Introduction to Working in Pastels with Chris Witkowski, June 19-21

Introduction to Working in Pastels with Chris Witkowski, June 19-21



Please Note: Competent drawing skills are needed for this class

Working in chalk pastel falls somewhere between drawing and painting. The artist handles the medium as a drawing tool but uses the principles of painting to execute the finished piece. Its immediacy, wide range of luscious colors, and ease of application make is accessible to artists of all levels. A respected medium in its own right, it also functions as a great way to move towards painting in oils or acrylics.

Join me for this 3-day workshop in the basics of using chalk pastels. Through sampling, demos and lectures, you will learn about different types of pastels: pastel pencils, hard to soft pastels including different brands, the many substrates and supports available and how to protect your art. And of course, how to create a gorgeous richly colored pastel!

Materials: Bring any chalk pastels you have to class. I primarily use hard pastels for most of my work, using soft pastels for highlights and finishing touches and I will have many for you to try. If you are starting from scratch, I recommend Prismacolor NuPastel sets. The full set of 96 is preferable, but nothing smaller than the set of 48. Dick Blick is a good place to get these for a really good price.

I will provide the paper and a way to transport your work when completed. Please bring an apron or wear clothes you don’t care about and a dust mask. If the weather permits, we may end up outside for some plein air pastel time.


NOTE: Olympic Art & Office and Quimper Mercantile offer 10% discount for PTSA students.

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