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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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Seeing Expressive Color
in All Mediums


Fri., March 10 & Sat., March 11, 2023


Discover how to see beyond the obvious within the landscape and use expressive color to capture the essence of mood and atmosphere in sky, water, and more. Whether you work in pastel, oil, or watercolor or acrylic mediums, you will learn to see the depth of color and create a unique and personally expressive painting.

Learn more and register here.

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York Art Association

220 S Marshall St.

York, PA 17402

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Studio to Plein Air at Rhoneymeade


Fri., June 23 & Sat., June 24, 2023

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.

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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Hameau Farm Studio Artist Retreat


Upcoming Hameau Artist Retreats:

Tuesday, May 9 - Saturday, May 13, 2023

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


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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Jim, 2019

I recently had the opportunity to take a painting workshop with Susan Nicholas. I have been an on and off painter for 20 years and felt I was in need of some sort of new focus and direction. Susan provided both great technical instruction as well as some wonderful new thinking about my painting purpose. I came away with spiritual and philosophical insights about my life as an artist as well as new actionable items specific to improving my work. I learned about some great new mediums and materials I did not even know existed! I appreciated the clear passion and caring she brings to her teaching ethics. Not even a downpour caused her to pack it in or shortchange the day's lessons! I would whole-heartedly recommend a workshop with Susan for any painter who feels the need of new nuggets of inspiration and knowledge.

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