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Art Club! Making Realistic Skin Tones (With Colored Pencils) for Middle Schoolers
Thursday, September 3rd, 4:00 – 4:45pm

Live via Zoom! FREE
Registration Required HERE to receive Zoom Link

Pull out a piece of paper and three colored pencils–red, blue, and yellow–and hang with Julie from the Carnegie Center in this live class, Making Realistic Skin Tones (With Colored Pencils). During this 45-minute art lesson, Julie will demonstrate specific techniques for blending colored pencils with the goal of creating natural looking skin tones in your drawings. The methods in this lesson will improve your overall portrait drawing skills, as well give you new strengths in understanding basic color blending. Because this lesson is not pre-recorded, you will be able to ask questions and receive personalized feedback on your technique.

This project is best for ages 5th through 8th grade who have an interest in art, but older children in the household are welcome to participate. This class is inspired in part by the exhibition Permanent and Natural that was at the Carnegie Center for Art and History.

All skill levels are welcome!


  • Several sheets of professional drawing paper
  • A pack of colored pencils
  • A rubber eraser

Nice-to-have extras:

  • A drawing board
  • A ruler or something with a straight edge
  • Masking tape for taping your paper
  • A patient person to sit for you and pose, or mirror

Classes are limited to 10 students. You will need a mobile device (such as an ipad) or computer with audio and microphone capability. Supplies are common to most households with creative kids, but substitutions are possible. You can also order supplies with free delivery from Preston Arts Center! If providing supplies is a barrier for your young artist, email to request a free supply kit for pick-up.


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