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Coloured Pencils Workshop
Coloured Pencils Workshop

Sat, Feb 25


Leduc Arts Foundry

Coloured Pencils Workshop

with Crystal Dreidger $75 Student / $90 members / $105 non-members

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Time & Location

Feb 25, 2023, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Leduc Arts Foundry, Leduc Recreational Centre, 4330 Black Gold Dr, Leduc, AB T9E 3C3, Canada

About the event

This workshop occurs on a single date:

Feb 25 / 2023

10 am - 4 pm


  • Student $75
  • Member $90
  • Non-Member $105

Discover the joy and precision of coloured pencils as you learn more about this thoughtful and delicate medium and its peaceful, meditative qualities. Open to beginners (including those who claim they “can’t draw!”) and for those looking to improve upon skills they already have.

In this one-day workshop, you’ll learn how effectively use coloured pencils to create smooth colour gradients, and textures and you will learn various tips and tricks to getting great results with this beautiful medium. You may bring your own reference, or you may use the instructor’s photograph for reference for your final piece after trying the technique and doing several tests on a separate piece of paper. You will see demonstrations and there will be time to test and try different techniques before starting work on your final piece.

About the instructor:

Crystal Driedger has been a full-time illustrator and fine artist for 20 years. She teaches illustration at MacEwan University and has work published in the Royal Alberta Museum, Telus world of science (and others). Her botanical coloured-pencil piece of provider beans was recently recognized by being accepted into the prestigious international 25th annual American Society of Botanical Artists in New York. She has lived and worked in Sherwood Park for the last 8 years.

Supplies List​

Bristol Vellum Surface Paper (9x12” or larger)

OR Hot Pressed Watercolour paper (140lb+)

One (or more)Set of your preferred brand Of coloured pencils  I recommend buying the best brand you can afford for your budget – but definitely not coloured pencils from the dollar store. These are brands that I can recommend, are lightfast and work well together :

  • Faber-Castel polychromos
  • Derwent Lightfast & CaranDache Luminance
  • Holbein, or Sanford Prismacolor Premier Soft Core 
  • Prismacolor Premier Colored Pencils (*I have not tried this brand with the others above but have heard good things about them and they are often found in a beginner's price range).


  • Kneadable eraser and White Eraser

These are recommended but OPTIONAL:

  • Tombow Mono zero eraser (**Highly recommend!)
  • Battery powered eraser by derwent & Eraser shield

A Good quality Sharpener

  • Hand sharpener recommended brand: KUM sharpener (delta art, $5)
  • The electric model recommended brand: Trip Worthy electric (amazon, $26)

Blender tool

(**Highly recommended for smooth results)

  • Clay shaper tools - extra firm, taper point size 0  or A small chisel tip brush, firm (and scissors)
  • or a blender pencil

I teach a solvent-free method of using coloured pencils, but if you have a solvent blender, you’re welcome to bring it.

Reference Image  (if you don’t want to use supplied image, or for beginners)

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