Pastels for the Enthusiastic Beginner: Getting Started with Soft Pastels

Levels: All Levels

Offered: Saturday Morning, 2/8/2020, 9:00am-3:00pm

Instructor: Erika Perloff

Location: Santa Cruz Art League

Come get immersed in the world of soft pastels. In this one day intensive class you will learn the basics of working with this vibrant, forgiving and addictive medium. We’ll discuss choosing pastels, pastel surfaces, color mixing, layering, mark making, using pastels safely, underpainting, value and color harmony. We’ll do a variety of short exercises and some longer studies, preparing you to paint on your own. No previous pastel experience necessary.


Erika Perloff is a Santa Cruz based landscape painter working primarily in pastels. A life long painter, she has been working with pastels for many years and continually works on pushing what she can do with the medium. Erika’s work is regularly exhibited in galleries, solo shows, museums and other venues. She has been honored as an artist in residence in schools and national parks and loves sharing the joy of painting with others. Her teaching style encourages experimentation, process and learning from both successes and failures.