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Pastel Step by Step


Pastel Step by Step

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Publisher: Walter Foster Publishing

Author: Marla Baggetta

Illustrator: Marla Baggetta

List Price: $9.95

Ages: All Ages

Reviewed By: Kate O'Mara

From the Artist’s Library Series, Pastel Step by Step instructs artistic students to create new and wonderful art with the use of pastels. If the artist is already familiar with pastels, this book offers tips to improve, but if the artist is new to pastels, this book is invaluable.

Marla Baggetta has created art for such companies as: Disney, Trans America, Nissan, Houghton Mifflin, Harcourt Brace and others. She has received numerous awards for her work. She divides her time between landscape painting and illustration.

The harried homeschool parent will love this book. You’ll need to take the time to review the tools and materials section before giving the book to your student. You may need a trip to a favorite art resource website or your local art store before you begin. It’s not a problem, because the materials are shown at the beginning of the book.

Lessons begin with pre-lessons about color and techniques. A young artist may wish to play with the different strokes, ways of texturing and combining techniques.

There are 12 lessons in Pastel Step by Step, which cover landscapes, still lifes, creating depth, using photos, depicting clouds and skyscrapers, working with white, flowers, light and shadow, animals, a self portrait, theme, and artistic license.

I love the way Marla Baggetta explains exactly how to reproduce the pictures in the book. For example in “Expressing a Theme” she says,“Step One I begin by sketching out my idea several times until I have what I want. Then I enlarge the sketch on a copy machine. I want to add a pattern to the skirt, so I work out the floral pattern on a separate piece of tissue paper and tape it over the photocopy of the sketch with transparent tape. Then I create a color sketch using markers to work out my color scheme.”

Thank you, thank you Marla for taking the mystery out of art. My kids and I do okay with most books but we found the truthful, down-to-earth, here-is-how-I-did-this way you communicate in this book, so very helpful. Did I say, thank you?

For 250 years, artists have used pastels to create some fabulous pieces because it produces vibrant colors, and they have a certain level of control over the medium. Recently however, there is concern about breathing pastel dust and using pastels in the home. It is this reviewer’s suggestion to move your art lessons outside where the dust will be a smaller issue.
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Available From: Walter Foster Publishing
Address: 3 Wrigley, Suite A Irvine, CA 92618
Other Notes: Soft cover, 64 pages.
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