Oil Pastels are an easy way to start drawing and painting and to unleash your creativity. From their introduction in 1920s Japan by the Sakura company as an expressive tool for children to their refinement in 1949 by the Sennelier company at the request of Pablo Picasso they have been used by children, art students and fine artists alike. With improved pigments and materials oil pastels are being recognized as a fine art medium. Their vibrant colors, portability and ease of use increase their appeal. In this class we will learn about the different brands and quality of oil pastels, what papers and surfaces are suitable for oil pastels and how to use different techniques to express our artistic vision.