– Buttery, Blendable Oil Pastels


Their creamy consistency and brilliant colors make oil pastels a uniquely fun medium to explore. Oil pastels can be used for both drawing and painting, since they respond to any oil painting medium. Let me introduce you to this beautiful and versatile medium!

In this online workshop, you'll...

  • Discover the fascinating origins of these highly pigmented oil sticks. They were created because of a special request by 2 famous artists.
  • Learn the difference in the quality of different manufacturers, and how the best pastels have a soft consistency that makes them such fun to work with.
  • See the different surfaces that are ideal for this medium.
  • Learn the tools and methods to create a piece you can be proud of!

"Elaine was able to take me from a person sitting before a blank canvas to a woman who saw herself as an artist!                                            I created a beautiful seascape that gives me such a feeling of pride.
Thank you, Elaine for bringing out such talent in me – 
yes, Me! 
I still can’t believe it!"
Jane Meade

Here's what others created using this easy-to-learn technique:

Frequently Asked Questions 

Is this difficult to learn and do?

Are the materials expensive? 

Do I need any previous experience creating art? 

Hi, I'm Elaine - and I'm thrilled that you're here!

I've been an artist since I was a small child, using the chalk from a broken wall to draw on the slate sidewalk in front of my home...

and I've been teaching since I was a teenager, tasked with doing arts and crafts for summer kids camp. 

I've had a long career filled with lots of artsy stuff, from illustrating an international children's magazine to paintings hanging in public and private spaces across the US.

These days I'm happy to guide others into being their already creative selves. I work to bring art curriculum to active senior centers, teach art in my community, and run art programs for kids. Bringing some instruction online helps me to reach YOU - it's my prayer that you can find a means of expressing yourself that makes your heart sing!

When my students ask me what my favorite medium is, I say "The one I'm working with in that moment" because I enjoy so many of them. I love to draw, paint, and create, and I love to share what I know, too. There are many ways to make art...let's have some fun with them!


You'll be purchasing this online workshop entirely risk free. If, after giving this course a serious try, you feel like you have not enjoyed the workshop at all, send us a message within 10 days after your purchase, with a picture of what you have created and a brief description of where you got stuck, and we'll gladly refund you your workshop fee.