Pastel Painting

Mary Klunk

Monday, 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm

1/8/2018- 1/29/2018

2/5/2018- 3/5/2018 (no class Feb 26)

3/12/2018- 4/2/2018

4 weeks: $85 members/$106 non-members

Learn techniques for successful Pastel Painting. Work with an instructor experienced in the use of Pastels to depict portraits, still life, and/or figure studies. Instruction will consist of (1) selection of materials to use for successful pastel paintings, (2) demonstrations of various techniques to use with Pastels, (3) arrangement of objects for still life subjects, (4) importance of use of light to define form, (5) students may work from a still life supplied by instructor OR from a still life they supply. Instructor will work with each student individually in their area of need. If enough student interest, we will use one class to work with a live model.

Beginners welcome as well as experienced artists wishing to polish their skills.


Students responsible for materials appropriate for Pastel. Instructor will demonstrate use of materials in class.

Pastel chalks – Soft and Hard pastels recommended, these can be supplemented with pastel pencils if desired. Oil pastels not recommended for this class. Half and/or full size pastel sticks are appropriate.

Paint colors – white, cadmium yellow light, medium, and dark; cadmium red light, yellow ochre, burnt sienna, raw sienna, alizarin crimson, raw and burnt umbers, cobalt blue, ultramarine blue. You may want to have more than one value of each color. Most starter sets have a good selection of colors to begin with. The greater variety of colors the better.

Kneaded eraser, Terry cloth towel, tortillons, paper stumps, drawing board, bull dog clips to fasten pastel papers to board.

Pastel papers or pastel pad. You can purchase individual sheets of pastel paper; you want paper with tooth to grip the chalks. Colored paper is preferred to white papers. Try using warm and cool tones and learn how the color background can affect the mood of the painting. You may want to experiment with sanded pastel papers.


Instructor is an accomplished artist with a Master’s Degree in Education from Loyola University, a BS degree from Towson University majoring in Art, study at the Maryland Institute of Art and the Mitchell School of Fine Arts in Baltimore, Maryland. Instructor has over 20 years of experience teaching Painting and Drawing in various mediums at college level and has worked as an Art Therapist with diverse populations. Artist website available at