PWS holds one or two major workshops each year!  

A variety of topics are covered to provide a wide variety of painting styles and methods.  Nationally-known instructors are often teaching the workshops.

Major Workshops are held at: Hummelstown Fire Department 249 East Main Street, Hummelstown, PA 17036

If you cancel with less than two weeks notice, a $100 fee is not refundable. Workshop fees include snacks and lunch each day.

Event calendar

    • September 25, 2021
    • November 06, 2021
    • Full Exhibition Online - Award Winners & more
    • October 25, 2021
    • 9:00 AM
    • October 27, 2021
    • 4:00 PM
    • Hummelstown Fire Hall 249 East Main Street, Hummelstown, Pa
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    Painting portraits in watercolor can seem like a daunting task, but many of us  can’t resist the urge to try it. We may have a loved one who we’d like to paint or  we may simply be drawn to the challenge of capturing an interesting character on  paper. It’s so easy to “tighten up” our portrait paintings because of our focus on  “getting it right”. Painting the “quick sketch” portraits focuses on loosening up that  process and working to achieve a more relaxed look that highlights the beauty  and freshness of the watercolor medium. 

    I will have partially pre-drawn portraits for you to work on as part of our exercises  - or you may draw freehand. You will be asked to bring along one or two pre dawn portraits of your own on watercolor paper. (on approximately 9”x11”paper,  head only). 

    The 3 day format of the workshop will give us time to practice the techniques we  are exploring. The references we’ll be working with will cover a wide range of  ages and skin tones. 

    This workshop will be a combination of demo and hands-on portrait work.* During Days 1 and 2, you will primarily work from partially pre-drawn portraits  that will be provided in the class. You will finish the drawings, but the basics will  be there so we can spend the majority of our time painting. (If you prefer to work  completely freehand, that is fine. ) 

    • On day 3, we will work on one or two portraits of your own that you have  prepared for the class. 
    • Tech Tips: Each day we will explore a technology tool to use to help you in your  portrait paintings. 
    • Students should be comfortable with painting in watercolor, but do not need to  have

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    Option an online event will be used only in the case of a State mandate or quarantine restrictions


    About the Instructor:

    Pam Wenger has always been drawn to portraits and figurative work. Since she retired from teaching,

    she’s fallen in love with portraiture in watercolor.

    Her work has been exhibited in National and Local shows, including the Pennsylvania Art of the State,

    National Watercolor Society, American Watercolor Society, PA Watercolor Society, and the Baltimore

    Watercolor Society’s Mid Atlantic Watercolor Show.

    You can find more information about her and view her work at,, or

For questions, contact workshop at email 

Shorter, less formal one-day workshops are often also held in conjunction with the Annual Juried Show.  See the Juried Show Page for more details on Mini-Workshops.

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