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Painting with Pastels

  • All Hands Workshops 514a Front Street Santa Cruz United States (map)
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Learn to paint with the vibrancy of the pastel medium. This 4 hour workshop will introduce you to the world of pastels and their beautiful versatility.

In this workshop, we will:

  • create up to three small works on the theme of spring. Paint a bird or a nest of robins eggs or a spring landscape or all three!

  • experiment with mark making

  • learn about different supports and types of pastels

  • go over composition techniques and color theory

The following supplies are included:

  • 2 pieces of 9 x 12 Uart sanded pastel paper

  • 2-4 pieces of Canson pastel paper

  • 1 8x10 mat frame for a 5x7 painting with backing board and clear plastic bag

You should bring:

  • a set of soft pastels artist professional quality

    Recommended sets include (available on Amazon):

    • Rembrandt 30 or 60 half sticks assorted colors

    • Sennelier 40 half sticks assorted colors

You will go home with:

  • a completed pastel painting framed with a mat and backing board and protective clear bag for display

  • new knowledge about the pastel medium

  • a booklet with information about materials and where to buy them as well as info on the pastel world in the US....magazines, societies as well as Donna’s favorite artists in this field


Participants may wish to bring an apron and latex gloves to protect their clothes and hands. This can be a messy medium!


Donna Theresa

Donna Theresa came to her current artistic fervor following the first stroke of a soft pastel stick on paper in a community college class. Working in the pastel medium started out slowly but has since grown into a daily professional practice. Donna Theresa is a mother of college aged children and a former nurse. While largely self taught, Donna Theresa has also learned directly fromn from master pastelist Marla Baggetta and has juried into a number national pastel exhibitions.
Donna Theresa is primarily drawn to landscapes, but is also inspired by figures and the occasional still life.
Viewing life through artist’s eyes has brought great joy her. It is with gratitude that she shares this joy with you.



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