Stunning Abstracts with Soft Pastels & Mixed Media

                    OCTOBER 31-NOV.1, 2020

Layers upon layers300

     We are going to have a great time working with soft pastels in a variety of experimental ways: underpaintings with acrylics, watercolors or pastels diluted with rubbing alcohol .( No petroleum based solvents) We will be layering  with both dry and wet media. Lots of exuberant mark making on several surfaces! Open to continuing artists of all levels and media- and adventurous beginners who want to explore the versatility of this vibrant medium!  Masks and gloves and social distancing a critical component of this workshop.  Enrollment limited to 10

OCT.31-NOV.1                  Tuition: $ 275 ( $30 additional materials fee )
Sat- Sun 10am-4 pm        Pre-register:  or  text 707-344-2248                Healdsburg Center for the Arts,
Healdsburg Community Center
1557 Healdsburg Ave., Healdsburg, CA



Soft  Chalk Pastels: ( No Oil Pastels)
 1 set Nupastels ( by Prismacolor)
1 set Rembrandts  ( can be set of ½ sticks)
OPTIONAL :Schmincke, Sennelier, or Great American ArtWorks  ( if you are able)

Papers: Surfaces

2 sheets  full size Gesso Primed 140 lb or 300 lb watercolor paper ( both sides)
1 Sheet Colorfix by Art Spectrum Pastel paper 20”x28” or Premier or U Art ( Sanded Pastel Papers or Pastel Mat (From Dakota Pastels) ( OPTIONAL)
10 sheets of hardware grade 320 grit wet/dry sand paper( 8″x10″ ( It is black) ( for warm up exercises)

Paints: Your collection of acrylic paints / colored inks
: An assortment of inexpensive hog bristle brushes that can withstand sanded pastel papers,

Additional materials:

1 pint LiquitexClear Gesso ( has pumice, for priming – only this brand)
70 % isopropyl rubbing alcohol 1 pt.
Trigger sprayer with variable spray ( 8 oz size)
2 “ or wider Masking tape, Bull dog clips , Blending stumps/Q tips
Surgical/protective gloves/ protective hand creme
Utility knife
Drawing board to fit size of paper
Portable easel (optional,) –
Glassine paper for protecting work. and portfolio ( can be   homemade & cardboard) for storing work


Fixative for  pastels ( archival)
Graphite powder and dry pigments,
Additional tools and mediums
Extra mark making tools

Mail Order Suppliers:  Dakota Pastels



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