Skip to main content

Watch Trailer

Getting Started with Pastels

with Mary Jane Begin

Log in or Sign up for FREE and get full access to these and thousands of other Open Lessons in our catalog! Watch 2 Lessons For Free

  •   Trailer

  •   01 Class Introduction

    06:15
  •   07 Demo: Colored Paper With Pastels

    03:22

Class duration: 1h 20m

See all 10 lessons
  • 3K students

    100% satisfaction guaranteed

  • Bonus Material

    Workbooks and extra

  • Access anytime

    OFFLINE SYNC WITH iOS APPS

Get the Pass

starting at $25/month*

$299/year or $39/month

Unlock this class plus 1500+ more >

Watch Now

You already have access!

Buy Class

$29

About The Class

Start working with pastels today!

Are you interested in drawing with pastels but not sure how to get started? In this course artist and illustrator, Mary Jane Begin will introduce you to pastels. This class is perfect for beginners looking to learn the basics of the medium in order to begin a drawing practice. By the end of this course, you will be equipped with the know-how to start experimenting and drawing with pastels!

In this class you’ll learn:

  • All about the different types of pastels and how they work
  • Which supplies and papers to use when working with pastels
  • How to begin making simple marks and shapes to familiarize yourself with the medium



Thank you to our sponsor

Topics Covered


Lesson Plan

  1. 01

    Class Introduction

    06:15
  2. 02

    Colors and Types of Pastels

    05:20
  3. 03

    Demo: Blending Pastels

    12:23
  4. 04

    Demo: Surfaces and Papers For Pastels

    10:55
  5. 05

    Demo: Layer Pastels on Smooth Bristol Paper

    07:20
  6. 06

    Demo: Oil and Dry Pastels on Tracing Paper

    04:29
  7. 07

    Demo: Colored Paper With Pastels

    03:22
  8. 08

    Demo: Pastels on Premium Mounted Boards

    05:03
  9. 09

    Demo: Create Depth and Tone With Pastels

    13:42
  10. 10

    Demo: Explore With Oil Pastels

    11:21

Meet Your Expert

Mary Jane Begin

As an award-winning illustrator and author of children’s picture books, a Rhode Island School of Design graduate and professor in the Illustration Department at RISD…Mary Jane feels INCREDIBLY lucky; she gets to do all the things that she loves to do ... read more

See instructor's Classes

Bonus Material

Access your course materials here!

Get access to exclusive bonus content when you purchase this class.

  • pdf Blick Art Discount

Similar classes you might like

You know who’d love this class...?

When gift-spiration strikes, grab it. Give this class to a friend who’d love it. For their birthday or just because. (Or just because you missed their birthday.)

GIFT THIS CLASS