Pure Pigment at your Fingertips: Painting with Pastel


Registrations for this workshop are now closed.

Sharon Fox Cranston
Tuesdays, February 23 – March 30, 2021
6:30pm – 9:00pm

This class celebrates the pastel medium in its application and approaches. Traditional techniques will be the foundation of instruction, colour and light the focus. Discover how to solve problems of composition and colour, create the illusion of depth, and master lost and found edges. Under-painting with acrylic and/or watercolour is explored.

Artist quality pastels produce intense colour with an immediacy that most other mediums can’t match. Demonstrations are designed to give students the tools to develop an understanding of this medium.

Please Note: No class will be held on Tuesday, March 16 (March Break). 

Materials: Included in the registration fee is a high quality box of 30 Unison half-stick pastels for each student ($125.95 value) as well as Clairfontaine Pastelmat white and coloured sanded pastel papers to be used during the workshop.

Students should bring:

  • Neutral coloured (not green or blue) masking tape or bull clips to attach paper to your support board.
  • Drawing pencil, sketchbook/notebook,
  • Old bristle brush (½” approx.)
  • A small tray to hold your pastels while you work, (old tin lid, ice cream bucket lid, etc),
  • small watercolour set, gouache or liquid acrylic for under-painting
  • 1” brush – an old acrylic brush works well – the sanded surface of the paper will destroy regular watercolour brushes!
  • A soft scrap of material for wiping pastels
  • Water container and small palette for using with watercolour/acrylic (these are available at the School).
  • Bring vinyl gloves if you don’t want to get pastel on your hands.


Registrations for this workshop are now closed.

Sharon Fox Cranston

Sharon Fox Cranston is a visual artist based in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia. She is multi-disciplined and works in oil, acrylic and pastel. Sharon is a Signature member of the Society of Canadian Artists, the Pastel Society of America, and a designated Master Pastelist of Pastel Artists Canada. She has been creating fine art professionally for over 20 years.

Her impressionistic style actively challenges the viewer to interpret the work for themselves. Sharon’s focus is on the texture, colour and rhythms of the rural landscape.

“Creating art brings me joy, it gives my visual perception of the world a voice. I enjoy challenging myself to grow, to experiment, to explore new ways of looking at the world. Each one of my paintings is a visual record of where I’ve been, what I’ve seen, and how I’ve tried to express that moment to others.”


Registrations for this workshop are now closed.