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Pastel Lessons

Learn how to paint and draw with soft pastels, oil pastels, and pastel pencils.
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Pastel Landscape Mastery
Master landscapes with pastel.

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15 Lessons | 3 Hours | 14 Ebooks

PASTEL TECHNIQUES


Pastel Drawing Tips
10 of my very best tips for drawing and painting with soft pastels.
Pastel Drawing Materials
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Learn the tools of the trade in pastel landscape drawing in this members only video series.
Pastel Techniques
Learn three different approaches to drawing with pastels including the techniques of blending, scumbling, and feathering.

PORTRAITS / FIGURE


Portrait with pastels and pastel pencils
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Learn how to draw a portrait with pastels and pastel pencils in this complete lesson series.
How to Paint a Realistic Eye
Learn how to paint a realistic eye using Rembrandt pastels in this complete guide that includes images and a HD video demonstration.
How to Draw with Pastel Pencils eye
Learn how to draw with pastel pencils in this video tutorial.
Pastel portrait lesson - excerpts
Learn how to draw a realistic portrait of a woman with soft pastels in this free drawing lesson.
Pastel portrait lesson - Full Demo
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Learn how to draw a portrait with soft pastels in this two part video series.
How to draw lips
Learn how to draw realistic lips with pastels in this lesson.
Oil Pastel Portrait From Live Lesson
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Draw a realistic portrait using oil pastels in this full length recorded live lesson.
Expressive oil pastel portrait lesson
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Learn how to manipulate color to create an expressive portrait with oil pastels in this full length video demonstration.

LANDSCAPE


How to Paint a tree with Pastels
Learn how to paint a tree with pastels by focusing on the shapes of value and color. Learn how to edit your photo reference to make this process a little easier.
In this timed sketching exercise, we’ll tackle a challenging subject in color. The goal is to draw the entire image from start to finish in just 30 minutes using PanPastels and colored pencils. "Getting' Sketchy" is recorded Live, but you can catch the recording and take on the sketching challenge yourself. (Photo reference included.)
Pastel Sketch - Autumn Tree
Paint a loose and colorful Autumn tree with pastels and use matte medium to create an underpainting.
Oil Pastel Landscape Lesson Series
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Learn how to draw/paint an Impressionistic landscape with oil pastels in this lesson series.
Oil Pastel Landscape Series
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A series of recorded Live Lessons on painting a landscape with oil pastels.
How to draw a winter landscape with pastels
Learn how to draw a winter landscape with pastels in this lesson. Make colors stand out against a field of white.
Dramatic Sunset with Pastels
Paint a dramatic sunset scene with pastels in this lesson that focuses on the sky and the illusion of light.
Landscape Painting with Pastels
Learn how to paint a landscape with soft and hard pastels using a structured and ordered approach of applying color.
PanPastel Landscape Tutorial
Learn how to paint a landscape using PanPastels in this drawing/painting demonstration.
PanPastel and Soft Pastels
Take advantage of the strengths of PanPastels and traditional soft pastels to create a landscape painting.
PanPastel Landscape Lesson Series
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A series of recorded Live Lessons on painting a landscape with PanPastels.
Secrets to Drawing Soft Pastels
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Learn how to draw a seascape with pastels in this course module from "The Secrets to Drawing".
Secrets to Drawing Oil Pastels
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Learn how to draw a landscape with oil pastels in this lesson that covers the basics of oil pastel painting.
Paint Quickly with Pastels
Learn how to paint quickly with pastels.  Tips for creating a developed painting in a short amount of time.
How to Draw Water Ripples with Oil Pastels
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Learn how to use oil pastels to create the illusion of water ripples in this recorded Live Lesson.
Finding the Right Mark with Pastels
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How to find the right mark to create different textures with pastels.
How to draw waves with chalk pastels
Learn how to draw ocean waves in this tutorial in the medium of chalk or soft pastels.
How to draw clouds with pastels
Learn how to draw clouds in a pastel landscape in this tutorial.
PanPastel Exploration
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A look at a few techniques for applying the new medium of PanPastels - recorded from a live lesson.
Atmospheric Perspective with Pastels
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Learn how to create the illusion of space using atmospheric perspective in this course module.
How to draw a sky with pastels
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Learn how to draw a brilliant sunlit sky in this course module.
How to draw trees with pastel
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Learn how to draw trees in a pastel landscape in this course module.
How to draw rocks with pastels
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Learn how to add rocks to a pastel landscape drawing in this course module.
How to draw architectural elements with pastels
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Learn how draw architectural elements in a pastel landscape drawing in this course module.
How to draw water with pastels
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Learn how draw water with pastels in this course module.
Silhouettes in pastel drawing
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Learn how silhouettes can be used to create focal points and enhance contrast in a landscape drawing.
Dry wash technique with pastels
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Learn how to add large qualities of pigment using the dry wash technique in this course module.
Wet wash technique with pastels
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Learn how water can be added to soft pastels to create unique effects in this course module.
Scumbling with pastels
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Learn the technique known as "scumbling" in which opaque, but light applications of pastels are applied to the surface.
Feathering technique with pastels
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Learn the technique known as “feathering” in which short strokes of pastel are layered to create depth in color tone and texture.
Oil pastel landscape lesson
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Learn how to use oil pastels to create a landscape painting.
Basic pastel landscape lesson
Learn how to draw the landscape with chalk or soft pastels in this free drawing lesson video.
Oil pastel landscape with trees lesson
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Learn how to use oil pastels loosely to create an Impressionist landscape. 

