Kathy Beekman – Exploring Pastel Painting & “Do You Have Rhythm”

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


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 class is designed to suit the beginner, as well as the continuing student 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. Participants will complete a painting during this 3-hour segment.

Part Two: Do You Have Rhythm?
Artists get excited when they create a painting that has punch. One of the key elements to a painting is its rhythm. This workshop is aimed at helping you compose paintings that have repetition, shadow patterns, and/or alternating shapes. You’ll find yourself completing a painting with a sense of drama and movement.


• 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 (9/28/18)

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
  • Acrylic inks: Golden High Flow acrylics in black and white
  • Fineline precision applicators (gauge 20)
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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