line.

Cancellation Policy


  • Each student must enroll individually
  • Students may register online or by calling the Sedona Arts Center’s Administrative Offices in the Art Barn, toll-free at 888-954-4442 or locally at 928-282-3809
  • Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express are accepted or student may pay with cash or check by registering in person during office hours at the Art Barn

In-Person and Online Workshops

  • A student may pay in full or place a $125 non-refundable deposit to save a space in the workshop
  • Any unpaid balance is due at least 30 days prior to first day of class
  • If a student cancels before the 30-day cut-off, the balance is refunded (or cancelled if not already paid) – the deposit is non-refundable
  • If a student cancels within the 30-days prior to class, no refund is given and both deposit and balance are forfeited
  • If Sedona Arts Center cancels the workshop for any reason, all payments made will be refunded in full

Important Message

The Sedona Arts Center is not responsible for providing make-up sessions or issuing refunds, credits, or transfers for courses missed as a result of illness, emergencies, or other events beyond our control. There are absolutely no refunds after the cut-off date for any reason, unless the Sedona Arts Center has to cancel the workshop, then all fees paid will be refunded in full.

Covid-19 Update for In-Person Classes and Workshops: 

As long as SAC is able to provide an environment that adheres to the CDC guidelines for social gatherings, and assuming all other normal criteria are met and the workshop or class goes forward, the above cancellation policies are in effect.