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Intro to Pastels $60.00 USD  

  • Intro to Pastels
     April 29, 2024 - June 17, 2024
     1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Intro to Pastels

Instructor: Libby Watson

April 29 – June 17 (6 weeks, off May 20, 27)
Mondays, 1 – 3:30 pm

Students will be introduced to principles and techniques of basic firm Pastels drawing (some call it painting) using this media with an emphasis on its formal language, working live & from photographs. Students will become familiar with the tools of pastel drawing/painting and the proper use of the medium. Students will gain knowledge on how to purchase proper tools for continued pastel arts endeavors. Students will learn about pastel types, pastel papers accessories, pastel color theory, and color mixing. Students will learn through class, the fundamentals of pastel drawing/painting technique. The first section of three classes will revolve around this formal training as well as preparing a final project. The last three classes will be the completion of the final project. There will be an amazing slide presentation on artists, members of The Pastel Society of America. Students may choose to utilize their own time to complete their final project based on complexity.

This class is most suitable for students who have completed a drawing class.

Recommended Materials List:
Prismacolor 27050 Premier NuPastel Firm Pastel Color Sticks, 36-Count* (These particular pastels will not break or crumble as easily. Recommended for beginners.)
Conté à Paris 2 Count Pastel Pencils, Black*
Canson Drawing Pad Mi-Teintes, 12″X16″, Colors(sets come in grays or earth tones)*
Kneaded erasers at least 2*
Painters Tape*, you might prefer bulldog clamps (tape is great for keeping edge of paper clean).
1-can Krylon Workable Fixative* (If you know or meet some one in the class-share a can).
Cork Backed Ruler 18”*
Toolbox or Art bag (to tote stuff to class)*
Art Advantage Artist Sketch Tote Board 13×17*
X-Acto Knife*

Nice to have:
Set of blending stumps
Sand paper pencil sharpener
Large metal paper clamps
10-20 Q-Tips
Several old brushes in different sizes to brush away
unwanted pastel

The above items with* are needed for the class but similar items will work. I don’t recommend oil or soft pastels for beginning pastel artists.

Other items you might consider:
Sketch Book
You might like- AFMAT Electric Eraser for Artists (Amazon)
Alvin Mini dusting brush (only if you are sticking with this)
Portfolio 24” x 30” or larger (only if you intend to stick with art)

Most items are available through Michaels and Amazon(cheapest prices). You might also look on Blick Art Supply and Cheap Joe’s, on-line for art supplies. All of these items are not absolutely required. Only the items with* are required.

PDF Intro to Pastels Syllabus


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1400 N Monroe St., Tallahassee, Florida, 32303, United States