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Desmond O'Hagan Workshop - "Painting Interiors" - REGISTRATION OPEN to NON-MEMBERS

October 24-27, 2023

2023 Workshops

Bartender - Dublin, 9x12, by Desmond O'Hagan

Reception and Workshop Introduction

Tuesday Evening October 24th
Studio Workshop, October 25-27, 2023
149 Centennial Road Gettysburg, PA 17325


About the Workshop

Desmond O’Hagan has long been considered one of the leading urbanscape artists in the world, but MPS is glad to welcome him back to teach a workshop on painting interior spaces. Desmond has been professionally painting for 35 years and resides in Denver, Colorado. He is a Master Pastelist with the Pastel Society of America, and is listed in Who's Who in American Art, Who's Who in America, and in the Hall of Fame at the Art Institute of Colorado.

In May 2005, he was inducted into the International Association of Pastel Societies' "Master Circle". In 2018, he was awarded Eminent Pastelist status by IAPS.

"My main focus in the workshop is to explore the art of “Interpreting Light”. This approach can be explored in both landscapes and urbanscapes as well as a variety of other subject matter. I have a very hands-on approach to teaching; working individually with each student.

My workshop begins with a digital slideshow of my pastels including two step-by-steps of works in progress. Lecture topics include “infusing light” and conveying energy with your pastel technique. My workshop is also designed to help you reach the next level in your pastel painting.

Workshop demonstration would emphasize composition, developing technique through a more painterly approach, and the importance of light, values, and contrasts."

- Desmond O'Hagan

Open to students with all painting skill levels, Beginning to Advanced. Class size is limited and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis with priority given to MPS members.


  • Tuesday evening, October 24th, 5 pm - 8 pm Reception and Workshop Introduction
  • Wednesday - Friday, 9 am to 5pm

Receipt of $150 deposit or full payment of $350 will place you on the roster. A confirmation email will be sent to you as soon as your registration is received. First-come, first-served priority will be determined using the postmark of the US Mail Service or date of deposit through PayPal. Accommodations and meals are not included.


ACCOMMODATIONS: If you require hotel accomodations, a room block rate of $152.00 per night is available at the Hilton Garden Inn Gettysburg. Click here for reservation information.

If you have questions, please email