"Jessica's insight and encouragement helped me discover the bold, painterly style that had been eluding me". 
Susan Typert

"Jessica is not only a wonderful teacher and artist but she is also the most welcoming host...and that makes her workshops something truly special.  I had so much fun while I was learning, I can't wait for the next time. " 
Andrea Pyman-Varangu

​"I enjoy Jessica's Thornbury workshop as a seriously academic approach to studies, composition, and technique.  The additional delights of a charming setting and exceptional catering make it a complete weekend experience." 


  • This workshop includes 2.5 days of instruction with live demonstrations, skill building exercises, studio time, course booklet, and one-to-one support.
  • Two homemade delicious lunches 
  • Appetizers and a glass of wine from 5:00pm-6:00pm on the Friday evening.
  • Mid-morning and afternoon coffee, tea and sweets.
  • ​Please note: we offer delicious homemade food with vegetarian and non-vegetarian options but we cannot accommodate specialty diets or allergies (such as Vegan diets or nut allergies).


  • $400.00 (+hst)= $452.00.

  • Spaces in the workshop are secured once payment is received in full. (Space limited to 12 students)
  • Full refund available up to 30 days before class start date:  Aug 29th
  • 50% refund available up to 2 weeks before class - Sept 14th
  • No refunds after - Sept 15th

Payment methods

  • Cheque payable to Jessica Masters: Mailing address: Jessica Masters, 5 Summit Cres. Guelph, ON N1H 1S2
  • E-transfer to: jessicamasters02@gmail.com.


The workshop fee does not include accommodations or dinners. There are many wonderful places to stay in the area. Here is a link to B&B Canada for options.

There are also many lovely restaurants and shops in downtown Thornbury. We are happy to recommend something at the workshop.

Thanks, and please feel free to contact me if you have any questions. jessicamasters02@gmail.com  or  519-829-0641



As with all of my workshops, I strive to create an environment where all levels feel comfortable, and open to create and challenge themselves. In each workshop I hope for you to gain new found skills and a renewed energy to continue working in your own space.  Students provide their own materials. A material list will be sent to you upon registration. 

The schedule

Friday     1pm- 5pm

We will start the workshop with introductions and a tour of the facilities, before going straight into a talk and demonstration of key colour concepts and pastel application, as well as a slide show. You will then set up your work stations and begin with an exercise using these colour concepts.  Planning for your first pieces including support on cropping and composition will follow. We end our day with a glass of wine and appetizers in the garden - so nice!


​​​​This three day workshop will be hosted in beautiful Thornbury at the Georgian Manor B&B and Studio. Instuction will take place in the spacious B&B studio, and you will be able to work in the studio or in the gardens at the B&B and across the road in my mother's lovely garden. These spaces would inspire Monet!

What's it all about?

If you are a pastelist then you are also someone who loves colour. The huge assortment  of colours and pastel types available on the market today is exciting, but it can be overwhelming trying to make sense of it all. This course is designed to provide you with strategies to use colour effectively and intuitively. You will learn colour methods that clearly define your focal point, and bring unification to your paintings.

Colour theory (based on the colour wheel) is important, but as artists we also need to know how to apply these theories directly to our work. This workshop will help you understand how colour value, colour temperature, simplified palettes and colour contrast can be all used strategically to create dynamic, atmospheric and emotionally engaging work. Understanding these strategies will help you become more confident with colour, creating stronger images that are no longer overworked and muddy.

What will we do

Step-by-step demonstrations will be given in pastel painting with an emphasis on using a colour to emphasis your focal point, and how to  layer pastels to increase your palette. Short exercises will be selected that are designed to improve your ability to see colour and also to show the dramatic effect that different palettes can have on the visual impact of a piece.  After demonstrations, you will begin individual projects, receiving one-to-one, and group instruction on how to apply the course information directly to your own working method. Support on how to select an image and crop for good composition will also be provided. Course handouts will be given out and some source material is available for those who need some inspiration. All levels of experience are welcome.

Saturday     9:30am-5:00pm

We will start with another discussion on colour followed by a 20 minute exercise to loosen you up and engage your creativity. You will spend the morning working on individual pieces with one-to-one consultation. At noon we stop for a delicious homemade lunch together. The afternoon will be a continuation of individual work, group discussion and one-to-one support. Demonstrations to help support learning continue through each day.

3 Day Colour Workshop in dry pastel

with Jessica Masters

September 29, 30 & Oct 1st, 2017- Thornbury Ont. 

(all levels welcome)

OIL painting | Pastels | work shops

Sunday      9:30am-4pm

We begin with a small recap of what we have learned and share experiences. Then it's straight in to working. Exercises will be provided for those who would like them and Open Studio time for the rest of the day with individual support. We will have a group critique and finish our day at 4pm.

We again break for a delicious homemade lunch at 12:00pm in the garden, as well as tea and sweets mid morning and afternoon.


"I attended Jessica Master's July, 2017 workshop held in Thornbury, Ontario, and can very much recommend Ms. Master's  approaches to using pastels and teaching.  Jessica is a terrifically generous teacher with materials and her demos, and has developed the uncanny ability to work with each participant at the right level.  Great planning and execution provided comfortable working spaces.  Fit this workshop into your schedule."