Exploring Pastels w/ Janis Graves
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Exploring Pastels
w/ Janis Graves

Date / Time: Five Tuesdays: Sept 17, 24, Oct 1, 8 & 15 / 10:30-1:30

Cost: $225

Registration: Call in, come in, or register online. 425.697.2787

Location: Cole Art Studio, located on the lower level of Cole Gallery. 107 5th Ave S, Edmonds WA 98020

This is a great 5-week course we’ve put together for all our students who “paint” in pastels, from beginners to more experienced pastel students. From this beloved pastel instructor you’ll gain skills and knowledge on a range of topics as she helps you explore the vibrant world of pastels.

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Janis will teach and demo on a new topic each week. You’ll cover subjects such as composition, design, accurate measurement and proportions, surface preparation, and color choice.  You can bring photos of your favorite landscapes, or you can use the photo references Janis will supply.

 What you’ll learn:

Preparing substructures:

  • with texture: prepare sanded boards for pastels

  • with color: toning canvases with gouache, learning which colors to use for various effects


  • How to avoid tangents, eliminate unnecessary items, and create variation within your design

  • How to build your design:  methods that can be employed to help in building your composition, such as thumbnails, application on tablets (iPad), gridlines, etc.


 All about Color:

  • Using Color to create mood in your painting: color choices and placement, Chiaroscuro, high and low key, vibrancy, etc.

  • Color notes and color relevance

  • Learning to understand how colors will appear depending on what surrounds them

 Finishing your painting:

  • How to know when the painting is finished

  • How to fix the pastel and prepare for framing

Supply list:

You can purchase your quality art supplies at ARTspot! Registered students receive a 10% discount on all their art supplies from the time of paid registration until the last day of class. Most items on this list are available at ARTspot. Please let their staff advise you about appropriate art materials to fulfill  requirements for your class.

Questions about these supplies? ARTspot staff are happy to help you. Call 425-640-6408 or email at ARTspotEdmonds@gmail.com.  Artspot's Web Site

Supply fee: $15 for optional materials

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  • Hard Pastels: NuPastel set of 24

  • Soft Pastels: Richeson, set of 24. Or Unison, Terry Ludwig, or Rembrandt. (You may need to shop online for some of these soft pastel sets.)


  • Either in 9x12 blocks  (enough for 1 - 9x12 per class session)

  • or 2 full sheets (Janis will help you cut them down to the 9x12 size in class.)

    • Any of these brands will work:

      • Canson Mi Teintes  paper and/or Canson Mi Teintes color touch

      • Pastel Premier

      • UArt Pastel Paper

      • PastelMat

      • Art Spectrum Color Fix

 (Janis likes to use sanded paper such as UArt or Pastel Premier).


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  • Ipad/tablet to look at your images, or photos printed out, for reference

  • Small sketch book and pencil for thumbnail sketches

  • 1 drawing board (gator board, foam core or Masonite will work) – 13x17” to 18x18”

  • Masking tape or frog tape

  • 1 inexpensive brush ½”, a soft synthetic or watercolor brush

  • Paper towels

  • Ruler

  • Aluminum foil

  • 1 old used toothbrush

  • 1 kneaded eraser

  • Wet wipes

  • Easel - Cole has a few of the standing and the tabletop easels; call to reserve one.

  • Gloves – supplied by Cole


  • 8 x 11.5 clear plastic sleeve protector for photos.

  • Dry erase marker, to draw grid lines on sleeve for measuring proportions

For optional $15 supply fee, Janis will make available different surfaces for you to try, such as golden pumice gel, pastel primer, gouache (if you have sanded paper), etc.

Check this out! ARTspot Concierge Service. ARTspot will personally do your shopping for you! They can set aside the materials you need, ready for pickup - they can even deliver your supplies to Cole Art Studio before your class. Call ARTspot at 425-640-6408 for this great service. Note: To ensure your order can be filled, please order as early as possible.