Pastel Pencils Basics

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If you have never picked up and tried out a pastel pencil by Conte a Paris, you are in for a treat! The most common colors are the earth tones that are used most often in figure drawing, but they also come in sets of four or more, in a rainbow of colors. They are useful for details in a drawing, which is not as easy with Conte or pastel sticks (though students will use the sticks to cover broad areas when necessary). The pencil tips are soft enough to blend with a finger but students will also learn how to use a “tortillon” (French for “stump” as it is called here). Our subject matter will include fruits and veggies that students will set up in their working station as well as baked goods and flowers.

Materials Needed:

-Pastel Pencils (Conte a Paris brand recommended)

-Charcoal paper – 11″x14″ (Canson brand recommended of “Charcoal Paper” – white, off-white, gray, dark blue, burgundy. The paper needs to be good quality “rag content” sturdy to hold its own with the pastel)

-Pencil and eraser

-Gray paper stumps (tortillons)

Tracing paper, sheets of clear acetate, or fixative spray to preserve your work 


This class is for ages 14 and up.

Instruction will be provided through the Zoom platform. Students will need to have a webcam and the ability to download zoom on their computer, phone, or tablet. Once registered, students will be sent an e-mail with the Zoom URL to log in to the class. Please provide a viable e-mail address when registering as this is how the link will be sent.


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