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Would you like to learn all about pastel and create beautiful portraits with this beautiful and versatile medium? That’s what we’re going to do in The Many Faces of Pastel! So come and join me in this brand-new online course and explore the fun of working with pastel.

Pastel is a fantastic medium that can be used in many different ways: from soft and smooth to raw and expressive. It comes in beautiful colors and can be applied using a wide range of techniques, creating colorful drawings or more painterly styles. It can be blended into gorgeously soft gradations, or applied more roughly, with luscious textures.

This versatility and the ease of use makes pastel one of my favorite supplies of all times. So let’s dive into it and experience the fun & creativity of working with pastel!

In this class you’ll learn all about pastel. We’re going to work with soft pastels, hard pastels and pastel pencils, and explore a variety of techniques to use them. That way you can find the styles and techniques that you like best, and incorporate them in your own work.

This course is for everyone who is interested in working with pastel: whether you’re totally new to this medium, or have more experience but want to learn new techniques. Pastel is a wonderful supply for everyone!

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This class started March 1, but you can still join! All lessons are online and also available for download, so you can do them anytime and at your own pace.

Click the button below to sign up now, or continue reading for all details and practical info about this class.

About this class

The Many Faces of Pastel is an online pastel portrait course which runs for six weeks.

Each week we’ll do a full, in-depth project in which we’re going to create a pastel portrait from start to finish. Every project will be different, using different techniques or styles. I will show and tell you exactly what I do and why I do it, so you can learn & practice the techniques and implement them in your future work.

Besides the full-length weekly projects, we will also do weekly exercises where you’ll learn about the materials & supplies, exploring various options, and practice the techniques. This provides not only a good preparation for the weekly projects, but gives you also a solid foundation to incorporate what you learn into your future work.

This course is not just about creating the specific projects that I’m demonstrating, but gives you tools and techniques so you can continue to explore and implement this versatile medium on your own, to create pastel work in your preferred and unique style.

This is an online class, so the lessons are taught in video format and you can watch them from the comfort of your home. All videos are available on-demand and in real-time, so not sped up or partially skipped. You can watch me draw and hear me explain my process, what I do and why I do it. This means that you can follow exactly what I do, and if you want you can go back and watch certain parts again if you missed anything or something was unclear. You can watch the videos whenever you like and as many times you want!

Color is a power which directly influences the soul.  WASSILY KANDINSKY

The Projects

Want a little sneak peek? Here are close-ups of the projects that we’re going to create.

Supplies

Curious to know what types of pastel and other supplies we’re going going to use in this class? Click the button below to download the full supply list! 🙂

Sneak Peek

To give you an impression of what we’re going to create in this class, here’s a little sneak peek of one of the full-length projects that we’re going to make.

In this particular lesson we’re going to work with a beautiful, soft & blended pastel technique and focus on creating a likeness to the reference photo. The video below is a little sneak peek, but in the actual lesson you’ll get in-depth instruction. I’ll share with you the tools and techniques that I use to stay close to the likeness of the reference photo, and show you from start to finish how this portrait was made.

What will you learn in this class

In this class you’ll learn to work with a variety of supplies and techniques, which you can then incorporate in your future work. Some of the things you will learn:

  • Working with a variety of pastel supplies, including soft pastels, hard pastels, and pastel pencils
  • Using different techniques to create various styles, from soft & smooth to raw & expressive
  • Using additional tools to work with pastel, such as brushes, various erasers, and more
  • Various ways to combine pastel with other materials, such as gesso and water
  • Building up the portrait in layers
  • Creating expressive marks, line work, and texture
  • Techniques to create a likeness to your reference photo
  • How to finish, store and frame your pastel portraits

What is a Live Online Class?

This is a ‘live online class’, which means that the class opens at a particular date and we will start with all the students at this date. The current session of The Many Faces of Pastel started March 1, but you can still join.

The lessons are released weekly, during six weeks. However, you don’t have to follow the six weeks schedule. The video lessons are pre-recorded, so there is no specific airing time and after release you can watch them whenever it suits you best. You can do the lessons comfortably at your own pace, so no worries if you can’t keep up with the class schedule!

You get lifetime access to the course website and all videos can be downloaded so you can keep them forever and do the lessons as many times as you like.

You will also get access to a dedicated Facebook group, where I will be available during the six weeks of the class to answer any questions you may have, to provide support, and to cheer you on. It’s a warm and safe place where you can show your work, connect with your fellow students, make friends, share experiences and have fun!

What will you receive

16+ hours of video lessons

Over sixteen hours of video lessons, recorded in high-quality and real-time.

Downloadable videos

You can download all the videos, so you can do the lessons any time and keep them forever.

Lifetime access

You get life-time access to the course website, so you can do the lessons at your own pace.

Additional Course Materials

Additional course materials, such as weekly supply lists and reference photos. Can be downloaded for future reference.

Dedicated Facebook Group

Access to a dedicated private Facebook group for this class, where you can show your work, get support, and connect with other students.

