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Holiday Cards with Colored Pencils   

Class Overview

Get ready for the winter holidays by learning how to create festive cards with colored pencils! Explore the colorful and expressive medium of colored pencils as you follow along during an engaging step-by-step demonstration in this hands-on class.

Learn a variety of basic techniques to bring out the best in your colored pencils and make use of the vibrant colors readily available. This is an opportunity to explore color and learn some fundamental drawing skills that you can build upon for future card-making, drawing, and other creative endeavors.
You’ll be able to create cards for whichever holidays you would like. By the end of the class, you will have developed new skills and created art that you can proudly share with loved ones for the holidays.


Supplies Needed

  • Drawing pad (70 lb. or higher): 9 x 12 or 11 x 14”, whichever size you’d prefer for your drawings
  • Hb or 2b pencil
  • Large white vinyl eraser
  • Handheld sharpener (preferably one that can catch pencil shavings)
  • Set of at least 24 to 36 colored pencils (if you plan on doing more colored pencils in the future, a set of 48, 72, or higher - Prismacolor colored pencils are recommended), but for this class, a set of 24-36 colored pencils (preferably 36) of any brand will work fine!
  • Pad of 9 x 12” watercolor paper (smooth is better) 120 lb. or higher
  • Scissors
  • Optional: colorless blender pencil (i.e., by Prismacolor)
  • Optional: detail eraser (Tombow Mono Knock 3.8)
  • Optional: electric pencil sharpener (i.e., School Smart, X-ACTO)

Learning Objectives

  • Basic techniques of colored pencils
  • Colored pencil skills such as blending, details, texturing, light source, shadows, layering,
  • Principles of color such as color mixing, color relationships, use of complementary colors, warm and cool colors, light and dark colors, pure and neutral colors, etc.
  • Basic drawing skills such as proportion

Who Might Enjoy This Class

  • Anyone who would like to learn to use the beautiful, colorful, portable, fun medium of colored pencils
  • People interested in creating winter- and holiday-themed cards
  • Anyone interested in learning about and exploring color
  • People with experience using colored pencils but would like to develop their skills
  • No prior experience is needed; everyone is welcome!

This class is currently not available. 


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