In this online class, we will explore portrait drawing, using one of the most satisfying mediums to work in - pastels. Pastels can produce intense, vivid colours or soft and subtle shades. They were used by many famous artists including Renoir and Degas and are a great introduction to colour. Working from photos and life, students will develop their portrait drawing skills, while understanding 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
Please Note: A class breakdown will be provided before the first class along with your Zoom credentials via email.
Sadko studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Sarajevo, Bosnia, earned his MFA at the University of Belgrade, Yugoslavia (1984) and arrived in Canada in 1993. Since his arrival from Bosnia, Sadko has participated in over sixty exhibitions in public galleries and artist-run centres across Canada. He is the recipient of visual arts grants from Toronto Art Council, the Ontario Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts. Sadko continues to explore identity, and its cultural and social implications, with an extensive portraiture-based body of work using mixed media and collage, and an array of references to popular culture. Visit www.sadkohadzihasanovic.com.
"Thank you Sadko for the amazing learning experience this past week. My enjoyment of, and commitment to learning Watercolour has never been greater. I feel that I made more progress in this one week than I achieved in three other painting classes, combined! I look forward to taking other classes with you.” - Martin