Experience how the richness of pastels combines the expressive sensibilities of both drawing and painting. Learn to layer, blend and build color with pastels as you further develop your drawing skills. Projects inspired by models, still life, nature objects and students' individual interests will be springboards to develop your ability to observe, translate and transform through color. Discussion of practical color theory, composition, three-dimensional form, abstraction and personal content as well as demonstrations and individual and group critiques will supplement studio work. Beginning students will discover pastels to be a flexible, forgiving medium to hone skills while transitioning to color. Experienced students are encouraged to develop their technique and personal vision through class and independent projects. NOTE: Please bring two sheets of white charcoal or pastel paper (18x24"), soft vine or willow charcoal, compressed charcoal, erasers and masking tape to first session. Experienced students may also bring pastels.