Schola Artis Pro Vobis

Pastel Workshop

Pastel workshop

Pastelli Vibranti,
the People and Landscapes of Umbria

with Neva ROSSI SMOLL

This pastel workshop is designed for the beginning and intermediate pastelist and will cover materials, basic design, color, and application.

Some materials will be supplied. We will be painting from life and photographs taken on-site or in the surrounding areas of Umbria, the Green Heart of Italy.

There will be a demonstration at the beginning of each class, followed by individual easel time.

This is a great opportunity to learn the fundamentals of pastel painting as well as providing a challenge to those who already have a basic understanding of pastel technique. Expect plenty of encouragement and actionable advice.

This is a unique opportunity to work in a beautiful location with magnificent views and a special atmosphere that only Umbria, the Green Heart of Italy, can offer. Assisi is the ideal place and offers the exact conditions necessary to create.

Language of the course: english

Tenured Teacher

Neva ROSSI SMOLL

Born in Laredo, Texas, Neva grew up not far from there in the small ranching town of Hebbronville. She has studied pastel painting with Lorenzo Chavez, Mike Beeman, Alain Picard and Margaret Dyer. In 2014 she joined Albert Handell’s mentorship program in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Neva’s work is featured in juried exhibitions on National and International levels, including the 16th Annual Pastel 100 Competition where she received an Honorable Mention Award.

Neva’s work has also been featured in the Pastel Society of America’s 2014 and 2018 Annual Juried Exhibits “Enduring Brilliance” at the National Arts Club in New York, NY and in the prestigious IAPS 2016, 2018 and 2020 Juried Exhibitions. Neva was invited to participate in the Annual International Contemporary Art Exhibitions organized and offered by Art Residence Pro Vobis—Assisi, where her paintings were featured in the Sala della Volte in Piazza del Comune, Assisi, Italy. She recently held her first solo exhibition at The Nave Museum in Victoria, Texas, and is a newly selected Associate Artist for Unison Colour Pastels, located in Northumberland, UK.

An award-winning artist in both watercolor and pastel, Neva currently resides in the Coastal Bend Region of Texas.

Art Shows and Venues:

The Nave Museum (Victoria, TX)
Pastelli Vibranti Solo Show March 21, 2019 through May 12, 2019.
Pastel Society of Eastern Canada

  • 2021 Les Pastellistes Online Show – “Reflections of My Younger Self” – 13th Prize Award
  • 2022 Les Pastellistes Online Show – “Clay at Oceania”

Red Rock Pastel Society of Nevada

  • 2021 International Juried Exhibition – “Sarah in Her Chair” and “Cusco”

Pastel Society of Colorado

  • 2020 16th Annual Mile High International Juried Exhibition – “Across from the Pantheon I”

New Orleans Art Association

  • 2019 Annual Juried Exhibition: New Orleans Art Center – “Ava in Apricot”

Pastel Society of the Southwest

  • 2019 Annual Juried Exhibition: Tower Gallery, Grapevine, TX – “Ava in Attitude”

Maryland Pastel Society

  • 2019 Annual Juried Exhibition, Shades of Pastel, The Strathmore Museum, Bethesda, MD – “Dog Walker, Rome”

Pastel Society of America (The Grand Gallery, National Arts Club, New York, NY)

  • 2014 42nd PSA Annual Juried Exhibition: Enduring Brilliance – “Cerrillos Cowboy”
  • 2018 46th PSA Annual Juried Exhibition: Enduring Brilliance – “Ava in Apricot”

International Association of Pastel Societies (IAPS)

  • 2016 28th Juried Exhibition, Salmagundi Club, New York, NY – “Venice Street Musician”
  • 2018 33rd Juried Exhibition – The 2018 Webshow – “Reflections of My Younger Self”
  • 2020 37th Juried Exhibition 0 The 2020 Webshow – “Corpus Christi Cathedral”

Pastel Society of North Carolina

  • 2018 Pure Color Online International Exhibition – “Ava in Attitude” and “ Ava in Apricot”
  • 2020 Pure Color Online International Exhibition – “Corpus Christi Cathedral”

International Contemporary Art Exhibitions

  • 2015 First Invitational, in association with Art Residence PRO VOBIS, Assisi, Italy
  • 2017 Second Invitational, in association with Art Residence PRO VOBIS, Assisi, Italy
  • 2018 Third Invitational, in association with Art Residence PRO VOBIS, Palazzo Franchi, Assisi, Italy

Pastel Guild of Europe

  • 2018 – 1st Annual International Juried Competition – “Reflections of My Younger Self,” Honorable Mention

Pastel 100

  • 2014 – 16th Annual Juried Competition – “Magdalena,” Honorable Mention

Artists of Texas

  • 2016 Annual Juried Exhibition Open Spaces
  • 2017 Annual Spring Juried Exhibition H2O

Degas Pastel Society

  • 2015 Nineteenth Juried Membership Exhibition, New Orleans, LA

Arkansas Pastel Society

  • 2017 National Juried Exhibition – Reflections in Pastel, Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, Little Rock, AR – “Café Umbria”
  • 2019 National Juried Exhibition – Reflections in Pastel, Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, Little Rock, AR – “Kirsten with Green Earrings” — “Orange Kimono,” BEST OF SHOW

Publications:

  • 2014 – Pastel Journal 16th Annual Competition – “Magdalena,” Honorable Mention Pastel 100
  • 2016 – “Horses to Ride, Cattle To Cut: The San Antonio Viejo Ranch of Texas” Book by Wyman Meinzer and Henry Chappell. Five pencil drawings commissioned by the East Ranch Legacy Collection

Memberships:

  • Pastel Society of America
  • Unison Colour Pastels, Northumberland, UK – Associate Artist
  • Degas Pastel Society, Signature Member
  • Austin Pastel Society
  • Pastel Guild of Europe – Journeyer Member
  • Red Rock Pastel Society of Nevada
  • Watercolor Society of South Texas – past President and Workshop Chairman

Workshop Instruction:

  • March 2016, The Figure in Pastels
  • April 2016, The Figure in Pastels
  • March 2017, The Figure in Pastels Sunday Series
  • January 2018, Beginning and Intermediate Pastels Sunday Series
  • March 2019, Beginning and Intermediate Pastels
  • May 2019, Beginning and Intermediate Pastels
  • October 2020, Painting in Gouache
  • February 2021, Unveiling the Face in Charcoal