Are you so overwhelmed by color choices that you struggle to begin?

I've been where you are!

Over the years, I have learned that more isn't always better. I've developed a process that will show you how to use color effectively. By using a limited number of pastels, you will learn that you don't need to use every stick in your box in one painting, and most importantly, gain confidence in your color choices. Plus, I simply love teaching, and can't wait to share this with you!

Your Color Champion

Lynn Goldstein

I have been working in the pastel medium for over 30 years. For over 20 years I have been teaching in-person classes and workshops in the mid-Atlantic region and internationally. I have taught classes at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC where I have also led tours for over 20 years. I am proud to have attained signature membership in the Pastel Society of America and the Maryland Pastel Society. All my experience of sharing art and art-making with others has become a passion, and I look forward to sharing my knowledge with you in my online courses.

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Introduction to Build Color Confidence

  • 2

    Your supplies

    • What you will need

  • 3

    Your inspiration

    • Examples of resource photos and paintings

  • 4

    Making your sketch

    • Simplified Sketch

  • 5

    Basic application techniques

    • Ways to apply pastels to paper

  • 7

    Toning your paper

    • How to tone pastel paper

  • 8

    Painting # 1: Tetrad color scheme

    • Painting on a dark background with 6 pastels

  • 9

    Painting #2: Triad color scheme

    • Painting on mid-value background with 7 pastels

  • 10

    Painting #3: Analogous color scheme

    • Painting on pastel toned background with 6 pastels

  • 11

    Bonus 1

    • Pastel papers—comprehensive list of papers you may try

  • 12

    Bonus 2

    • History of pastel

  • 13

    Bonus 3

    • Pastel brands—a list based on consistency of brand

  • 14

    Thanks so much

    • Thank you and next steps

What students are saying...

"Thank you so much for your pastel workshop. I'm appreciating the information. You are making it so enjoyable and I'm feeling I'm in the room with you." Pauline Johnson

With Build Color Confidence you will learn:

  • Where to begin in your pastel painting

  • How to use a color wheel for color harmony

  • How to better select resource material so that you will have strong compositions from the start

  • Techniques for applying pastel to add interest to your art

  • How to tone your pastel paper to liven up your paintings

  • Why sketching your composition first can save you time and money

What's Included

  • Self-paced learning

    All lessons available to work through at your own pace, Including 6 instructional videos and 4 demonstration videos with over 2 hours of content and 9 handouts to clarify what is in the videos for a handy resource.

  • Private group

    Learn ways to improve your work in the private discussion group (not Facebook) from other students and where I can answer your questions

What students are saying...

"I just finished going through the entire class and now will start doing the assignments. I am learning lots! Great class!" Teresa Brunson

Put an end to indecisive color choices!

Frequently Asked Questions

  • When does the course start and finish?

    You have immediate access and will have lifetime access to all of the course materials.

  • How long do I have access to the course?

    How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own. Once you sign up for the course you will be on my email list and will receive periodic emails from me with information about upcoming workshops and images of my art.

  • What level is the course suitable for?

    This is perfect for beginning and intermediate pastel artists. Some drawing experience is important to make it more fun for you.

  • What is the refund policy?

    I want you to be happy with your experience. You may have a full refund 7 days after purchase if you are dissatisfied.

  • Do I need to purchase all the supplies on the list?

    I have indicated what is optional in the supply list provided. To achieve the best possible learning experience and end results to your projects, I highly recommend that you buy what is included on the list. At a minimum, you will need 3 sheets of Uart 300 grit buff paper, and individual pastel sticks.

  • Should I do all the lessons in order?

    Yes, the information builds and you will likely do best if you follow the modules one after the other. One way to get the most out of the course is to look through all the lessons and then start doing the work from the beginning.

  • What are the internet requirements?

    You will need high-speed internet to watch the videos and/or download the content.

  • Will there be an online community?

    Absolutely! I am happy to see what you’re up to and answer your questions in our private discussion group. I will be active in the group discussion board for 6 weeks. I’m so excited to talk with you when we meet….

  • Will I have any access to Lynn for answers to my questions?

    Yes. You may always contact Lynn at: [email protected]. You will also have access to the private discussion board (not Facebook).