143-Introduction to Pastels

Pastels have been used to create beautiful and bold color drawings throughout the centuries. Learn about the different types of pastel and how to blend and layer pastel to get a soft haze or a sharp edge. The instructor will demonstrate how to approach a pastel drawing through various stages, from the composition and getting the correct proportions and perspective, to understanding which colors to use to get the correct shade you are looking for. We will be drawing from photographs for this class. You can use your own photos or use the reference that the instructor will supply.

Special Notes

All students must comply with the Policies and Procedures found on The Center's website. There will be no refunds for students removed from class for failure to observe The Center’s Policies and Procedures.


  • A set of soft pastels (optional - students can get two types of pastels: stick pastels and pastel pencils for greater precision)
  • Pad of drawing paper for practice (white or grey-toned)
  • Textured surface for final drawings such as Mi-Teintes Touch pastel paper or Ampersand Pastelbord (toned surface recommended)
  • HB pencil
  • Eraser


  • Pastel brushes
  • Gloves, Finger Cots, or Skin Barrier Cream
  • Workable Fixative
  • Drawing Board
  • Artist Chamois

About the Instructor

Margaret Fanning

BFA in Painting, Savannah College of Art and Design. Has exhibited internationally and her art can be found in private collections throughout the U.S. She has won multiple awards including the Alexander Portfolio Award and the NJ Chapter of the American Artists Professional League Traditional Realism Award.


Class Details

March 08 - March 08, 10:00 am - 01:00 pm

Days: Friday

Tuition: $85

Member Tuition: $60

Location: The Center for Contemporary Art

Semester: Winter 2024

Level: Adult

Instructor: Margaret Fanning