Soft Pastels Drawing Courses overview

The Soft Pastels Course offers a comprehensive exploration of the vibrant and expressive medium of soft pastels. Starting with a foundation in graphite drawing, the course delves into color theory, teaching students about hue, value, and chroma, and how to mix and blend pastels for a wide range of colors. It covers the basics of light and shadow, value studies, and special techniques like layering, scumbling, and blending to create depth and realism. 

Students will learn about the importance of edges and how to use them effectively in their compositions. The course also includes practical exercises in monochrome drawing, impressionism, and realism, focusing on still life and landscape subjects. With a focus on developing both technical skills and artistic expression, this course is designed to help students master the art of soft pastels and create stunning, lifelike artworks.

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Embark on a journey of delicate beauty with our soft pastels painting course. Explore the versatile medium, refine techniques, and receive expert guidance to create stunning pastel masterpieces. Join us and unleash your artistic potential.

  • Special Techniques

    Layering: Students will learn how to build up layers of pastel to create rich, vibrant colors and textures in their artworks.

    Scumbling: The course will cover the technique of scumbling, where a light, broken touch is used to create soft, textured effects.

    Dragging: Students will practice using the side of a pastel stick to create broad, sweeping strokes, adding dynamic movement to their compositions.

  • Study of Edges:

    Types of edges: Understanding the different types of edges (hard, soft, lost) and how they can be used to create depth, focus, and movement in pastel drawings.

    Using edges effectively: Practical exercises in using edges strategically to enhance the composition and realism of pastel artworks.

  • Monochrome Drawings

    In this section of the course, students will be introduced to the concept of monochrome drawings, which involve using only one or two colors. The simplicity of the color palette allows students to focus more intently on the fundamentals of value and form. They will learn how to create a range of tones and shades using a limited color scheme, which is essential for depicting the three-dimensional form of the subject. This exercise helps students understand the importance of light and shadow in creating depth and volume in their artworks, without the added complexity of multiple colors.

  • Impressionism and Realism in Still Life and Landscape

    Impressionistic Techniques:

    Students will explore the impressionistic style, which is characterized by loose, vibrant strokes that capture the essence of a scene or subject rather than its detailed representation. They will learn how to use soft pastels to create quick, expressive strokes that convey movement, light, and atmosphere. This approach encourages students to focus on the overall mood and impression of the scene, using color and texture to evoke emotion and convey the artist's personal interpretation of the subject.

  • Realistic Drawings

    Building on the realistic techniques learned earlier, this section of the course will delve into advanced methods for achieving even higher levels of realism in pastel drawings. Students will explore techniques for creating fine details, such as individual hairs, delicate textures, and subtle variations in color. They will learn how to use soft pastels to render realistic textures, from the smoothness of a polished surface to the roughness of tree bark. The course will also cover advanced shading and blending techniques to create smooth gradients and transitions, essential for creating lifelike representations of subjects in pastel.