Pastel Fundamentals – Class Notes from 9/24/08

study of apple, pastel on colored paper

study of apple, pastel on colored paper

study of apple, pastel on colored paper

study of apple, pastel on colored paper

study of apple, pastel on colored paper

study of apple, pastel on colored paper

Concepts presented:

  • Support surfaces: 
    • Canson or any type of color paper suitable for pastel or charcoal
    • Sanded pastel papers such as LaCarte, Art Spectrum, Wallis, U-Art, designed for working in layers, these papers have a tooth that holds the pastel on the surface
  • Process:
    • start out with hard pastels then add medium and soft layers
    • Begin with a sketch in charcoal to work out composition and values
    • Work from dark to medium to light when working with colors
    • If you are new to pastels, try working on some simple studies to get used to the medium
    • Use complementary colors for shading, try to work with a limite palette
    • Stay loose and try not to over blend, let the strokes of the drawing be seen

For next week: I will bring in a still life set up, you are also welcome to bring in photos to work from or your own objects to set up if that is your preference.

Miscellaneous: There are 3 spaces open in this class which runs for 12 weeks, please call the Visual Arts Center at 908-273-9121 if you would like to register.

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