All About Pastels

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Class Dates

August 18, 2021

All About Pastels


Leslie Ober

Leslie Ober is an award-winning Indiana artist who enjoys playing with and exploring many different mediums. While she enjoys a wide variety of subject matter, she is most alive when creating colorful, abstract pieces. Using bright colors, and bold shapes and lines, she evokes movement and emotion in her work. Leslie has a degree in education from Indiana University and has been homeschooling her six children for over 13 years. She is a natural teacher, who delights in sharing her work and process with those around her. Leslie believes that every person is made in the image of God, who created them, and therefore every human is a creative being. Her passion is to encourage others to awaken and pursue their own creativity. One of her favorite quotes by George Bernard Shaw states, “We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.” Her goal in life is to never stop playing, exploring, or creating and to encourage others along the way.

About the Class

What are pastels? What's the difference between oil pastels and soft pastels? Are pastels basically just chalk? Come enjoy an evening learning about and playing with the different types of pastels (soft, hard, and oil). Watch a live demonstration from award-winning artist, Leslie Ober, and experiment with different types of pastels as you create a beautiful masterpiece yourself! Participants will need to provide their own materials, unless they would prefer to use student-grade versions we have available at the gallery.

This 3-hour workshop (6-9pm) will include an overview of each of the different types of pastels, time for students to explore with each of the types of pastels, a painting demonstration by the artist, then time for participants to try their hands at their own pieces. There will be a still life set up for students to use, if they wish, but they are also encouraged to bring photo references if time permits. Light refreshments and water will be provided.

Supply List

Students will want to bring the following.

-Pastel paper (Pastel Mat, UArt, Canson, etc)
-Mixed media paper
-gum eraser
-baby wipes
One small set each of:
-oil pastels (any brand is fine)
-hard pastels (NuPastels, Stabilo Pastel Pencils, etc)
-soft pastels (Sennelier, Unison, Richeson, etc)

**We will have student grade materials (hard pastels, oil pastels, and some paper) on hand if participants would prefer to use those. We would suggest investing in at least one nice set of true soft pastels like the brands mentioned above.