"Winter Beach Walk" by class instructor Lana Ballot
"Evening Approaches" by class instructor Lana Ballot
"Sayville Vines" by class instructor Lana Ballot
"Peconic River" by class instructor Lana Ballot
"Stony Brook Winter" by class instructor Lana Ballot
"Ocean Sunset" by class instructor Lana Ballot
"Summer Dune" by class instructor Lana Ballot
"Sunset at Cedar Beach" by class instructor Lana Ballot
"Ugly Duckling" by class instructor Lana Ballot
For those with no or little experience with pastels, this course will be a thorough introduction to this versatile medium. Through a series of exercises we’ll explore different surfaces and materials, learn about color mixing techniques specific to pastels. Progressing from painting simple objects to more complex still life arrangements, we’ll learn to establish the correct color/value relationship and create a strong balanced composition.
Further discussion of the pastel painting techniques and design topics will help intermediate students to take their skills to the next level. Intermediate students can choose to paint from a still life or photo.
Pastels: If you already have some pastels, bring them to the first class, we’ll see if you have enough colors and values to work with.
Option 1 - less expensive, limited value range Rembrandt Soft Pastel Set of 30 (or more, sets of half-sticks have twice more colors for the same price, it’s true with other brands as well, half-sticks are a better way to start) This is a less expensive but more limiting option, particularly rich dark colors are missing. It’s a good quality starter brand, but it remains very useful for the initial stages when slightly harder pastels are needed. The drawback of this set is the lack of really dark and lighter colors (which softer pastel brands provide, see option 2), so you will need to add them later.
Option 2 - costs a bit more but excellent quality and color/value range, good investment A better way to go would be spending a bit more but getting a basic set of hard pastels (they are rather inexpensive) and a set of softer pastels with good range of colors. Both of these sets below would be needed as they complement each other and are used for different stages of the painting:
NuPastel Set of 36, Assorted Colors (hard pastels set, good for initial stages, inexpensive but good quality)
Cardboard Box Set of 80 Half Sticks, Plein Air Landscape set or Assorted Colors set (great brand, has nice rich darks and good range of colors/values). You might be able to get away with a smaller set (e.g. 40) but it’s easier to start with a fuller range of values/colors.