Kathy Beekman – Keeping it Simple & Glow

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


This day is split into two 3-hour segments.

Part One: Keeping it Simple
Create beautiful landscapes with a minimal amount of color and strokes. This workshop is an enjoyable alternative to putting down a lot of information about the subject matter that you are painting. You will focus on little landscapes full of color patches and natural shapes. A great class for the beginner and the continuing pastel painter.

Part Two: Glow
One of the outstanding properties of pastels is its rich glowing color. In this workshop, you will learn how to take advantage of the nearly pure pigment of the pastel medium. Fine tune your powers of observation, develop your own color palette, and create your personal statement within your paintings, all with the glowing color of pastels.


• 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 (9/30/18)

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
    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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