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Pastel Painting Techniques

Instructor: Nancy Freeman
"Cabbages and Things" by Nancy Freeman
"Cabbages and Things" by Nancy Freeman

Soft pastels have such vivid colors, and have a fast and forgiving nature. This class provides an understanding of the concepts and techniques of pastel painting for all levels of experience. Students explore different subjects, textures, papers, and application techniques. Novices will learn the basics, while experienced students will develop their personal style and gain a deeper understanding of the medium.

This class will meet on Zoom.


For more information, contact The Art League School at 703-683-2323.

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Class Supplies

Pastel Painting Supplies

This kit of supplies is available for purchase here, and can be shipped for a fee, or picked up curbside. The kit includes the underlined items. Please indicate in the notes section of your order if you would like to schedule curbside pick-up, or if you need your kit mailed to you. Please contact us at store@theartleague.org if you would like to purchase a selection of items different than the kit.

The store hours are 11am – 5pm, Wednesday through Sunday. Call here: 703-548-8127. 

Pastel Painting, Beginning-Advanced with Nancy Freeman


Since pastel colors cannot be “mixed” to make colors in the same way that paints can, it is good to have a complete range of colors and values of pastel. A good place to start is the 96-color set of NuPastels. These have a good range and are versatile, although on the harder side. As for paper, you can’t go wrong with Canson Mi-tientes in Steel Gray, but any mid-value neutral color paper with good tooth is fine. Avoid light colored or white papers. Also bring a sketchbook or other inexpensive scrap paper. Bring any other pastels or pastel pencils you already have, and we will discuss materials more at the first class.

In addition, some artist’s tape or clips for securing the paper to the board, a stiff bristle brush or two, (I use old stiffened oil paint brushes), some snug disposable gloves, a charcoal pencil, and a ruler can be handy.

A drawing board

The kit includes the underlined items.

Cost is $184.70 plus sales tax of $11.08 for a Total = $ 195.78

Please contact us at store@theartleague.org if you would like to purchase a selection of items different than the kit.








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