The January 2019 Beginner Pastel Class is full!

Thank you to all who signed up for this class! You will be receiving an email with location, date and other information so we can confirm your attendance.

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Have you always wanted to try pastels? Have you wondered what pastels to buy, what paper to use, how to get started? Here is your chance! For the second consecutive year, the Pastel Society of Southern California is offering beginner pastel classes for those new to the pastel medium. Don't miss this opportunity to learn from experienced pastel instructors as they guide you through pastel basics: from sketching and composition, to identifying values and creating an underpainting, to  learning about color, surfaces and pastel application techniques, all at no cost to you!

The last class, held on Saturday August 4th, was a great success! Since not everyone was able to get into the August 4th session, there are plans to organize another class in January of 2019. Please sign up to be added to the roster for the next class. Don't delay since these places go quickly, sign up to secure your spot!

Class size is limited to 16 students. Registration is first-come, first-served. Must be new to pastel. All supplies will be provided.


See what students learned in the last class!


DorI Dewberry

Distribute pastels, papers. Discuss different pastels:  hard, medium, soft, different shapes. Discuss different papers, surfaces, making your own papers, toned papers, pastel boxes and organization, gloves.


David Wolfram

Discussion and demonstration of reconstituting and making your own pastels.


Fran Nichols

Discuss pastel mark making: layering, blending, rolling, stutter, strokes. Use of color to show light. Practice exercise of sphere and shadow using color.


Focus on the color spectrum and the optics of the camera .

Bernard Fallon


Demo and discuss creating a loose watercolor underpainting as a foundation and guide in setting rough values, composition, and colors for your pastel paintings.

Paula Brown