February, 2023
Pastel Innovations Workshop With Dawn Emerson



Due to the popular demand Dawn Emerson has added a second session of this Zoom workshop to her schedule.
*Class size limited to 16 students

Dawn Emerson will be instructing via Zoom from her studio in Oregon. 

Next Session:
Sundays – February 5, 12, 19, 26, 2023
Noon – 2:00 pm (PST)

This class is open to artists ages 13 years – adult.

In this class Dawn will be using PanPastel as a tool, and believes it is the perfect instrument for mixed media artists who wish to layer more creatively, physically and spontaneously in their work.
This workshop will introduce you to this unique media , it’s properties and potential. You will learn the how/when/why behind this pastel that is a cross between painting and drawing and the many ways it can be applied to create beautiful art pieces full of layers and texture.

For a successful class experience we ask that you have a strong internet connection and have access to a computer, tablet or smartphone (android or iOS) that is microphone and camera enabled.

Dawn Emerson is an award-winning pastel artist and instructor. She is the author of “Pastel Innovations” and several instructional videos. She brings an attitude of playfulness and experimentation to the pastel stage as she merges drawing, painting and the printmaking process to inspire story telling. 

“We each have our own unique stories to tell and all visual artists communicate with the same vocabulary of shape, color, texture, edges, space and value (dark to light). It is my joy as your instructor to introduce you to a new medium that is both a painting and a drawing medium that can help you express those stories. As a pastelist and author (Pastel Innovations), I hope to inspire you to express your ideas in your own unique way, and guide you to new ways to reclaim your creativity.”

~ Dawn Emerson, PSA

Materials Needed
Pan Pastels:
(Available at Dick Blick)

  • 3 primary colors (Permanent Red, Ultramarine Blue, Hansa Yellow)
  • Black
  • Titanium White
    OR a set of 10 color wheel hues
  • Applicator – angle slice Pan Pastel Applicator


  • One pad of smooth, lightweight drawing paper (14″ x 17″, 16″ x 20″ or 18″ x 24″)
  • Travel set of soft stick pastels – including white & black
  • A few pattern stencils or 1 sheet of stencil material to create your own
  • Kneaded Eraser & Mars plastic eraser
  • Water Mixable Oil Paint – 1 small tube of White & Black (1.25 oz)
    Windsor Newton or Holbein recommended
  • One soft rubber brayer – 3 or 4 inches
  • Wax Paper – 1 roll
  • One 11″ x 14″ cellophane sleeve for protecting artwork
  • Roll of masking tape
  • Any smooth/flat/no porous surface for rolling out water mixable oil paint with brayer
  • Flat razor blade or xacto knife and cutting mat/surface
  • Baby Wipes or Paper Towels
  • Hair comb or serrated plastic knife or fork (mark- making tools)
  • 1 or more 10″ x 12″ colored Canson paper or non-shiny scrap book paper
  • Pencil
  • Untextured and clean backing board
  • Dawn dish soap and small scrub brush for cleaning brayer

Additional resource materials and Zoom meeting link will be emailed prior to the start of the first class session.

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