Intermediate Pastels

"Live" Workshops

-Beginner Drawing: UNDERSTANDING mediums and techniques

-Beginner portraiture: techniques to capture a likeness 

-beginner Procreate: Learning Tools & Tricks

-Beginner Pastels: UNDERSTANDING Pastels and APPLICATIONS  

-intermediate Pastels: using archival & sanded papers

All classes taught "Live" by: Kelly Bandalos

for customer support, Call Kelly at: (631) 731-3698

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Spaces are LIMITED              Classes are Forming for the Fall of 2022.              (4)-Week Course $220.00

INTERMEDIATE PASTEL DRAWING: Wet Technique Pastel on Sanded Paper

   This (4)-week course, is an advanced pastelists workshop to understanding the process of painting on sanded paper using the wet technique. This course is set up as a workshop for advanced pastel artists to learn a different technique of archival pastel processing.  We will be working with a still life until the last class where we will work with a human model.  



This first week Kelly will do a demonstration of how to start a wet pastel painting with an underpainting.   Understanding your necessary art supplies and what they are used for.  You will begin understanding underpainting colors to enhance the final painting We will start with a simple still life with specific lighting.  We will spend time at the end discussing each artist’s work & how to improve it via critique. 


This week you will work from another still life and expand on the process of the wet technique.   We will learn how to correct mistakes and change whole compositions if necessary. We will learn how to blend colors with the use of blending tools. 


During this week, you will expand on techniques for building your painting layers and when to stop! We will layer a few pieces and work with fixative and the alcohol mix to create final finished pieces.  We will “over work” a sample piece to give you the real understanding of overworking pastels and when too much, is too far. Pastels are very delicate and sometimes it doesn’t take much to go one step too far and ruin a piece you have worked on for months. 


This last week, you will work with a model to create skin tones and understanding lines, blocking color and building textures. This final week we will work with lighting to create a dramatic effect in both light and color. Learning with your under-painting to block out your drawing and you will learn how to create dramatic effects and techniques to show your best piece, understanding color and contrasting color helps to build effect on your final piece.  At the end of the last class, you can choose your favorite pastel, we will then critique that piece with the rest of the class’ work and look at your progress. 

   Your next step is to take an open studio to spend time on your specific work with long figure poses or a long still life work with supervision to help fix or avoid mistakes. A specific materials list will be given before each class. 

MATERIALS: Please bring all your materials to class every week

   -(1)-charcoal pencil (medium) pastel pencils in various colors (approximately 8 light to dark colors) 

   -rough newsprint pad (18x24”) 

   -kneaded eraser 

   -blending tools  foam brushes - makeup blending tools - grey paper stubs  - rubber tipped brushes 

   -drawing clipboard 

   -several sticks of soft color pastel (basic set) and your choice of soft pastels which you may already own.

   -archival sanded paper  

      -(2) large size pieces of sanded pastel paper 

      -(1)-pad of (9x12”) sanded pastel paper 

   -workable fixative 

   -small Spray bottle 

   -rubbing alcohol

Materials can be ordered online at: Dakota Pastels or picked up at: Dick Blick located in Carle Place, 11514

Child classes are held M-F at: Art & Soul Studios in Nesconset, 11767

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