Introduction to Pastel – The Art Students League

Introduction to Pastel

Ephraim Rubenstein

Ephraim Rubenstein "Still Life with Lemons"
Ephraim Rubenstein

Workshop Description

December 9-10
Saturday–Sunday, 10:00 am–4:30pm
Fee: $240
Instructor present each day until 2:00 pm (the last part of class is studio time supervised by the monitor)
Enrollment limited to 14 students
Please request supply list


This weekend workshop in pastel will help students get started in the use of soft pastel only (not oil pastel!). Considered drawing by some and painting by others, using soft pastel presents a number of technical problems that will be addressed during the workshop. Topics will include a thorough review of materials (papers, boards, grounds and the pastels themselves), as well as procedural concerns (working hard to soft, dark to light, blending versus hatching and fixing). The class will work from still life set-ups.

About the Instructor

Ephraim Rubenstein received his B.A. in art history from Columbia University and his M.F.A. in painting from Columbia University’s School of the Arts. Mr. Rubenstein has had eleven one-person exhibitions in New York at Tibor de Nagy Gallery, Tatistcheff & Co., and most recently at George Billis Gallery in Chelsea. He has also exhibited at the Butler Institute of American Art, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, and the National Academy of Design, where he won the Emil Carlsen and Beatrice Laufman Awards. His work is represented in numerous public and private collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Mr. Rubenstein is an active teacher as well. From 1987 to 1998, he was associate professor of art at the University of Richmond, where he received the Distinguished Educator Award and the Outstanding Faculty Award from the Commonwealth of Virginia. He has taught at the Rhode Island School of Design and the Maryland Institute College of Art, and he is currently on the faculty at Columbia University as well as at the Art Students League.

This lecture was filmed before a live audience in the League’s Phyllis Harriman Mason Gallery on February 23, 2017.

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