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Oil Pastel

Oil Pastel Animal Portraits for Middle School Art Class
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Lindsey Foushee

on 15 March 2016

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Transcript of Oil Pastel

Basic Oil Pastel Techniques
Oil Pastel
Advanced Oil Pastel Techniques &
Color Mixing
Assignment
Use oil pastels to create a portrait of an animal of your choice.
Steps to "Painting" with Oil Pastels
1. Sketch your shapes. Use pencil or light pastel.
Steps to "Painting" with Oil Pastel
Oil Pastel vs. Chalk Pastels
Animal Portraits
Oil pastels and chalk pastels are similar in that they both have bright pigments and come in a stick format. The difference is in consistency:

Oil pastels use soft wax and oils, with a crayon-like texture that can be built up for a greasy consistency, but due to their oil content, oil pastels will never completely dry. Chalk pastels are powdery with a softer appearance and blend easily, but must be sprayed with a fixative to avoid smearing.

Both types of pastels can create soft blended effects or sharp detail with practice.
Use your BYOD device to research animals or use a book from the classroom library.
Do not draw from imagination.
2. Fill with areas of solid color. Colors can be mixed later.
3. Look for areas of lighter value. Color in with lighter pastel or white.
4. Look for areas of shadow. Use small dots of black-- a little goes a long way!
Steps to "Painting" with Oil Pastel
6. Begin to gently blend. Add more pastel as needed if not blending easily.
5. Start to build up your pastels to get a thick layer. Marks go in the same direction as fur/ hair/ feather growth.
Steps to "Painting" with Oil Pastel
7. Go back over blended pastel to add texture with different marks.
8. Add any final details and line-work.
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