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

Pastel Landscape Course
“Pastel Landscape Mastery” is a video course designed to provide beginner and intermediate students with the most comprehensive approach to drawing landscapes with pastels. Lessons are presented through "easy to understand" sequential lessons that include videos and ebooks. (15 Modules | 14 eBooks)




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.


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.)
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.



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.