Painting with Pastels

For those with little experience with pastels to an experienced painter, this course will be a thorough introduction to this versatile medium with guided practice in application. Through a series of exercises we’ll explore different surfaces and materials, learn about color mixing techniques specific to pastels. Progressing from painting simple objects to more complex still life arrangements, we’ll learn to establish the correct color/value relationship and create a strong balanced composition.

Further discussion of the pastel painting techniques and design topics will help intermediate students to take their skills to the next level. Intermediate students can choose to paint from a still life or photo.



Thursday's 2 - 5 pm

Instructor: Lana Ballot

Time: Thursdays, 2 - 5 PM

Duration: 8 weeks

Price: $480.00

Level: Beginner-Intermediate

Class size: 4-10

**Please check the class calendar for holiday closings and class schedules



Class Time Start Date Duration Artist Instructor Tuition Location

Watercolor Tuesday 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM Jun 02, 2020 4 weeks Bill Graf $ 240.00 Register
Watercolor Tuesday 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM Jun 02, 2020 4 weeks Bill Graf $ 240.00 Register
Portrait and Still Life Painting Wednesday 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM Jun 03, 2020 4 weeks Bill Graf $ 240.00 Register
Pet Portraits Wednesday 2:00 AM - 4:00 AM Jun 03, 2020 4 weeks Linda Catucci $ 180.00 Register
Still Life and Portrait Drawing Thursday 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM Jun 04, 2020 4 weeks Bill Graf $ 240.00 Register
Drawing for Beginners Thursday 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM Jun 04, 2020 4 weeks Bill Graf $ 240.00 Register
Plein Air Figure Drawing Thursday 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM Jun 04, 2020 4 weeks Tyler Hughes $ 310.00 Register
Plein Air Painting Friday 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM Jun 05, 2020 4 weeks Anthony Davis $ 240.00 Register
Fundamentals of Graphic Novel Creation Saturday 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM Jun 06, 2020 4 weeks James Beihl   Register
Alla Prime/Still Life Painting Monday 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM Jun 08, 2020 4 weeks Leeanna Chipana $ 240.00 Register



Pastels: If you already have some pastels, bring them to the first class, we’ll see if you have enough colors and values to work with.

  • Option 1 - less expensive, limited value range Rembrandt Soft Pastel Set of 30 (or more, sets of half-sticks have twice more colors for the same price, it’s true with other brands as well, half-sticks are a better way to start) This is a less expensive but more limiting option, particularly rich dark colors are missing. It’s a good quality starter brand, but it remains very useful for the initial stages when slightly harder pastels are needed. The drawback of this set is the lack of really dark and lighter colors (which softer pastel brands provide, see option 2), so you will need to add them later.
  • Option 2 - costs a bit more but excellent quality and color/value range, good investment A better way to go would be spending a bit more but getting a basic set of hard pastels (they are rather inexpensive) and a set of softer pastels with good range of colors. Both of these sets below would be needed as they complement each other and are used for different stages of the painting:
    • NuPastel Set of 36, Assorted Colors (hard pastels set, good for initial stages, inexpensive but good quality)
    • Cardboard Box Set of 80 Half Sticks, Plein Air Landscape set or Assorted Colors set (great brand, has nice rich darks and good range of colors/values). You might be able to get away with a smaller set (e.g. 40) but it’s easier to start with a fuller range of values/colors.

Pastel Paper:

  • Canson Mi-Teintes Pastel Pads (assorted colors, 9”x12” pad)
  • UArt Sanded Pastel Paper, 400 grade (5-6 sheets, it depends on how fast you work. )


  • Foam Boards 18”x24” (for attaching the pastel paper to them)
  • Glassine (or tracing paper) to protect paintings
  • Pencil 2B or softer
  • Vine Charcoal
  • Sketchbook
  • Artist Masking Tape (1/2” is good)
  • Disposable gloves (better to get vynil gloves in case some have allergy for latex)

Not required but useful tools: Gray Scale and Value Finder Viewfinder (“ViewCatcher” is good) Color Wheel ——————————————————————-