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APOW: About Pastels - a brief, text-based guide on pastels and pastel painting, covering how pastels are made, techniques of application and more   (Rating: 6.74 Votes: 3226)   Rate this site: 5 6 7 8 9 10  Read Comments (6)

Connecticut Pastel Society: About Pastels - a brief illustrated overview of pastel painting, touching on the history of pastels, what they are, techniques, care of pastel paintings and more   (Rating: 6.83 Votes: 2956)   Rate this site: 5 6 7 8 9 10  Read Comments (1)

Nancy Doyle: Pastel Lesson - a brief pastel lesson and overview of pastel types and accessories, covering color relationships in pastel, doing landscapes in pastel, pastel drawing boards, fixative, hard and soft and pastels, pastel paper, pastel history, pastel pencils, pastel techniques and more   (Rating: 7.02 Votes: 2576)   Rate this site: 5 6 7 8 9 10  Read Comments (4)

Pastel Artists of Ontario: Online Tutorials - brief, illustrated online tutorials on pastel painting, including "From watercolour to pastel", "Working on coloured paper", "Working from a photo" and more   (Rating: 6.83 Votes: 2767)   Rate this site: 5 6 7 8 9 10  Read Comments (1)

Pastel Painting Techniques of L. Diane Johnson, PSA - illustrated pastel painting tips, as well as a collection of illustrated instructional articles on pastel painting and other art-related topics, with instruction on building form and volume, building the painting, lighting the subject, painting from dark to light, subject selection, the painting surface & setup and more   (Rating: 7.02 Votes: 2553)   Rate this site: 5 6 7 8 9 10  Read Comments (2)

Pastel Pratfalls - a text-based guide to common mistakes to avoid in pastel painting and their remedies, including planning to fail by failing to plan, choosing the wrong surface, filling the tooth too fast, blending, overworking, staying too close to middle values, repetitive application, making mud, being "self-taught", blowing dust off in the studio and other health risks and more   (Rating: 6.91 Votes: 2945)   Rate this site: 5 6 7 8 9 10  Read Comments (11)

Pastel Tips from ARTtalk - a rotating collection of loosely arranged tips on using pastels   (Rating: 7.41 Votes: 3134)   Rate this site: 5 6 7 8 9 10

Still Life Demonstration by Georgiana Cray Bart - a brief, illustrated, step-by-step guide to creating a still life image with pastels   (Rating: 6.76 Votes: 2831)   Rate this site: 5 6 7 8 9 10  Read Comments (3)




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Pastel for the Serious Beginner - An easy-to-understand and well-respected book by a college professor and workshop instructor on the fundamentals of pastel art, suitable for serious artists who are new to the medium and for serious (or even semi-serious!) hobbyists.

The Beginner's Guide Pastels : A Complete Step-By-Step Guide to Techniques and Materials - A complete, step-by-step guide for beginners to the techniques and materials associated with oil pastels.cover
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Other Useful Instructional Books, by category

Beginner's Guides
Beginner's Guide Pastels: A Complete Step-By-Step Guide to Techniques and Materials
Drawing With Pencils and Pastels (The Practical Handbook Series)
Pastel for the Serious Beginner
Pastel Workbook: A Complete Course in Ten Lessons
Pastel School: A Practical Guide to Drawing With Pastels (Reader's Digest Learn-As-You-Go Guide)
DK Art School: Introduction To Pastels, An
Learning to Paint in Pastel (Barron's Art Guides)
Pastels: Art School: Step-By-Step Teaching Through Inspirational Projects
Pastels for Beginners
You Can Paint Pastels


General Instructional Guides
Capturing the Light in Pastel
Color Harmony Pastels: A Guidebook for Creating Great Color Combinations
Creative Painting With Pastel
Express Yourself With Pastel
Painting the Figure in Pastels
Painting With Pastels
Pastels
Pastels (Barron's Art Handbooks)


