Abstracting the Landscape in Soft Pastel – Shkolny

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Abstracting the Landscape in Soft Pastel

David Shkolny

Day 1 – Thursday, September 1
Day 2 – Friday, September 2

9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Explore the potential of soft pastel as an experimental medium! In this two-day workshop, David will guide you in discovering the capabilities and experimental boundaries of soft pastel.  Learn how to push the medium while practicing bold new ways of abstracting the landscape.

You’ll explore the use of isopropyl alcohol on sanded paper, and the use of acrylic mixed media surfaces for the layering of rich pastel colors. Then David will share new ways of seeing compositional shape, color and balance and demonstrate expressive mark-making, to give you the tools to create your own  expressive abstract landscape.

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Required Materials List

Set of soft (chalk) pastels (e.g. Sennelier, Schmincke) – the larger the color selection the better
1/4” diameter soft vine charcoal
Paper stomps
Flat brushes of various sizes
Kneadable eraser
18″ Ruler (or longer)
Box cutter
Wide masking tape
Small sketchbook
2 – 3  Pastel Premier sanded paper (20″x26”) Italian Clay is the best neutral colour
One sheet (22″x30″) 300lb watercolor paper
Drawing board

Optional Materials List

Arnhem heavyweight papers are an alternative for 300lb watercolor paper
Narrower masking tape
Isopropyl alcohol (70-90%) small bottle
Compressed air (the kind in a can you use for blowing off your keyboard)


We recommend picking up your supplies as soon as possible to avoid disappointment due delays by restrictions and transportation. We recommend 5 – 10 days for delivery within Canada. No substitutions will be made without your approval. Free Freight on orders over $150  (full sheets of paper are subject to a small shipping fee).

The Paint Spot is a proud to supply art materials and sponsor the ISEA 2022 Conference.

Please direct all questions about the event, venue, instructors and registration process to ISEA.

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