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Pastels and Sunshine

Full 6-week Session:  6/12, 6/19, 6/26, 7/10, 7/17, 7/14

1st 3-week Session: 6/12, 6/19, 6/26

2nd 3-week Session: 7/10, 7/17, 7/14

Wednesday 6:00: to 8:30 pm

with Cathy McIlhenny

Location: GNAL Building, 800 West Germantown Pike, East Norriton, PA 19403


Let’s make it a summer to ‘Rembrandt’ by delving into the rich world of pastels. Whether painting with soft pastels, or drawing with pastel pencils or charcoal, this class will allow you to explore techniques, styles, and creative approaches that will bring your visions to life on the paper before you.


You will work from your own source material such as a photo you took - printed or on a tablet (phone images are not encouraged). A still life, a landscape, Jason Kelce's rebel yell, that beach view you really want to get back to... it's all fair game. You decide your subject and we'll break it down into the composition and pieces to give it new meaning as you interpret it into your art.




Pastels, such as NuPAstel (hard), Rembrandt (medium, Schminke, Unison, and Sennelier (soft) are some examples. Ebay is a good source of quality sets of the above pastels as well as Daler-Rowney and Grumbacher (discontinued but a good medium to soft stick.) Online sites include Dakota, Jackson's, Jerry's Artarama, and Blick Art Material. Be sure to buy "artist quality" rather than "student quality". Your finished work will thank you. 


Paper, such as sanded UArt 320 and Pastel Premier are the most forgiving. These are the papers I use most. As you become more comfortable with the medium, there are many other papers. 


​Charcoal sticks and pencils if drawing


Pastel pencils, such as Faber-Castell, Stabilo, Derwent and others


Charcoal paper from Strathmere or Canson M-Teintes for drawing using pastel pencils, and charcoal.

If you have any questions, please email,


Full 6-week Members: $ 120.00

Full 6-week Non-Members $ 155.00

3-Week Members: $60.00

3-Week Non-Members: $ 95.00

Not a member?

(Membership is only $35.00 a year and you save on every class!)

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