HVAL presents several workshops each year in various mediums. All workshops are open to the public; the tuition fees pay the instructor. Most indoor workshops are held in the Bushnell-Sage Library, Sheffield, MA.


Upcoming Workshops


“Autumn Glow” Watercolor Workshop with Pat Hogan

Rumor has it that Pat is putting together a weekend watercolor workshop for HVAL members in early October and that it may be held at Naumkeag. If you haven’t had the opportunity to study or paint with Pat, you’re missing something special! More details to come in the next newsletter.



HEADS UP! Drawing and Painting the Head in Watercolor with Harvey Kimmmelman & Pat Hogan.

Saturday you will draw from the live model with Harvey showing you the fundamental construction, anatomy, and proportions of the head. On Sunday you’ll paint the same model, in watercolor, with Pat overseeing your work. The date has not been set yet.

Peter Seltzer’s Still Life Workshop,

which was originally scheduled for November 4th & 5th, 2017  will be rescheduled—we’re just waiting for Peter to tell us when.

Still life can be an exciting and expressive genre. Each student brings three objects from home.  From these objects we pick and choose to design a still life. During this process we will discuss composition, the selection of a background, lighting and more.  From this final set up students select a smaller composition to work on for the entire workshop.

Award winning artist & PSA, Master Pastelist, Peter Seltzer’s paintings in oil and
pastel have been exhibited at numerous public venues including the Butler Institute of American Art (OH) where his work has appeared multiple times in their annual Mid-Year Exhibit and other group shows.  The Butler has also given him a solo show featuring his paintings in pastel.  He has also shown at the New Britain Museum of American Art (CT), the Noyes Museum of Art (NJ), Canton Museum of Art (OH), National Arts Club (NYC), National Academy of Design (NYC) and the Salmagundi Club (NYC).  In addition, his work is represented in the permanent collections of the Butler Institute of American Art, the New Britain Museum of American Art, Harvard University (MA) and the New Haven Paint and Clay 100+ year collection (CT).

Many in depth articles about his work and technique have appeared in American Artist Magazine, the Artist’s Magazine, Pastel Journal and Connecticut Magazine.  In addition, his paintings have been included in fine art books such as The Best of Pastel 1 and2, The Best of Sketching and Drawing and Pure Color: The Best of Pastel.

He has been honored with the designation Master Pastelist by the Pastel Society of America and has received a “by invitation only” membership from Allied Artists of America.  Among his 100+ awards are four Gold and five Silver Medals in international exhibitions.

If you have an idea for a workshop, an artist to give one, or would like to volunteer as Workshop Chair, please contact Tina Chandler at

Ongoing Workshops

Life Drawing, Wednesdays, 5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.

at the Bushnell-Sage Library, Main Street, Sheffield, MA.  Each session costs $10 to cover the model’s fee.  For more information, contact Harvey Kimmelman at 413 229-5951 or