Painting with Pastels and Sipping Summer Iced Teas

A pastel painting class, with summer refreshment? Does it sound like a relaxing way to while away a Saturday to you? Saturday, August 24, from 11 am to 2 pm at the Tacoma Art Museum the class “Painting with Pastels and Sipping Summer Iced Teas” will be held. The painting pastels class is an entry-level self-portrait workshop. Attendees will be able to learn basic techniques, including using a mirror or bringing a photo to do a self-portrait of themselves. A variety of iced teas will be available to drink while working on your masterpiece. The class will take place on the balcony at the Tacoma Art Museum, to be sure that you have proper inspiration with a lovely view of downtown Tacoma.

Kara Bonavia, public programs and volunteer coordinator, explained that the Tacoma Art Museum attempts to provide visitors with an opportunity to explore various avenues for creative expression and art. They hold classes for participants to practice with the help of an instructor.

Since this is designed as a welcoming beginner class, no prerequisite skills are needed, just a desire to explore and create. “Those who already know how to use pastels will have fun and might gain some instructions from the instructor and those who are new to the medium will have the opportunity to learn about the medium from a trained instructor,” commented Kara.

The cost of the event is $35 per adult ($25 for TAM members). A child may participate for an additional $10, but only with a registered adult. The fee includes all supplies. Advanced registration is preferred, but registrations are accepted the morning of  the event.

A flyer for the class can be downloaded here.
For more information or to register for the event, please call: 253-272-4258 or visit:

By: Carly Calabrese, staff for

Edited by Reba Winstead, editor for

3 thoughts on “Painting with Pastels and Sipping Summer Iced Teas”

  1. Thanks for posting this event! As the coordinator, I’m very excited to be planning this workshop. We’ll have delicious treats and a great instructor that will give us the basics and instruct our techniques in pastels. The weather should be nice and we plan to have the workshop outside on our atrium that overlooks downtown Tacoma. Please visit if you have questions or want to reserve tickets for this workshop.

  2. What a fantastic opportunity to get in on the basic techniques in painting and sipping tea at the same time. Sounds enjoyable and relaxing, and afterwards visiting the Art Museum. I’ve never been there so I’m looking forward to attending the class. You always seem to find the most interesting events to do Carly thanks.

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