Pastel Lessons

Learn how to paint and draw with soft pastels, oil pastels, and pastel pencils.
Pastels layer quickly, provide bold color, and are portable. Somewhere between drawing and painting, pastels allow the artist to create an image that resembles a painting through a process that is clearly drawing. Many pastel options are available to the artist - oil pastels, soft and hard pastels, and pastel pencils - each with their own set of characteristics, advantages, and disadvantages.

Pastel Landscape Course
Pastel Landscape Mastery

A complete course on drawing landscapes with pastels.

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PASTEL TECHNIQUES


PORTRAITS / FIGURE


Pastel portrait lesson - excerpts
Learn how to draw a realistic portrait of a woman with soft pastels in this free drawing lesson.
How to draw lips
Learn how to draw realistic lips with pastels in this lesson.

LANDSCAPE


Paint Quickly with Pastels
Learn how to paint quickly with pastels.  Tips for creating a developed painting in a short amount of time.
Basic pastel landscape lesson
Learn how to draw the landscape with chalk or soft pastels in this free drawing lesson video.

ANIMALS


STILL LIFE


Pastel still life lesson
Keep your pastel drawings fresh by limiting your blending and using bold colors. Learn how in this still life lesson.
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Pastels come in a variety of forms including soft pastels, hard pastels, oil pastels, and pastel pencil. They can be used on a variety of surfaces including paper, canvas, masonite, and illustration board.  Pastel drawings can resemble paintings when complete and sometimes are refereed to as "paintings", although the process is decidedly a drawing process.  The medium is considered a traditional medium for creating art. 

Pastels are applied to surfaces using many different techniques that can produce a wide variety of effects and results.  Quality can vary greatly from brand to brand, and is usually reflected in the price.