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Susan Nicholas Gephart is an award winning pastel and oil painter who has been creating colorful, impressionistic landscapes "plein air" for over forty

years. She works and teaches in all mediums, and welcomes new students of all levels and mediums.

Susan believes in nurturing the "Artistic Spirit" of the individual artist. Learn more about Susan's teaching philosophy in this video.


Contact Susan about Workshops at SNicholas Studios


Email or call Susan


SNicholas Studios

351 E Bishop St.

Bellefonte, PA 16823

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Pastel Expressive Color Workshop

Franklin County Art Alliance

Wed., Oct. 25 - Fri., Oct. 27, 2023

Discover how to see beyond the obvious within the landscape, and use expressive color to capture the essence of mood and light in the earth, water, and sky. You will learn to see the depth of color and create a unique and personally expressive painting in this relaxed and upbeat class experience.

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Plein Air Painting in Nature at


Fri., June 21 & Sat., June 22, 2024

Price: $250

​Susan will be teaching a two-day workshop at Rhoneymeade Arboretum. This is an exceptional location with extensive subject matter, ranging from unique trees, gardens, historic structures, fields, and mountain vistas with Central PA skies. Susan will begin each morning with a short inspirational demo designed to kick-start you into the creative spirit, aid in color expression, and prepare you for plein air set-ups.



Hameau Farm Studio Artist Retreat


Upcoming Hameau Artist Retreats:

Tuesday, Sept. 26 - Saturday, Sept. 30, 2023

Tuesday, May 7 - Saturday, May 11, 2024


Hameau Farm

6364 Pa-655

Belleville, PA 17004

Learn more



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Online Classes in All Mediums

with Susan Nicholas

Group Online Class: $50/two-hour class. Limit of 5 students.


Online Independent Study: $75/hour

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More Info on Online Classes


Join Award-Winning Artist, Susan Nicholas Gephart in an upbeat class discovering how to see beyond the obvious within the landscape or subject of your choice. Learn how to use your photos, sketches, and studies for inspiration to create a finished studio painting. These classes welcome the beginner, and will enrich and challenge the experienced painter.

Classes include a short inspirational demonstration designed to kick-start you into the creative spirit and explore new possibilities. Classes also include personal support by email and videos.​


Susan has been working in pastels since the 1980's, and has a BFA from Penn State University. She is a demonstrator for Sennelier and Jack Richeson art supplies, and has several Signature sets of Richeson Hand-Rolled Soft Pastels.

Susan is also an experienced oil painter, and is a Dedicated Workshop Instructor for Gamblin Oils.

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Polly-Anne, 2023

I need a teacher when I am in class! You were my teacher! You have the gift not only of being an artist but also a damn good teacher with your demo’s!!
Not everyone is gifted to teach, but you are! Hope you will come back!!
You opened me up and I am so grateful for it!
THANK you Susan!! I needed you on my path to start to paint! So much of beauty is in me from seeing and enjoying, but unable to express myself.
You taught me and will teach me how to get it out of me!

Now so much looking forward to come to the farm and meet again!
God bless you!!
Thanks again

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