History and Techniques in Soft Pastel with Royal Talens’ Art Education director Jeff Olson

July 21, 2021


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When: Jul 21, 2021 11:00 AM  

Soft pastels offer a wide variety of applications and techniques. One of the most basic, and most elusive, is the art of blending. Join Royal Talens’ Art Education director Jeff Olson as he shares some of the history of pastels, their basic composition and working properties, and a few practical blending techniques that make the most of this very expressive medium and Empower Your Creativity!



Jeff’s Materials List

Rembrandt Soft Pastel 5 Half Stick Micro Sets in…

  • Warm Yellows
  • Warm Reds
  • Warm Blues
  • Storm Greys
  • Light Greys

Talens Art Creation Gouache Set of 12 

Light and Dark Pastel Papers such as Canson Mi Teintes

Toned Papers such as Strathmore Mixed Media 

Crafter’s Workshop Stencils

Chamois cloth

Blending stump or Tortillion

Pastel Brush


Kneaded Eraser



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Royal Talens Bio 

The mission of Royal Talens, founded in 1899, is to facilitate and stimulate creative expression in painting and drawing. We market inspiring and innovative top-quality products including Rembrandt Watercolors. Talens’ Art Education mission is to provide “resources for artists and instructors that engage, inform and inspire artistic experimentation and expression.”

Artist Bio

Jeff holds a BA and MFA in painting and drawing and is a working artist exhibiting for more than thirty years. He has more than a decade of college and university teaching experience in studio art, and more than twenty years in the art material industry with product expertise in a variety of mediums; Olson’s lectures deliver meaningful insights into the history, development, and application of artists’ materials.



July 21, 2021
11:00 am - 12:30 pm