Natural Textures in Coloured Pencils


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Coloured Pencil Workshop WITH CRYSTAL DRIEDGER

4 THURSDAYS: JAN 12, 19, & 26, & FEB 2

6:00 – 9:00 PM

$200 + Supply List

Class Limit: 12 Students


If you loved coloured pencils in elementary school and think they’re not for professional artists, think again! Coloured pencils are an incredible medium that can produce masterpieces. Rediscover the joy and the meditative quality of coloured pencils in this realism workshop.

In this class, you’ll capture the unique textures and vibrant colours in nature using coloured pencils. Improve your ability to depict details in your drawings. Each week we will focus on a challenging element in nature (from fur to feathers and parts of plants) and explore the beauty you can achieve by layering with pencils.

Every week we will start class by trying a new technique and then will work on a larger nature-based project (you may bring your own reference for this or alternatively Crystal will provide an image to follow along with).

This class is open to beginners in the medium through to more advanced students looking to improve their techniques.

About the Instructor:

Inspired by memories and imaginings from a childhood spent in the forests and fields of her family farm, Crystal Driedger’s art is varied and vast from large-scale painted murals to scientific realism of botanicals in coloured pencil. Crystal has been an illustrator and fine artist in the Edmonton area for 20 years since graduating from MacEwan’s Design and Illustration program.

To see more of Crystal’s work, check out her Website and Instagram:


Instagram: @crystaldriedger @crystaldriedger_botanicals

You Bring:

  1. Bristol vellum surface paper (9 x 12” or larger)
  2. A set of your preferred brand of coloured pencils (e.g. Faber-Castell Polychromos, Holbein Artists’ Colored Pencils)
  3. For natural greens, I recommend adding: Faber-Castell earth green, permanent green olive, juniper green
  4. Erasers: Kneadable eraser, Tombow Mono Zero eraser
  5. Recommended but OPTIONAL: Battery powered eraser & eraser shield
  6. Sharpener: good quality electric or hand sharpener
  7. Blender tool: clay shaper tools – extra firm, taper point size 0, or a small chisel tip brush, firm (and scissors), or a blender pencil
  8. Tracing paper or Vellum
  9. Reference Image (if you don’t want to use supplied image)
  10. OPTIONAL – circle template (you can borrow the instructors)
  11. Suitable art clothes, notebook, lunch, drink, and your own PPE (mask, hand sanitizer)

You will receive a 20% discount on all art supplies from your registration until the end of the class!

Artelier is located at 10045 81 Avenue NW, Edmonton (back alley entrance). The workshop space is one block south of The Paint Spot.

Coloured Pencil Workshop, Edmonton, Alberta

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