Introduction to Painting in Soft Pastel Registration
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Introduction to Painting in Soft Pastel
Registration Begins
11/16/2021 1:00 AM
Last Day To Register
4/28/2022 11:55 PM
3330 Atwood Ave
Madison, WI 53704, US
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Explore the fun, colorful, versatile, and expressive world of soft pastels. Join us for an engaging introduction to this dry painting medium through two exercises on different papers. This workshop is beneficial for beginners or as a refresher course for those with some experience.  All paper is provided; see supply list for other required materials. Please bring a bag lunch. 

Instructor: Kay Brathol-Hostvet, Brathol-Hostvet Studio



  • Bag Lunch
  • Set of pastels--24 minimum—more is better! 
    • Do NOT bring any of these: oil pastels or Craypas; Alphacolor, SMI, Heritage, Art Loft, or Loew-Cornell brand pastels; or any brand of iridescent soft pastels. You get what you pay for; inexpensive sets are disappointing. If you are just starting out and on a budget, I suggest a 36 or 48 count set of NuPastels.
  • Workable Fixative spray (Krylon recommended) Make sure the can reads “workable”.
  • Masking tape, ordinary beige
  • Small tray to hold your pastels while working (old cake pan, the lid from pastel box, etc)
  • Small clean rag in a zip-lock bag for finger clean up.


  • Clean newsprint or glassine to cover and transport your finished works home. 
  • Additional soft pastels in hard, medium or soft density—bring more than the minimum if you can.
  • Pastel pencils (not colored pencils) and X-Acto knife or sharpener
  • Freestanding floor or table easel that is easily transported IF it holds a board completely vertical
  • A large assortment of your own photographs, printed out rather than on a digital device (no copyrighted images from cards, calendars, magazines, etc)


Ages 16 and up (Adult and Youth)

This class will be held at Olbrich Botanical Gardens on Friday, May 6, 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

$155.00 per Non-Member
$124.00 per Olbrich Member

Olbrich Botanical Gardens
3330 Atwood Avenue
Madison, WI 53704


Olbrich Botanical Gardens
3330 Atwood Avenue
Madison, WI 53704