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Registration is open

6-weeks pastel portrait course
Start: March 1, 2021
Lifetime access
All videos can be downloaded

€ 149

There is also a payment plan option available. Click here for all details.

Prices in Euro will be used for the actual purchase.

Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.  THOMAS MERTON

Frequently Asked Questions

I’ve never taken an online course. How does it work?

If this is the first time you sign up for a Juna Biagioni Art course, you will create an account during the registration process. You can access the private website of the class with the email address that you signed up with and the password that you chose for your account.

On the actual starting day of the class you will receive an email as soon as the lessons for the first week are available. Every week after that you will receive an email when the lessons for that week are available.

The lessons are taught in video format. All videos are available on-demand and in real-time, so not sped up. You can watch me draw and hear me explain what I do and why I do it. This means that you can follow exactly what I do, and if you want you can go back and watch certain parts again if you missed anything or something was unclear.

The lessons and the extra course materials (such as supply lists and reference photos) will all be provided on the private course website. You can watch the lessons online, and/or download everything so you can keep all the course materials forever and access them from your own hard drive.

This is a ‘live online class’, which means that the class opens at a particular date (March 1, 2021) and we will start with all the students at this date. The lessons are released weekly. However, you don’t have to follow the six weeks schedule. The video lessons are pre-recorded, so there is no specific airing time and after release you can watch them whenever it suits you best. You have lifetime access to the course website and can do the lessons comfortably at your own pace, so no worries if you can’t keep up with the class schedule!

Besides the course website you will get access to the dedicated Facebook group for this class. This is a fun and safe place to post your work, get support from the other students and the teacher, ask questions, and meet new friends. You can participate however you like and be more or less active, whatever fits your needs.

Lifetime access, what does that mean in practice?

You get lifetime access to this course. In practice this means that the course website (including all videos and course materials) will remain accessible to you for as long as the course is being offered for sale. If this course at some point in the future isn’t going to be offered for sale anymore, you will have 6 months to download all materials if you want to keep them forever.

Can I download the videos?

Yes, you can download all the videos and other materials of this course.

Is there a dedicated Facebook group for this class?

Yes, there will be a dedicated Facebook group for this class. It’s a great place to ask questions, share your work, get support from the teacher and your fellow students, and make new art friends.

I have never worked with pastel before. Can I sign up?

Yes, certainly!

If you are completely new to working with pastel, you can definitely sign up for this course. This is an in-depth class that teaches a variety of pastel techniques, and you will learn a lot from it. I will give extensive information about the pastel supplies and how to use them.

I am a total beginner at drawing faces. Can I sign up?

If you are a beginner at drawing faces, you can certainly sign up for this course. You can follow in the video lessons exactly what I’m doing and learn a lot about how these portraits are made.

However, this class doesn’t teach the basics of facial proportions and shading, or how to work with tonal values, etc. If you would like to get more in-depth lessons about these subjects, I definitely recommend taking my class Drawing in the Soul first. That will give you a strong foundation for drawing faces, and is very good for beginners because it starts from the very basics and builds up from there.

Will you give feedback on my work?

During the six weeks that the course is running, I will be available in the Facebook group to answer questions, give support, and provide feedback on your work if requested.

Please note that this feedback is in a different format, less extensive, than during the live Drawing in the Soul classes. In most cases the feedback will be written, although sometimes it can be illustrated with visual images.

I feel a bit insecure about my art and not ready to show it to others. Can I participate without joining the Facebook group?

Yes, you can participate without joining the Facebook group for this class. But know that you can also join the Facebook group in a more passive and anonymous way, without having to post your work if you don’t want to. If you do join the Facebook group you will get the additional benefits of being in a ‘live’ class, such as getting support from the other students and the teacher, asking questions, and meeting new friends. The group is private and provides a safe environment for all participants of every level.

I don't have a Facebook account. Do I need one in order to take this class?

You don’t necessarily need a Facebook account to take this class. The course website is a dedicated website that you get access to after you sign up for the class. The Facebook group is optional.

However, if you do want to join the Facebook group but don’t have a Facebook account (yet), you can also consider creating a Facebook account just for this workshop alone.

Do you work with reference photos in this course?

Yes, we will be working with reference photos in this course. They will be available for download from the course website.

Will we be using oil pastels in this course?

No, in this course we’re not going to use any oil pastels, but focus on the group of so-called ‘dry pastels’: soft pastels, hard pastels and pastel pencils.

Will we be using panpastels in this course?

I’m not going to use any panpastels in the projects of this course, but they will be discussed and demonstrated in one of the exercises so if you like to use them you can certainly do so.

Do I need fixative for this course?

No, you don’t need any fixative for this course. It will not be used for the projects and exercises, and I will show you how I store my work without needing any fixative.

Is there a payment plan available for this course?

Yes, there is a payment plan available for this course. Click here for all details and to sign up for the payment plan.

Can I get a refund after purchasing this course?

Due to the downloadable nature of this course, no refunds are given after the starting date.

Can I give this course as a gift?

Certainly! Just contact me by filling in the form below and I’ll be happy to help.

How can I contact you?

You can contact me by filling in this form.

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