Painting with Pastels

Our painting classes offer many choices in different mediums, including watercolor, acrylic, pastels, and sponge painting. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced artist, you'll receive plenty of one-on-one attention to help you bring your skills forward by learning a new technique or approach.

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Tues., Oct. 5-26, 6-8 pm / $99 / Four Classes

Instructor: Marlene Steele
In-person at VPC Campus


Pastels are a soft pigmented medium in a crayon-type stick that produces wonderful, velvety rich colors that are blended directly on the paper to produce a beautiful luminosity. In this class, you will learn the techniques specific to pastels including layering, blending, and modeling. Students are encouraged to experiment with toned and textured papers to achieve different values and effect. The class will draw from still life arrangements provided by the instructor.

Supplies (Please purchase and bring to class):

  • Traditional artists' pastels
  • Pastel support paper: mi-tientes drawing layout
  • Vine charcoal
  • Kneadable eraser
  • Chamois or paper towels

About Your Instructor

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Marlene Steele

Marlene is a professional studio artist with 30 years of experience in studio production. She lives and works in Cincinnati, where she creates beautifully rendered portraits and landscapes in pastel, watercolor, and oil.

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