Painting the Coastline Pastel Workshop
This three day studio workshop will focus on how to combine different elements of the seascape (waves, sky and shoreline) into dynamic compositions. We will explore textures of the foam and shoreline and practice organizing them in patterns for a better design.
Morning demos will be followed by practice in the afternoon, with help at the easel.
Some previous experience with pastels needed, if you have any questions about this please contact us to discuss it.
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Instructor: Lana Ballot
Time: 10 am - 5 pm
Dates: Friday, July 12 - Sunday, July 14 2019
Class Length: 3 Days
Level: Intermediate (must have previous experience)
Class size: 14
*When registering, be sure to select the "2019 Workshops" semester.
*If you have any difficulties or questions during the registration process, please feel free to call 631-250-9009.
9"x12" is a good size for a workshop.
A few sheets of sketching paper for value studies, white or mid tone gray
UArt Premium Sanded Pastel Paper, 9”x12”, 400 grade
We’ll use neutral UArt paper, 4-5 sheets depending on how fast you work.
I use a combination of harder and softer pastels in my paintings
(If you need to see which brands are considered to be hard or soft, see Dakota Pastels site -
they organized the pastel brands in categories based on how hard or soft they are
I have a list of colors in NuPastels that I use often in underpainting and first layers (see the
section at the bottom of this list. I particularly recommend that you have the colors that are in
If you already have a good selection of Soft pastels, then just make sure that in each main color
family you have at least about 3-4 values (from dark to light) and have warm and cool versions
of colors in those color families. It’s also important to have some nice bright colors as we cannot
mix those if we don’t have them. A few intense dark colors are also great to have (like Terry
If you are rather new to pastels, sets of half-sticks are best option to start with - you’ll get more
colors for the same price. You can add more colors to your set as needed. I recently
collaborated with Jack Richeson & Co. to create my own sets of their handrolled half-stick soft
pastels. My Coastal Palette (80 pieces) is a good set to start with. I included a good range of
blues, greens, turquoise colors (from light to dark values) in this set for painting water in
different locations - from Southern turquoise seas to blue and green waters of the Atlantic and
Pacific oceans. In addition, beautiful browns and neutrals are perfect for painting sand and
rocks. There’s even a splash of bright colors for coastal flowers or those bright beach umbrellas.
Flat synthetic brush - for underpainting, about 3/4" or 1" wide. It can be cheaper synthetic
brush (I will have a few brushes available in class). Here’s the one I’m using for this purpose
A bristle brush (for removing pastels from areas if needed), an old brush is fine. A flat brush
works better for this purpose than a round one. 3⁄4” or 1” is good. This brush should always stay
Gray Scale Value Finder - since we are working with values all the time, it’s helpful to have this
Soft Charcoal Pencil or vine charcoal for small sketches, plus white charcoal or white
Nupastel for highlights if you do your value studies on gray paper.
Pencil sharpener - you might need it if you are using pencils.
Tracing paper or glassine - to cover the finished work.
A small foam board - to tape your paper to when you are working and to carry it safely,
16” x 20” should be fine.
Gloves if you can work in them, or at least Baby Wipes for clean up.
*NuPastels (separate colors):
Bottle Green 298
Spruce Blue 305
Prussian Blue 295
Ceylon Blue 365
Azure Blue 255
Iron Blue 225
Dark Green 278 or Hookers Green 228
Olive Green 248 or Citrine Green 318
Smoke Green 368
Ultramarine Blue 265
Indian Red 263
Burnt Orange 222
Deep Cad Yellow 257
Madder Pink 286
Orchid Pink 306
Red Violet 234
Carmine Madder 206
Hyacinth Violet 254
I suggest that you definitely have those colors.
NuPastels are less expensive and they are great in the beginning of the painting, so I
recommend you get at least some of these, particularly the darker colors, and some of the