14 seats available

Figure Drawing: Pastel Techniques

Artist-instructor: G Caruso

Format: Online Live (livestreaming with class recordings and instructor feedback).

November 10 – December 8, 2022
– 5x Thursdays
– 6-8pm CET Online
(6pm in Berlin, 12pm in New York, 9am in San Francisco, 5pm in London)

Cost: 160 Euros
(includes 19%VAT)


What to Expect:

Sometimes you are somewhere where you can’t use wet mediums but you still want to study colors… Pastels and colored pencils are your best friends for that. Dry pastels and wax or oil based colored pencils are the most accessible colored medium for your sketchbook practice. You don’t have to mix them or use a brush, they’re just there, ready for you!

During this workshop we will look at how to get the most out of our pastels and pencils and how to work in the most efficient way on tonal/colored paper. We’ll explore different pastel painting techniques and observe how each one can be applied to a variety of subjects or expressive goals when drawing the figure. We will look to art historical examples of pastel works and analyze how the artists achieved specific results.

Pastel painting is an approachable medium, even for beginners.

The direct application, without mixing or use of a brush, facilitates the learning of basic color theory and composition so that you can start experimenting right away. They are a dry media that is capable of producing images as chromatically complex as traditional oil painting. Pastels can produce blended and realistic effects as well as dynamic and vibrant expressive strokes.

Figure Drawing Workshop Series:

This workshop is part of the year-round  Figure Drawing and Painting Workshop Series. See scheduled modules for the entire year HERE. Join at the start of any module! Continuing students receive a 10% discount on consecutive modules.

Our Online Workshop Format:

  • Livestreaming classes take place via online video conference (using Zoom). The instructor conducts live demos with step-by-step instruction so that you can work together in real time. You also have the opportunity to ask questions and get feedback during class time.
  • We keep class sizes small and the atmosphere is interactive and supportive.
  • Finish exercises or practice at your own pace, at home, outside of class time.
  • Receive individual feedback on your completed work and exchange comments and questions with the instructor and your fellow workshop participants in an encouraging environment.
  • Find supplemental material and watch the progress of other participants by visiting the workshop Dropbox folder in between classes.
  • Recordings from each week’s livestreaming session are available in case you miss a class or want to review a demo.