Portraits in Pastel
or Pastel Pencils
(Mar. 2018)

Discover a new approach to capturing portraits in pastel. Ideal for anyone interested in portraiture or figure drawing! By the end of this class, you will have a basic understanding of how to make a realistic portrait working from a live model and identify the advantages and shortcomings of working from a reference photograph. You will discover the secret to the subtle differences in skin color and its undertone.

Artwork by Christy Olsen

Learn how to work on toned paper, control your values, and enhance your edges with specific pastel techniques. Through demonstration, lecture, group feedback, and plenty of one-on-one attention, this class will expose participants to new artistic possibilities in portraiture.

Meets: (2) Saturday Afternoons 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM (3-hour duration)
Dates: Mar. 17, 24, 31, and April 7, 2018
Location: Upcycle Tucson, Inc. (924 W Grant Rd, Tucson, AZ 85705)

Instructor: Christy Olsen
Format: Demonstration, lecture, & one-on-one instruction provided during hands-on practice.
Level: Beginner to Intermediate. All levels are welcome!

Medium: Pastel pencils or Pastel
Technique: Portrait Drawing
Materials: The instructor will email the materials list before the first day of class.

Live Model Dates

  • March 24: Enid
  • March 31: Carla

Participants' Work & Demo


See below.

Life Drawing (using only three colors)

Life Drawing (using only two colors)

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