314) Pastels

A wonderful class for both the beginner pastel artist and the intermediate level pastelist, who would like to take his/her work to the next level.  Mostly working from still life set-ups, students will play and grow with this beautiful medium of pastel. The goal is to help you learn and achieve freedom and more confidence in your work.   We will explore the use of color and texture, learn how to create dynamic compositions, strengthen drawing skills, increase movement in your work and experiment with various techniques, such as dry under paintings and different applications of pastel.  All done in a fun, encouraging and relaxed environment. All levels welcome.


1. Pastels-Half sticks are an economical way to purchase: Sennelier, Rembrandt, Unison, Terry Ludwigs, Mount Vision, NuPastels lots of them—pretty and “ugly” colors, with a good selection of values—darks to midtones to lights. (You will ideally want at least a set of 40-60 pastels. More is better!) The Rembrandt half sticks work well with the Canson Mi-teintes paper, but you just need to sand down the side of the pastel for it to apply well. (You can use a bit of the sanded paper to do this or a little fine sandpaper, you can bring some sandpaper into class on the first day) ( You may purchase more than one brand, if you like.) Soft pastel like Sennelier and a hard one like NuPastels work well together. (This is a beautiful set: Sennelier 120 Half Stick Paris Collection, if you feel like investing in a nice set. Shop online for the best deal.)
2. Package of Pastel Paper: Canson Mi-teintes in a midtone color (like Moonstone), and also buy a package of 9” x 12” Pastel Premier Italian Clay (You can purchase this at Jerry’s Artist
Outlet or order online from Dick Blick, Jerry’s Artarama or Cheap Joe’s, etc.)
3. Vine Charcoal or 4B Soft General’s Charcoal Pencils (Can be purchased at Jerry’s Artist Outlet in West Orange, NJ)
4. Kneaded Erasers
5. Small Sketch Pad (about 8 ½” x 11 or so)
6. Foam Core/Smooth Cardboard to lean artwork against while working/ Bull Dog Clips or White Artist Tape to attach artwork.
7. Glassine or Pad of Tracing Paper—to protect pastels in transport and at home before framing.
8. Baby Wipes, if desired, for cleaning hands
9. Paper Towels- To clean pastels
10. Smock to protect clothing
11. Shallow, small tin to hold your working palette of pastels

Additional Information:
No class 4/12. Masks optional.