Kathy Beekman – Let Loose with Color & Sunrise, Sunset

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: Let Loose with Color
Learn what it takes to let loose with color and successfully create a powerful work of art! Learn to step away from the use of pleasant but dull colors and dive fearlessly into the use of wonderfully pure color. Kathy’s approach to painting is easy to understand and participants will take home a completed painting.

Part Two: Sunrise, Sunset
Bring your expressive potential to life in this amazing pastel painting workshop. Come find out how rich in color pastels can be, while you explore a world of painting sunrises and sunsets. Kathy will begin with demonstrations and then guide participants on their individual paintings from start to finish.
Kathy receives rave reviews from her students and is referred to as a fun-loving, fabulous instructor who can teach to students of any level.


• 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
• Using different colors to create emotion
• Creating compositions to direct the eye
• Applying fixative to soft pastel paintings
• How to care for soft pastel paintings
• Framing pastels


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Day 3 (8/4/19)

Class Size

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

Supply List

  • 1 – 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 as painting reference material
    Optional (but recommended):
  • 1 – Can of a pastel final fixative
  • 1 – Container of Wet Ones or Baby Wipes for easy cleaning of your hands
  • 1 – Dust Mask which will provide adequate protection against dry pigments and most dusts
  • 1 – Disposable Latex Gloves for protecting your hands from pastels
  • 1 - Smock or large shirt to protect your clothing
  • 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 Meiningers 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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