Pastel Technique
All About Techniques in Pastel (All About Techniques)
Design Media: Techniques for Watercolor, Pen & Ink, Pastel and Colored Marker
Master Strokes: A Step-By-Step Guide to Using the Techniques of the Masters for Pastels
Pastel Book: Materials and Techniques for Today's Artist
Pastel Painting Techniques: 17 Pastel Painting Projects Illustrated Step-By-Step With Advice on Materials and Techniques


Pastel Portraits
Art of Pastel Portraiture, The
Painting Childrens Portraits in Pastel
Painting Expressive Pastel Portraits


Landscape and Nature Painting in Pastel
Big Book of Painting Nature in Pastel, The
Painting the Landscape in Pastel
The Pastelist's Year: Painting the Four Seasons in Pastel


Pastel Art Books (for inspiration!)
Best of Pastel, The
Best of Canadian Pastels, The
Canyon Visions: Photographs and Pastels of the Texas Plains
Delacroix Pastels
Irving Petlin: Pastels 1961-1987
James Abbott McNeill Whistler: Pastels
Mary Cassatt Oils and Pastels: Oils and Pastels
O'Keeffe on Paper
Selected Pastel Paintings of Milton Meyer
Susan Bennerstrom
Wolf Kahn Pastels


The Business of Painting
How to Survive and Prosper As an Artist: Selling Yourself Without Selling Your Soul
Art and Reality: The Standard Reference Guide and Business Plan for Actively Devloping Your Career As an Artist
Career Opportunities in Art (Career Opportunities in Art, 3rd Ed)
Careers in Art and Graphic Design




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Painting with Pastel - A step-by-step instructional video containing all of the information needed to successfully master pastel painting.




Other Useful Instructional Videos from Dick Blick Art Materials :

  • Paint on China Video
  • Professional Painted Finishes Video Series
  • Art is Video Series: Watercolor Methods
  • James Kirk's Portraits in Watercolor Video Series
  • Terry Madden Videos
  • Tom Lynch Fun with Watercolor III Videos
  • Unleashing Dynamic Colors
  • Watercolor Painting with Judy Howard

** You can find the above instructional videos in Dick Blick's "Books/Media" department under "Watercolors"


  • Bob Ross Flower Painting Workshop Videos
  • Bob Ross 3-hour Workshop Video
  • Getting Started with Bob Ross Video
  • The Joy Of Painting Flowers
  • Quinten Gregory's Portraits in Oil From Photographs
  • Quinten Gregory's Professional Realism Video Series

** You can find the above instructional videos in Dick Blick's "Books/Media" department under "Oil Painting"


  • James Kirk's Portraits in Watercolor Video Series
  • Portrait of a Young Girl, Jenny
  • Quinten Gregory's Portraits in Oil From Photographs
  • Quinten Gregory's Portraits in Pastel
  • Quinten Gregory's Portraits: The Secret of Likeness
  • Quentin Gregory's Professional Realism Video Series
  • Quinten Gregory's 3-Tape Portrait Set
  • Signilar Art Professionally-Taped Painting Demonstrations

** You can find the above instructional videos in Dick Blick's "Books/Media" department under "Portraiture and People"


  • Quinten Gregory's Portraits in Pastel

** You can find the above instructional video in Dick Blick's "Books/Media" department under "Pastels"


  • Quinten Gregory's Shadows, the Secret of Light
  • Signilar Art Video ‹ Plein Air Painting with Ian Roberts
** You can find the above instructional videos in Dick Blick's "Books/Media" department under "Light and Shadow"


  • Paint on China Video
  • Professional Painted Finishes Video Series

** You can find the above instructional videos in Dick Blick's "Books/Media" department under "Decorative and Tole Painting"


  • Quentin Gregory's Professional Realism Video Series

** You can find the above instructional video in Dick Blick's "Books/Media" department under "Painting"


  • Art is Video Series: Creating Abstract Art
  • The Art Teacher Series Videos
  • Career Day Video Series
  • Crystal Art Smart Videos
  • Crystal Video: Discovering Drawing
  • Video Art Lessons for Children with Donna Hugh

** You can find the above instructional videos in Dick Blick's "Books/Media" department under "Art Education and Instruction"



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