Dive into the world of pastels! In this complete four-part course, Julie Donaldson will take you through all the basic pastel techniques. You will explore how to work with dry and soft pastels in pencil and stick format. To begin you will be working with 3D shapes, first in shades of grey, then in primary colours to create skin tones. Then, you will create simple landscapes, and finally, a portrait. Join her and get creative every Monday for four weeks: March 27th and April 3rd, 10th and 17th.
Workshop 1: Skin Tones
Workshop 2: Easy Landscapes I
Workshop 3: Easy Landscapes II
Workshop 4: Portrait
The perfect opportunity to unleash your creativity and master this classic medium in all its dimensions.
Open to beginners.
Ages 15 to 99.
*This workshop is recorded (you will receive the video link 48 to 72 hours after the workshop)
Workshop 1: Skin Tones (Monday, March 27th)
In Workshop 1, you will explore pastel blends using shades of grey and primary colours to achieve skin tones. As you create, Julie will also introduce you to all the necessary materials: papers and pastels. You will explore several techniques such as gradients and 3D shapes, as well as blending to obtain skin tones using primary and muted colours. Quick creatives will also get a chance to create a greyscale ear with colour!
Workshop 2: Easy Landscapes I (Monday, April 3rd)
In Workshop 2, you will explore how to create a landscape by simplifying the subject matter to highlight the essential and create a mood. You will first work in greyscale, then move on to colouring, fading and gradation, atmospheric perspective and colour harmony in a landscape.
Workshop 3: Easy Landscapes II (Monday, April 10th)
In Workshop 3, you will create two new easy landscapes in order to cement the knowledge you acquired in Workshops 1 and 2. Skies will be more complex, as there will be more detail in the clouds.
Workshop 4: Portrait (Monday, April 17th)
In Workshop 4, you will create a checkerboard pattern to reproduce a 3D face. Julie will provide techniques for visualising features, shapes and angles. The portrait will first be done in shades of grey and then in colour. This method provides an excellent understanding of values and parallels between greyscale and colour. You will also work on fine details and adjusting accurateness and expression. Finally, Julie will explain how to set and frame your work.
List of materials to bring:
✓ Rembrandt® soft pastel kit (minimum 10 half sticks)
✓ Faber-Castell® Pitt pastel pencils (grey shades, #199, 181, 233, 230 and 101)
✓ Canson® Mi-Teintes paper (shades of grey or assorted colours, 12 x 16 in)
✓ Kneadable eraser
✓ Drawing board and paper clips to secure your paper
✓ Vertical easel
✓ X-Acto precision knife
✓ Green low-tack masking tape
✓ Reference document