Recommended Materials for Indoor Pastel Classes
(Daily demos and plenty of at-easel assistance)
(We will be working from photos or previous outdoor sketches)
–pastels: as many as possible from hard to soft (student grade and Nu-pastel alone are not sufficient). Think of colors you might like to use in your scenes. Rembrandt, Girault, Sennelier, Holbein, Great American, Art Spectrum, Schmincke, Unison, etc.
–pastel paper: something with “tooth” to it, toned or white. (preferably more substantial than Canson paper) LaCarte, Art Spectrum, Canson Touch, Uart, Pastel Premier, etc. For quick paintings, I use these sizes: 12 x 12, 12 x 16 and 8 x 18. Bring precut whatever sizes youʼre comfortable with. A border is often useful to tape down the paper.
–Turpenoid (unscented turpentine) NOT Turpenoid Natural, and a small bottle to put it in (can be shared between students) or rubbing alcohol 91%
–an inexpensive paint brush, maybe half inch wide, flats are best
–a pastel pencil to sketch your scene out with
–sketch pad and graphite pencil
–an old tooth brush or bristle brush to erase with
–photos to work from, the bigger the better. If a beginner, I suggest something simple. Photos on laptops are fine. I also have a big box of photos you can choose from.
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