This course will focus on developing an understanding of pastel techniques to create dynamic works of art that capture the luscious coloring, vibrancy, movement and depth that are possible with this exciting medium. Students will explore composition, value, and color theory as well as pastel techniques. Students are encouraged to not only use stick pastel sticks but also pan pastels and pastel pencils and to explore painting and drawing with pastels on different surfaces. The class includes group demonstrations as well as hands-on one-on-one individualized instruction. Students will work off photographs or still life arrangements of their choice. The class will enable students to develop comfort with working with pastels and motivate them to continue to develop a love for the freedom of expression enabled through this medium. See www.spruillarts.org for a list of supplies you will need to bring to class.