Class – Pastel Palette with Anne Johnston (Sept 23 – 25, 2020)


PASTEL PALETTE  (September 23 – 25)

Instructor:  Anne Johnston

Sept. 23,24,25, 2020    Wednesday – Friday   9.30 a.m. to 4.00 p.m. daily

Cost: $200.00     (We do not charge HST)

A credit or full refund will be offered if the course is cancelled

Registration Deadline:  September 9, 2020

Minimum/Maximum No of Students:  4/8

Experience level/Ages preferred:  Beginners – youth/adult

Materials included: Pastels, paper and some other materials will be supplied:    Sanded pastel paper/A set of hard pastels and a set of soft pastels, a basic starter kit.

Materials Required by students -Please bring the following:

  • Personal PPE (face masks)
  • Masking tape, 1″ works best
  • Small sketch pad and pencil
  • Glassine or wax paper to cover finished work
  • 2 pieces cardboard or masonite to form a “case” for finished work
  • Apron or towel or both, small rag
  • Handiwipes for wiping hands outside
  • 2 small jars for alcohol
  • Plastic tray/box for pastels in use. I have extra
  • Digital camera or phone (optional) if we work outside

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SKU: CA-AJ-PP-20 Category:


Course Description:

The radiance of pure colour – Anne will teach you how to control that colour.  This is a three day course that will introduce you to the methods of painting with soft pastels – from choosing your subject, composing the painting and finishing the work.

For this method we use sanded pastel paper which is good for the layering we will do with hard then soft pastels to give a vibrant painting.

Expect to make 1 8 x 10” painting each session (3).  If weather permits, we will paint outside (plein air). At the end of the course there will be a group discussion and critique of the work.

Topics covered:

  • Materials, types of pastels and paper and their uses
  • Preparation of paper, under painting
  • Colour selection, and application of pastels
  • Composition
  • Values
  • Demos and critiques
  • We will paint outside if weather permits. Time, tide and light, will also be addressed. (Warm weather courses only)
  • We expect to do one painting each session.
  • Demo of matting and framing pastel paintings at end of course.


Instructor Bio:

Anne Johnston is a pastel and oil painter, painting landscapes and seascapes of New Brunswick and Maine. “It is the natural world that continues to amaze and inspire me, sending me into the fields and down coastal roads with my pack of oil pants and pastels. “

She attended the School of Art and Design, Montreal, Nova Scotia College of Art nd Design, Halifax as well s other workshops in painting and fine crafts.

Anne lives on the family farm near St. Stephen NB, in the house built by her three x great grandparents in 1800, enjoying her fields, forest, brook and all the animals with which she shares the land.