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  • Artistic Colored Pencil Workshop
    October 22, 2020 - December 3, 2020
    9:30 am - 12:00 pm

Artistic Color Pencil with Robin Gray

Class Description

These days colored pencils are being used to create fine art. This class is available to beginning and continuing colored pencil fans. Beginners: We’ll review color mixing theory as it applies to colored pencils, and practice the pressure, blending and burnishing essential to using colored pencils. Continuing students: We’ll practice additional techniques with simple tutorials that may include watercolor and/or the use of non-toxic mediums.


The goal is for all participants to start producing their own artworks. Each session will include demonstrations, slide shows, sharing, and, coloring/practice time. Specific requests for techniques can be accommodated.


Students are responsible to bring their own art supplies:

Prismacolor Premier pencils are “wax based.” They a good pencil for all stages of colored pencil work. Lyra Rembrant Polycolors and Faber Castell Polychromos are “oil based” pencils. They are usually harder than Prismacolor as well as more expensive. You will only need one set of pencils to start. All are available through DickBlick.com or

jerrysartarama.com . They also available as open stock online, so you can start with a less expensive pack of 24 and add to your collection as as time goes by.


Pencil Options (pick one)

Prismacolor Premier, 36 assorted, $31

OR Lyra Rembrant Polycolors, 36 assorted, $37

OR Faber Castell Polychromos, 36 assorted, $50


Paper Options (pick one)

Strathmore Bristol Vellum 300 Series, 9×12, 20 sheets, $10

OR Stonehenge, 9×12, 15 sheets, $14

If you have watercolors and want to use them with colored pencils, you’ll get the best pencil results with hot press watercolor paper. The pencils work well on a smooth surface.



Prisma Colorless Blender Pencil, 2 pack, $2

Note – Lyra Rembrant Polycolors usually come with their own blending pencil.

Finesse Colored Pencil Blender (alcohol based, for use with wax based pencils) $4

Kneadable Eraser and/or White plastic Eraser

Staedtler or Prisma Pencil Grip Two-Hole Pencil Sharpener $5



Tracing paper

Transfer paper



Masking Tape


Please direct questions about materials you own or intend to buy to Robin at robingray021@gmail.com. Pencil brands other than the limited list above may be suitable for the class. Papers other than those listed may suit your needs as well.


Robin Gray began painting as a hobbyist more than a decade ago. Through workshops, experimentation and reading she has become adept in a variety of mediums. She believes that people ‘learn by doing’ and encourages class participants to do just that. She’s exhibited her paintings and drawings at the Senior Center, LeMoyne Arts, TCC, the TMH Rehab Center, and Southern Exposure Art Gallery.



For information about registration please contact Jennifer Haskins   jennifer.haskins@talgov.com


Thank You to our Art Program Sponsor:

Tapestry Walden



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