ANIMALS


Pastel Butterfly Lesson Series
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Learn how to draw a butterfly with pastels and pastel pencils in this eight-part live lesson series.
Pastel pencils on black paper
Learn how to use pastel pencils on black paper to create a high contrast drawing in this lesson that features an image of a goldfish.
Pastel lesson - Quick sketch of a bird
Create a quick sketch of a bird using various forms of pastels.
Pastel Pencils - Bird Lesson
Create a drawing of a bird in this lesson on pastel pencils.
How to draw a rooster
Learn how to draw a rooster in this lesson that combines pastels and pastel pencils.
How to draw a cat with pastels
Learn how to draw a cat in this lesson that explores the use of pastel pencils and traditional soft pastels.
How to draw a horse with pastels
Learn how to draw a horse with pastels by layering multiple applications of tones and colors.
How to draw an owl with pastels
Learn how to draw an owl with pastel pencils in this video demonstration and step by step breakdown.
Conte drawing of a bird drawing lesson
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Learn how to draw a bird using conte in this full length video demonstration.
Conte lesson - bird drawing time lapse
Time lapse of a conte drawing of a bird from a recorded live lesson.
Dog portrait with oil pastels excerpts
Learn how to draw a dog portrait using oil pastels in this tutorial that features excerpts from a 2 hour lesson.
Dog portrait lesson full deomonstration
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Watch as oil pastels are used to create a convincing portrait of a dog in this two part series.

STILL LIFE


Pastelmat paper review and demonstration
Is Pastelmat paper right for you? Find out in this comprehensive review and drawing lesson.
Pastel still life lesson
Keep your pastel drawings fresh by limiting your blending and using bold colors. Learn how in this still life lesson.
Simple Still Life with Pastels Tutorial
Learn how to layer and blend pastels to develop a simple still life in this lesson.
How to Draw With Pastel Pencils
Learn how to draw a still life with pastel pencils in this video tutorial.
Pastel Pencils Lesson Carrots
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Learn how to use pastel pencils to create a still life of carrots. (4 Videos.)
Pastel pencils still life lesson - Flowers
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Learn how to use pastel pencils to create a still life of flowers. (2 Videos.)
Still life lesson - Apples Pastels
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Learn how to paint a quick pastel still life using Rembrandt pastels in this recorded live lesson.
Oil Pastel Still Life Lesson Series
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Learn how to draw a still life with oil pastels in this two part video series.
How to use oil pastels
Learn how to draw with oil pastels in this demonstration of a drawing of a pear.
Oil Pastel Lesson - Apple Drawing
Learn the basics of oil pastels in this simple tutorial that features a drawing of an apple.
How to draw glass with oil pastels
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Take a look at drawing transparent glass with oil pastels.
Abstract Drawing with Oil Pastels Lesson
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Learn how to approach abstract drawing with oil pastels in this recorded live 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.