The Figure

In it's Environment

Margaret Dyer

October 23 - 27, 2022

Name of Event: 

"The Figure in its Environment"

Medium: Oil & Pastel

Level: All

Location: Studio

  Status: Open

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Rates & Enrollment

Deposit is $450, Balance due 30 days before arrival

Day Student Tuition: $895 +  Materials fee

 5-Day Package*: $1,950 - 2,250* + 11% Tax

* Your 5-Day Workshop Package includes:

 Workshop Tuition, 4 nights of dinner, lodging, breakfast, daily snack breaks, unlimited coffee, tea & seltzer plus welcoming  reception with light appetizers.

You can choose a room to yourself (single occupancy) or double your fun, bring a friend and split a room (double occupancy).

To Learn more about your options ....


The Figure in It's Environment

Margaret Dyer paints people in every-day scenes. In her classes she helps students capture those life-moments. In addition to working with a model from life, Margaret also sets up a photo session for students to photograph the model while she is in motion, giving students a variety of dynamic images to work from during class. 

We will working from life with the model, and from photos taken during a photo shoot. Bring your digital cameras or ipads. Margaret will have a small portable printer with wifi capability and the ability to read your camera’s memory cards. The object of working from photos is to capture the figure in its environment.

View a detailed Class Description plus Materials List  HERE

About Margaret Dyer

"At a moment in 1970, when a model dropped her robe and stood naked in front of a class of wide-eyed eighteen year old art students, I found something in life I loved – the challenge to draw the living, breathing, continuously moving landscape of the human body.


What started out as a challenge quickly became a passion.


Ten years later, when I happened upon Kate Fetterolf's dynamic pastels at a local exhibition, I knew I had discovered my medium.”

After 30 years working in pastels, I've spent the past few years transitioning to oil painting. I wanted a different tactile experience, I was tired of dropping and stepping on expensive pastels (there goes another $6.00), I felt I was doing the same thing over and over again. I wanted to learn to paint. My award at the recent National Oil and Acrylics Painters Society Small Painting Exhibition 2019 for Best Impressionism has been a great encouragement (especially as I look at all my bad paintings sitting in my studio--how much have I spent on canvases and paints and Gamsol and Viva paper towels and latex gloves and workshops and... oy veh.

I have lived in Atlanta, GA, since my family moved from Long Island, New York, in 1960. I attended the Atlanta College of Art at the High Museum and furthered my studies under painters Roman Chatov, Kate Fetterolf and Jim Richards. I have made my living for over 25 years selling my work and teaching.

Master Pastelist with the Pastel Society of America
Masters Circle in the International Association of Pastel Societies
Member of Excellence, Southeastern Pastel Society


Best of Show, American Impressionist Society 2021 Associate Members Exhibition

Honorable Mention, American Impressionist Society 2021 All Members Exhibition

Materials Fee:

See link under Workshop description above


Sample   Agenda **


for Artists Rising Creativity Retreat:

5 Days and 4 Nights

Arrival day, check in at 3pm
5pm: meet your fellow students reception with light dinner


Optional yoga, walking, biking in the morning
Workshop from 9-4 (breakfast & lunch included)

Art Studio available 24/7

Optional yoga, walking, biking  in the morning
Workshop from 9-4 (breakfast & lunch included)

Art Studio available 24/7


Optional yoga, walking, biking in the morning
Workshop from 9 - noon (breakfast included)

Excursion to one of the 169 small towns in Connecticut for touring and lunch and a visit to one of the gardens designed by historic landscape designer, Beatrix Farrand, among the first women to practice landscape architecture in the United States. “A garden, large or small, must be treated in the Impressionist manner,” she once wrote. “Plants are to the gardener what her palette is to the painter.”
Farewell Dinner together in Glastonbury 

Art Studio available 24/7

Optional yoga, walking, biking in the morning
Studio work in the morning, sketching and watercolor on location (breakfast & light lunch included)

Checkout by 1PM


Lots of food, fun, comradery, relaxation, re-winding, Art Studio available 24/7

You can also add an extra day before or after the retreat dates (upon availability)

Other: A complete schedule will be posted as your retreat date nears!

This will be posted in the private Facebook Group which you will be invited to join once you register.

Weather Permitting throughout the week... biking, kayaking or paddle boarding or river excursion, leaf peeping in the Autumn


You will receive an email confirmation and, as time gets closer, more email full of info and goodies.

Here is the payment schedule:

$450 deposit is due at the time of registration. 

Remaining balance is due 30 days before your retreat start date

Pay in Full at time of registration and save $100

Please read our full cancellation policy HERE

** Please note that the Sample Agenda is a sample, meaning exact dates, times or activities can be changed based on weather, scheduling or desires of the group and size of the group.