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The pursuit of masterly quality and technique is a high priority for Lyn Diefenbach whose work is imbued with a celebration of her faith and of life. Her ability to communicate her ideas has entrenched her as a respected and sought-after tutor, with teaching engagements across the globe (including IAPS in 2015 and 2019).

Lyn is a Master Pastellist with the Pastel Society of Australia and was awarded Eminent Pastellist status in the International Association of Pastel Societies in 2019. Lyn was accepted into the Pastel Society of America as a Signature Member in 2016. She has been featured numerous times in the International Artist, Pastel Journal and Australian Artist magazines.

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Portraits: Loose and Lively

Bright underpainting will get the blood pumping and broad painterly strokes will create the planes of the face. Add some finesse and be left with an energetic outcome which suggests character and captures the likeness. Lyn will give continual insights into her decision making and you can ask plenty of questions along the way.

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The Floral Portrait - Building the Illusion of Reality 

Student Experience Level: All Students

Love Flowers? Enjoy painting? Combine the two passions and learn how to create pastels full of luminosity, dimensionality and light. Lyn will share her extensive knowledge of colour as well as provide you with the technical know-how to create the illusion of reality with pastel.


The building blocks of line, tone, colour and edge will be covered in depth to give you a rich understanding of these key areas. Lyn will provide information on pastels and pastel surfaces as well as application. Enjoy clear, informative demonstrations and individual attention at your easel. You will use your own reference material so you can choose

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Florals: Wow in 2 hours

The surface of a flower is a landscape of hills and valleys, twists and turns, textures and patterns held together in a kaleidoscope of colour. Lyn will demonstrate the illusion of dimensionality, teach how to paint believable shadows, to make it glow and to know when it is finished! Bring your questions for Lyn and enjoy the potential of pastels.

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Portraits Alive!

Student Experience Level: All Students

Do you want to create portraits that breathe character and life? Portraits that convey a presence? Let Lyn show you how…


The workshop covers all aspects of portraiture, focussing on capturing a good likeness. You’ll learn how to manipulate relationships of line, tone, colour and edge to infuse your work with dimensionality and impact. 

Lyn will discuss pastels and pastel surfaces as well as application appropriate to your individual subject. Enjoy clear, informative demonstrations and individual attention at your easel.

One portrait will be done from a photograph of your choice.


Learn how to use a photograph as a painter’s tool and to go beyond its limitations. The techniques that you learn in this class will keep you in good stead when painting from life.

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