The Skies Have It! Soft Pastel Workshop

The Skies Have It! Soft Pastel Workshop
Registration Begins
11/18/2022 1:00 AM
Last Day To Register
4/27/2023 11:55 PM
3330 Atwood Ave
Madison, WI 53704, US
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This class is full! To be added to the waitlist, email rbenedict@cityofmadison.com with your phone number and the title of the class. 

Learn how to create clouds, haze, rain shafts, and other atmospheric conditions in the soft pastel medium. Challenge yourself to create a more engaging painting that goes beyond your photo references by exaggerating or changing colors, increasing or reducing contrast, and creating hard and soft edges. Some previous pastel experience is helpful but not required. Please bring a bag lunch.

Instructor: Kay Brathol-Hostvet, Brathol-Hostvet Studio

Ages 16 and up (Adult and Youth)

This class will be held at Olbrich Botanical Gardens on Sunday, May 7, 10:30-4:30 p.m.

We are currently following local public health guidelines, so masks/face covers are not required at this time.

Note from your instructor:

           You are required to have at least 36 different colors of soft pastels for this class—but more is definitely better. Regardless of the size of your set, you need to have an assortment of cool and warm blues, grays, and purples for best results. I will be providing all of the pastel paper/supports as well as having easels, boards, and other materials on hand if you need them. The required materials are available at art stores or you can order online from Jerry’s Artarama, Cheap Joe's, Dick Blick, etc. Feel free to email (preferred) or call me if you have any questions or concerns. My contact information is listed at the top of this sheet. *Please bring a bag lunch; we only break for 30 minutes. I look forward to a fun and colorful day with you!




1)  Set of pastels—hard, medium or soft density (36 minimum—more is better. Having both hard and soft sticks is best). Soft-density pastels usually work best for atmospheric effects. Do NOT bring oil pastels, Craypas, or cheap school-grade Alphacolor, SMI, Heritage, Artist's Loft, or Loew Cornell brand pastels (recommended brands are listed below). You need to have an assortment of cool and warm blues, grays, and purples in several values.

2)  Workable Fixative spray (Krylon or Blair) Make sure the can says “workable.”

3)  Masking tape (ordinary beige, not blue or green)

4)  Small tray/basket to serve as your palette (small cake pan, gallon bucket lid, pastel box lid, etc.)

5)  Small sketch book or several sheets of unlined paper for planning and exercises

6)  Pencil (ordinary #2 or HB is fine) and eraser

7)  Rag in a zip-lock bag (for finger clean up while working). We will need to get our fingers dirty for this class!

8)  Glassine or clean newsprint for protecting your artwork to bring home.

9)  Photographic references containing clouds, rain, fogs, storms, rainbows, etc. Don't worry about them being works of art—we will make them art! Do not bring copyrighted images from magazines, calendars, etc.  Alternatively, you may select a photo from my collection. Please print out your images, do not bring in digital devices to work from unless you can keep the image onscreen for many hours.


Recommended/Optional (please do bring if you already own):

*Additional soft pastels, pastel pencils, X-Acto knife, your own table or floor easel if it can hold a drawing board completely vertical (tripod easels will be available in the studio).


These are some of the brand names to look for in pastel products:

Soft Pastels - Hard to Medium density:  Nupastels by Prismacolor (NOT Neopastels), Van Gogh, Holbein, Cretacolor, Richeson Semi-Hard pastels.

Soft Pastels – Medium-Soft to Extra-Soft density:  Rembrandt, Great American Art Works, Art Spectrum, Daler-Rowney, Unison, Windsor and Newton, Schmincke, Sennelier, Diane Townsend, Terry Ludwig. Faber-Castell/Grumbacher, Conte Soft, Mungyo Gallery

Pastel Pencils:  Conte, Schwan-Stabilo (Carb-Othello), Van Gogh, Faber-Castell, Derwent, Cretacolor


Questions about supplies can be directed to your instructor at kaybratholhostvet@gmail.com


$130.00 per Participant

Olbrich Botanical Gardens
3330 Atwood Avenue
Madison, WI 53704


Olbrich Botanical Gardens
3330 Atwood Avenue
Madison, WI 53704