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Drawing with Pastel

Unlock the vibrant world of soft pastels in this online course. Discover color theory and enhance your drawing skills as you explore classic still-lifes, figures, and photographs. Receive individual feedback and guidance from instructor Eva Nikolova along the way.

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  • 18 and older
  • $330
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  • 15 hours over 6 sessions

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  • Thu, Jul 11 at 10:30am - 1:00pm
  • Thu, Jul 18 at 10:30am - 1:00pm
  • Thu, Jul 25 at 10:30am - 1:00pm
  • Thu, Aug 01 at 10:30am - 1:00pm
  • Thu, Aug 08 at 10:30am - 1:00pm
  • Thu, Aug 15 at 10:30am - 1:00pm
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Class Description


What you'll learn in this pastel class:

Discover the beautiful medium of soft pastel!

Learn the fundamentals of color theory and develop your drawing skills. Get inspired by classic still-lifes, the figure, or photographs. Classes include demonstrations, lectures, and real time individual feedback.

Supply list for Eva Nikolova: 

  • 1 box 60 or 30 half sticks (Recommended Brand: Rembrandt Soft Pastels). Do not buy oil pastels
  • Prismacolor Nupastel set (this is an optional item but I do recommend the box of 96 pastels)
  • 1 pad around 14” x 17” (Recommended Brands: Strathmore 500 series charcoal paper in Assorted Tints; Canson Mi-Tientes Pad; Canson Mi-Teintes Spiral Pad (if purchasing this, you do not need tracing paper))
  • Tracing paper (to protect drawings)
  • Vine charcoal
  • Plastic eraser
  • Cheapest ¾” flat synthetic watercolor brush
  • 3 large bulldog clips

Remote Learning

This course is available for "remote" learning and will be available to anyone with access to an internet device with a microphone (this includes most models of computers, tablets). Classes will take place with a "Live" instructor at the date/times listed below.

Upon registration, the instructor will send along additional information about how to log-on and participate in the class.

School Notes:  

Online programs: An access link will be emailed to you after purchase.

Refund Policy

In the event that some or all of the meetings of the program cannot happen in person, programs will be held at the scheduled time in a virtual format via a video conferencing platform. The programs will continue through hands-on, at-home activities, lectures, presentations, and/or group discussions. No refunds will be issued should any portion of a course be held virtually.

We are not responsible for providing makeup classes or issuing refunds for programs missed as a result of illness, emergencies or other events beyond our control.

There are no refunds for outings, classes or workshops that meet fewer than three times per semester.

If you are unable to attend, you may contact [email protected] prior to the first date for a receipt that enables you to claim your contribution as a tax-deductible gift.

Unless otherwise noted in program description, the following schedule applies to programs which meet three times or more per semester:

  • To receive a 95% refund, written request must be received 14 business days prior to the first session.
  • To receive a 75% refund, written request must be received at least 2 business days prior to the first session.
  • To receive a 50% refund, written request must be received at least 2 business days prior to the second session.
  • After that, refunds cannot be granted.

All refund requests must be submitted in writing to [email protected]

Refunds are computed from the date written notice is received. To receive a refund, you must enclose the original of your confirmation letter.

Please allow three to four weeks for processing of your refund request.

Processing fees, membership fees, auditions fees and class or exercise cards are not refundable. No cash refunds.

In any event where a customer wants to cancel their enrollment and is eligible for a full refund, a 5% processing fee will be deducted from the refund amount.

Reviews of Classes at 92nd Street Y (1,074)

(4.5-star rating across 1,074 reviews)
  • Drawing with Pastel

    Reviewed by Aldona J. on 5/12/2021
    I learned so much in this class. Melanie is terrific.
  • Drawing with Pastel

    Reviewed by Carmela M. on 5/12/2021
    What a great class with a wonderful talented and supportive instructor!
  • Drawing with Pastel

    Reviewed by Linda K. on 3/7/2021
    Great teacher
  • Drawing with Pastel

    Reviewed by Carmela M. on 7/14/2021
  • Drawing with Pastel

    Reviewed by Carmela M. on 6/22/2021
  • Drawing with Pastel

    Reviewed by Linda K. on 4/13/2021
  • Drawing with Pastel

    Reviewed by Carmela M. on 4/7/2021
  • Drawing with Pastel

    Reviewed by Linda K. on 2/7/2021
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Students highly appreciate the online Drawing with Pastel class, frequently commending the quality of the instruction and the skills they acquired. They mention learning significantly from the course and describe the instructor, Melanie, as outstanding and supportive. The course isn’t just beneficial for the drawing techniques taught, but also for the enriching and encouraging environment fostered by the instructor. The class is generally seen as wonderful, with a talented guide, ensuring students walk away not only with improved drawing skills but also with a positive learning experience. Overall, the instructor's teaching abilities and support play a significant role in the student's successful learning journey. Students take away skills, experience, and a supportive learning community. Direct student quotes include: 1. "I learned so much in this class." 2. "What a great class with a wonderful, talented, and supportive instructor!" 3. "Melanie is terrific."

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