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Drawing Fundamentals - Soft Chalk Pastel

Learn how to use soft chalk pastels to add dimension and vibrant color to your drawings in this free starter course. Whether this is your first time using pastels or you could use a refresher, this fundamentals class will get you ready for even more.

In this instructional video, Katie starts with the basics of preparing your pastels for first-time use. You will see how the simple nature of pastels allows you to have fun while learning some important fundamentals for your artistic journey. Get an introduction to the color wheel and how it is used as you make choices in your art. Add to your art skills toolbox by better understanding blending, color theory, gradation, and creating a 3-dimensional object using highlights and shadows.

Topics covered:

  • Prepare pastels for use
  • Color wheel choices, primary and secondary colors
  • Applying gradation
  • Introduction of blending, shadowing, and highlighting
  • Create a 3-dimensional ball
  • The use of hairspray “Fixative” to seal the artwork
Your Instructor

Katie Hemphill

Katie connects with her students in a way that allows them to express themselves freely as creative and confident individuals. Her goal is to guide each and every student through their artistic journey to unleash their own creative spirit.

While running an art studio for over 10 years, Katie has helped many students find their own individual self-expression. Studio H was started as a gathering place for learning the fine arts. It is not just about the art, as individuals will grow on their journey and come to learn more about themselves. Katie’s teaching is now available as online video lessons so that you can take your artistic journey from anywhere.

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2 Ways to Get Started

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Drawing/Pastel: Drawing Fundamentals

Trial course - introduction to Studio H