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Charcoal & Pastels for Beginners   

**Students can do charcoal and/or pastel.

The dramatic, rich markings of charcoal first appeared in caves; it is known to be the oldest medium ever. Charcoal is by far the most forgiving medium for beginners, allowing students to easily learn shading, gradation, value, and blending, and it is easily erasable.
Pastels are the only dry painting medium. Pastels come either in compressed form or very creamy, and they can be applied to a variety of surfaces. Learn how to apply pastels loosely with wild expression or tightly to show the finest detail. Charcoal Supply List: *2-5 sheets of Canson paper, light gray colors, light flesh colors, or light blues, pinks, creams-no white, no black, no deep colors. (Available at Hobby Lobby; Michael’s no longer carries full sheets.
*Foam board, large enough to fit a full piece of Canson paper OR a large drawing board with clips.
*Vine or willow charcoal sticks
*Generals charcoal pencils (comes in a pack of three or four, including the white (you’ll want to get that), and usually it has a kneaded eraser, too.
*Tortillion sticks or blending stumps
*Krylon Workable Fixatif
*Napkins, painter’s or masking tape, hand sanitizer (small)
PASTEL SUPPLY LIST: *Dick Blicks "Rembrandt" set of 15 half sticks - currently $26.16. Be sure to buy soft pastels, not oil pastels!
*Canson Mi-Tientes paper $3-$4 per large sheet – only available at Hobby Lobby locally, OR a pad of 12"x16" pastel paper $10-$12.
*Stabilo Carb-Othello Pastel Pencil Sets - set of 12, $13-$14 (Amazon) *Drawing board $6 at Hobby Lobby

 

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