Come and Explore: Intro to Oil Pastels
Oil pastels are a versatile and exciting medium that can add texture and depth to any artwork.
Remember that feeling of opening up a brand new box of crayons and seeing all those bright colors, just waiting to be used?
That's exactly what it feels like to experiment with oil pastels. With rich, vibrant hues and creamy texture, you can easily blend and layer colors to create bold and expressive works of art. Whether you're a seasoned artist or just starting out, oil pastels offer endless possibilities for exploring color and creating something truly unique.
With oil pastels, you can create anything from realistic landscapes to abstract designs that capture the imagination. Plus, they can be used on a variety of surfaces, from paper to canvas to wood, giving you endless possibilities for your creativity.
Here are some tips to get you started:
First, gather your supplies. You'll need a set of oil pastels, paper or canvas, and some sort of fixative to preserve your finished piece. If you're not sure what type of paper to use, try experimenting with different textures and weights to find what works best for you.
Next, start by experimenting with different techniques. Oil pastels can be blended with your fingers, a blending tool, or even a paintbrush and some turpentine. Try layering colors, smudging, or scraping the surface to create interesting textures.
Don't worry too much about creating a finished piece right away, this introductory course we are offering is all about just getting familiar with oil pastels like you are having your first conversation with a new friend! Scribble, doodle, and have fun with the medium. You might be surprised at what you come up with.
Finally, once you've created something you're happy with, be sure to use a fixative to protect your work. This will help to prevent smudging or smearing over time.
Remember, oil pastels are a versatile and forgiving medium that can be used in a variety of ways. With a little practice and experimentation, you'll be on your way to creating beautiful works of art in no time!