Pastels are one of the most immediate and satisfying mediums to work in. They can produce intense, vivid colours or soft and subtle shades. They were used by many famous artists including Renoir and Degas. A great introduction to colour, for people who are contemplating a painting course, this online program is guaranteed to take your drawing abilities to the next level. Chalk pastel is a crayon-like medium that combines the best qualities of drawing and painting. It is an expressive medium, which will allow for a more satisfying drawing experience. Working from photos and still-life, students will develop their understanding of color theory, harmony and composition. No previous experience is necessary.
Supplies can be ordered online for curb side pickup or delivery if you prefer not to go inside an art store at present. Please allow more time than usual to receive goods.
Hard Pastels: Nupastel firm pastel sticks, set of 12
Soft Chalk Pastels: Rembrandt soft pastels, box of 15 or 30 half sticks - more variety than full sticks for the price
You can also buy soft pastels individually - you might like a few different colours that are not in the basic sets.
Canson, Strathmore and Mi-Tientes make pastel paper in a wide selection of colours
Choose a few sheets, 19”x 25” in neutral colours such as warm beige or cool grey in a middle value – not too light or too dark. Also choose a couple of brighter colours that you like. There are also pads of slightly smaller multi coloured pastel paper that work well too.
1 sheet of cold pressed medium watercolour paper and 1 sheet of Ampersand pastel board.
Sandpaper pad for sharpening pastels
Hand wipes - pastels are messy
Plastic container with dry rice in the bottom, to hold and clean broken bits of pastel
If you have access to a standing or table easel, please use it. If not, you can sit at a table to draw
Jennifer Hinrichs graduated from Central Technical School’s Fine Art department. She has worked as an art director in publishing and has been painting and exhibiting her work for over 20 years. Her subjects include the figure and the landscapes and interiors they inhabit, in a variety of mediums including charcoal, pastel, oil and acrylics. Jennifer has taught drawing and painting at George Brown College, and is an experienced creativity workshop leader. Her work is in private collections around North America and Bermuda, where she was an artist in residence with Masterworks Foundation. Jennifer’s work appears at the John B. Aird Gallery, and Main Gallery, Neilson Park Creative Centre. Visit grandmananartists.com.
"My drawing class, for me, is what I imagine meditation is like for other people. The class begins and your brain immediately takes you to another place, a zen-like space that’s deeply relaxing, removed from anywhere you’ve been before. What feels like moments later, the class is over and you return home in a new state of calm. It’s a feeling you want to hang onto. Magical.” - Leslie Milrod
"Jennifer is an excellent teacher and managed to connect well with each member of our class. Her communication is clear and was sufficiently simple for our class. Her sense of humour, organization and encouragement were well appreciated." - Alanna Quinn