Kathy Beekman – Exploring Pastel Painting & Cloudscapes: Painting the Drama and Beauty of Clouds

Duration of Class: One Day (6 Hours) // Medium: Soft Pastel // Skill Level: All

Cost: $240-$270


This day is split into two 3-hour segments.
Part One: A Different Approach to Painting; Cropping
Part One: Exploring Pastel Painting
The statement “I wish I could paint” really means I wish I could convey through painting how I feel about what I am seeing. This fun-filled informative workshop is designed to suit the beginner, as well as the continuing pastel painter desiring to extend their range of skills. The instructor will demonstrate pastel techniques that will include blending colors and working from the background to the foreground and will also engage you in the total process of painting with this incredibly versatile medium. Participants will complete a painting during this 3-hour segment.

Part Two: Cloudscapes: Painting the Drama and Beauty of Clouds
In art, a cloudscape is the depiction of a view of clouds. This workshop will explore cloudscapes with the inclusion of the landscape to suggest scale, orientation, weather conditions and distance. Fine tune your powers of observation in this very focused and exploratory workshop. Instructor Kathy Beekman receives rave reviews from her students. She creates a comfortable learning environment where class participants excel in the world of soft pastel. Participants do not need prior pastel experience and will complete a painting during this 3-hour segment.


• Overview of materials to be used
• Finger painting
• Blending
• Layering
• Basic Design Principles
• Exploring different papers (canvases)
• Paper tooth
• Discovering how to use different kinds of soft pastels
• Using different hand positions
• Learning to create different strokes
• Creating compositions to direct the eye
• Applying fixative to soft pastel paintings
• How to care for soft pastel paintings


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Day 1 (8/2/19)

Class Size

Min # of students: 5
Max # of students: 12

Supply List

  • Basic 12-color box of Soft Pastels (NOT oil pastels!) A box with a larger pastel stick count is always acceptable. (Recommended pastel brands: Sennelier or Terry Ludwig Pastels)
  • 2 (or more) sheets of paper. Recommended paper brands: Rising Stonehenge in any Color (instructor’s personal favorite), Arches and Somerset.
  • Photos or book images of landscapes and landscapes with clouds as painting reference material
  • 1 – Can of a pastel final fixative
  • 1 – Container of Wet Ones or Baby Wipes for easy cleaning of your hands
  • 1 - Smock or large shirt to protect your clothing

  • Optional (but recommended):

  • 1 – Dust Mask which will provide adequate protection against dry pigments and most dusts
  • 1 – Disposable Latex Gloves for protecting your hands from pastels
  • Newspaper, glassine, or kraft paper to protect your paintings during transport

The following are good resources for artist materials:

  • Online catalog at danielsmith.com. Allow 5-10 days for regular delivery
  • Meininger’s located in Denver at 499 Broadway, 303-698-3838
  • Terry Ludwig Pastels located in Littleton, CO, 303-795-1232 or on-line at www.terryludwig.com. Please tell Terry that your art instructor Kathy Beekman sent you.

Provided by Instructor:

  • If you choose to do so, sheets of black colored Rising Stonehenge paper will be available for purchase from the instructor at a cost of $5.00 per 22 x 30 sheet.

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