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Getting started with pastel art

Pastel art is a great way to produce vibrant colours with the ease and control of your best pencils. In use by artists for centuries, pastels are an especially portable medium, enabling you to create colourful pastel art or pastel drawings with no need for water, brushes or palettes.

But first, what exactly is a pastel? The definition isn’t completely clear, and there’s been some debate within art societies as to what exactly qualifies as a pastel. The Pastel Society within the UK, however, states the following media are acceptable for its exhibitions: “Pastels, including Oil pastel, Charcoal, Pencil, Conté, Sanguine, or any dry media”.

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