Soft pastel still life workshop at Volcano Art Center

  • The soft pastel still life workshop will be held 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18, at Volcano Art Center. (Courtesy photo)
  • A student works during a pastel still life workshop. (Courtesy photo)

Exaggerate! Be bold with colors and yourself using lights and darks and enjoy the marks you make on paper using a proven signature rotational method for success with soft pastels.

Big Island artist and instructor Patti Pease Johnson can help you gain the confidence and techniques of this centuries-old medium. Patti supplies the instruction and materials along with guidance and inspiration for this process along with some handy tips for your creative journey.


Grow your knowledge of composition, color and correcting problems. Learn about the different types of pastels, different papers, fixing and mounting paper on backing.

Then use newsprint to get the flow of arm movements to keep loose. Next, you’ll begin forming shapes and move into colors on pastel paper from close observation of the set up still life. Students will complete a 9-inch by 12-inch project.

The soft pastel still life workshop will be held 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18, at Volcano Art Center. Cost for the workshop is $50 and $45 for VAC members, plus a $15 fee, inclusive of supplies.

Beginner and intermediate artists are welcome. For more information or to register call VAC at 808-967-8222 or visit online at

Patti Pease Johnson’s artwork can be found at galleries and shops across the state and in collections around the world.


The Volcano Art Center’s Niaulani Campus is located at 19-4074 Old Volcano Road in Volcano Village.

The Volcano Art Center is a nonprofit educational organization created in 1974 to promote, develop, and perpetuate the artistic and cultural heritage of Hawai‘i’s people and environment through activities in the visual, literary, and performing arts. Please visit

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