Pastel Painting the Figure

Explore the process of painting the figure. Learn from demonstrations on color mixing, application techniques, examples of figure studies, and have ample time to experiment. We will use soft pastels, oil pastels, and oil sticks, and incorporate solvents for some techniques. An overview of anatomy will help you consider the figure holistically, and render more lifelike portraits. We will work with live models.

Special Notes

This is an in-person class which will take place onsite at Fleisher. Please review our COVID-19 community safety policies for current guidelines.

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. Tuition assistance applications can be completed once registration is open by clicking here. The deadline to apply for winter term assistance is Wednesday, November 23; Notifications will be sent by Wednesday, December 7.

What you will learn:

  • Understand basic anatomy

  • Experiment with soft pastels, oil pastels, and oil sticks

  • Paint from observation

  • Learn thumbnail drawings

Required supplies:

  • Student grade set of oil pastels

  • Small container of odorless turpentine

  • Soft pastel set

  • Pencils

  • Erasers

  • Pastel paper pad

  • Newsprint pad