• Artist – Sherry Woodward
  • 6+ Hours of content
  • Lifetime Access/Downloadable Content
  • Private FB Community
  • Course Price – $79
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Would You Like to Create Realistic, Impressionistic Floral Art?  Ready to Become a Master at Using Pastels Effectively?


In this course, you will learn to paint flowers in three different settings: flowers in a garden, flowers in a vase and flowers in a field. We will practice using a variety of design compositions, value placement and color temperature to create realistic, yet impressionistic floral art… and all of this using Soft Pastels! Whether you’re working from life or a photograph, you’ll get a strong foundation in not only painting such beautiful subject matter, but in using your pastels effectively for amazing effects.

SWoodward - Lesson 4 Details 1


By the end of this course students will have an understanding of the following concepts:

  • Spot different design compositions
  • Develop compositions for visual harmony
  • See flowers in shapes and values
  • Understand color temperature to create a sense of distance
  • Create the illusion of refracted and reflected light
  • Distinguish between crisp edges and lost edges
  • Use the power of suggestion
  • Build up layers of pigment from dark to light


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This course offers six full-length lessons! In lesson 1 we will go over several design compositions that can be used throughout the course. We will begin painting flowers up close in a garden setting, highlighting the areas of the flowers and leaves where sun light hits them. Lesson 2 will teach you how to use warm and cool temperatures to emphasize the light in your subject matter. In Lesson 3 we will paint flowers in a vase. We will learn when to show a hard edge, and a soft/lost edge, giving your subject a 3 dimensional look.

SWoodward - Lesson 1 Roses Final
SWoodward - Lesson 2 Sunflower Final
SWoodward - Lesson 3 Tulips Final

Our fourth lesson will focus on painting a variety of flower shapes and colors, a big bouquet, in a heavy-bottomed glass vase. Painting light refracting and reflecting in a clear glass vase requires observation and using just a few marks using the colors that we actually see. We will also learn to use our artistic license to make adjustments to bring balance and harmony to our finished painting.  Lesson 5 We will focus on creating atmospheric perspective in a landscape full of wild daisies. I show you how to develop three dimension on a 2 dimensional piece of paper.  Our final project will be a collection of flowers in a garden, including a bush full backlit roses. This lesson gives us the opportunity to use color temperature to create a dramatic composition.

SWoodward - Lesson 4 Bouquet Final
SWoodward - Lesson 5 Daisies Final
SWoodward - Lesson 6 Sunlit Roses Final


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Sherry pastel fingers

Sherry is self-taught artist, and art teacher living in the San Francisco Bay Area, with her husband and their dog.  She loves to paint almost daily and never runs out of inspiration.

Although she works full time as a commercial insurance broker, she is a prolific painter devoted to her craft.  Her work can be described as impressionistic, expressive, and impactful.

Sherry loves to share her process with her students, and encourage them to find the joy in painting and not to worry about making mistakes.


This course will have a private Facebook group just for you!  The artist will be actively involved with the class via Facebook the first four weeks the course is open!  After that the course will be a self-study.  The artist may or may not be involved after the four weeks.  We are looking forward to seeing your artwork!


Below is a list of the supplies that I will be using for the projects in this course.  However, you are always encouraged to use what you have on hand. 

Paper Options:

  • UArt sanded paper – 400 or 500 grit (best value)
  • Pastelmat sanded paper, which is more expensive and higher grit (probably 800 grit), which means it is more velvety textured and holds a little less layers of pastel than UArt.
  • Canson Mi-Tientes unsanded pastel paper – way less expensive and good to practice on, but your overall experience will be different than if you use sanded paper.
  • You can coat heavy (140+ lb.) watercolor paper with clear gesso (only the clear kind works), which gives it the tooth needed to grab onto pastel pigment. This is tricky and can be frustrating, but it’s an option.

Soft pastels: here is a list of the types and brands that I am using for this class):

  • Prismacolor Nupastel – these are the hardest of the soft pastels
  • Faber Castel – these are medium hardness and they are a great value for the money
  • Jack Richeson – depending on the set that you purchase, they could be medium/hard or super soft. I love my set of neutrals which are super soft.
  • Terry Ludwig – these are more expensive, but an excellent choice for softer pastels that are high quality and light fast.
  • Sennelier – Excellent extra soft pastel and relatively affordable. I like to use these pastels to add pops of color, or “eye candy”, to a painting.

NOTE: Soft pastels come in a range of hardness vs softness. Hard soft pastels are perfect to start out your painting and also for adding detail. They typically come in sets, which is good since you will need a range of values per color family (dark, mid-tone, light). Be sure to watch the video about Materials for additional information.

 Miscellaneous Supplies:

  • Artist tape
  • Plastic foam board if you are standing at your easel – should attach to artist clip board
  • Tray to capture pastel dust
  • Wide paint brush with soft bristles
  • Rubber gloves if you do not want to get your hands dirty
  • Rag, paper towel or baby wipes to clean hands as you paint
  • Isopropyl alcohol and bristly paint brush (for wet underpainting)
  • Optional: Glassine paper (for storing paintings flat until you are ready to frame them)
  • Pieces of packaging foam or pieces of foam pipe insulation to use for blending


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**Please talk to the artist of the course about his/her policy on selling artwork created in this course prior to selling any works created during course.  Some artists will allow it, while others do not.  Thank you for your support.


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