Drawing with Pastels (five-session immersive workshop)

Explore the rich and vibrant medium of pastel drawing. Learn different application techniques like blending and cross-hatching to create still-life, landscape, and self-portrait drawings. Experiment with using pastels combined with other media like charcoal and gouache, while learning about color and design. First hour of each class will include lecture and demonstration, in the second hour there will be time to work on your own projects with opportunities for questions and discussion.

Special Notes
This is an online class hosted through Zoom. We recommend that you download the free Zoom application on your computer, phone, or tablet in advance of the first class. Within 48 hours of registration, you will receive a confirmation email containing a link to join the course via Zoom. The same link will be used each week.

Tuition Assistance is Available
To make our classes and workshops accessible to everyone, Fleisher offers tuition assistance every term so that everyone can join our creative community. We have recently streamlined the application process, making it even quicker and easier. Tuition assistance applications can be completed once registration is open by clicking here. The deadline to apply is Monday, November 16.

What you will learn:

  • The difference between pastel pencil, hard pastel, and soft pastel

  • Color: analogous color, complementary color, contrast

  • Application techniques: blending, layering, cross-hatching

  • Techniques for using pastels in combination with other media (gouache and charcoal)

Required supplies:

  • Sargent Art Soft Pastels- set of 12

  • Mi-teintes Pastel Pad- Assorted colors (12x 16 inch, 24 sheets)

  • Soft cloth for blending, spray fixative

  • Gouache, watercolor, or acrylic paint

  • Stick of vine or compressed charcoal for experimentation

  • Hard pastels and pastel pencils are highly recommended but not required. It’s possible to purchase pencils individually for experimentation, rather than a full set, in addition to the soft pastel set that is required