Intro to Colored Pencil with Julie Tyslicky

Intro to Colored Pencil with instructor Julie Tyslicky


  • Instructor: Julie Tyslicky
  • 8-week session
  • Tuesdays 3pm – 6pm
  • January 17th-Feb. 22nd
  • $155 members $205 for non-members

Beginning Colored Pencil is an 8 week class that will teach you how to use and blend your colored pencils. This is not a coloring book type class. We will learn about the different types of pencils and their uses. This class teaches color theory in a hands on and in depth manner through assignments and in class discussions. This class goes in depth on how to layer and blend using color theory as the backbone to understanding color and how to get it on your paper, and why that is important. This class does not teach basic drawing techniques (other than how to shade a sphere), an understanding of basic drawing and grey scale values is advised. However, if you are a beginner, we do spheres (we trace the circle) and eggs primarily as subject matter and you will do just fine.


Skills covered in class:
-How to use your colored pencils
-Different types of pencils, wax base versus oil base, hard pencils and soft
-Different papers to use
 -Surfaces you can create to draw on
 -learning to layer colored pencil
 -Different blending techniques including solvents,
 -Color theory used to create better color   drawings
 -Practice creating shadows with   complimentary colors
 -Starting you toward developing your   own style

Supply List Needed: 

  • 1 – Black, White, or Pink Pearl hard eraser.
  • 1 – White/Cream drawing paper pad 80 to 90 pound weight    12 x 16-18 inches or larger (look at bottom of pad to see listed weight of paper) can get the colored pencil paper, 70 pound will not work well.
  • 1 – Colorless Blending pencil (Prismacolor #PC1077)
  • Minimum, Set of 24 Prismacolor Premier or student round colored pencils. ****Do not get colored pencils with sides on them for the beginning class (sides like a regular school pencil) because they are a hard lead and may cause you to get discouraged when learning to layer and blend. More explanations and demos will be given in class. You can wait until after the first class to get these pencils.

Supply List Optional: 

    • Electric or Battery operated eraser. (I have 3 different kinds I show you how to use in class of varying prices)
    • 1 Pencil sharpener (small and inexpensive) We will be discussing this in class to be better informed on the different kinds available, what works best and lasts longer and why.
    • You will need an art supply or “tackle” box, something to carry your supplies in and keep them safe.
    • You will also need a portfolio to carry your work back and forth from class.

Hobby Lobby, Michaels, and University Art Store will have these supplies, Staples carries some also. 

You can go on line to order supplies, Dick Blick, Jerry’s Art o Rama are just two examples. 

Click HERE to register.


A little about Julie…

Julie was born in Historic Marshall Michigan and has lived and created art of one kind or another in Michigan the majority of her life.  In 1981, during the last half of her junior year of high school, Julie spent 6 months in Tlacotepec, Michoacan, Mexico as an exchange student.

Julie has demonstrated her various skills over the years at living history events, county fairs, Michigan Week activities in Marshall, for schools and individuals, and the Art Fairs  for Midland Center for the Arts. She has taught art for over 30 years for private schools, some special drawing classes for public schools,  homeschool students, 4-H groups, and adults. Most recently serving as an assistant to Armin Mersmann in his Masters of Drawing classes at Midland Center for the Arts. She has also taught colored pencil, begining drawing, and woodburning classes at Art Reach in Mt Pleasant.
In the past she has served as a juror for art competitions for private schools and 4H competition’s. Julie competes in various juried art shows and over the years has earned awards, and recognition for her pieces.

She attended Kellogg Community College with a concentration in CAD drawing, general studies, and drawing, completing 90+ credit hours but had to leave because of health reasons.

In the fall of 2012, she moved to Coleman Michigan with her husband Jon and registered for classes at Midland Center for the Arts, to strengthen her art skills and to meet other area artists. She studied with internationally recognized graphic artist Armin Mersmann, whom she now views as her mentor, guide, and friend. She has studied with other working artists at the Center, including Ruth Howell and Kathy Jones. After taking a colored pencil class with Ruth Howell, her interest and skill in colored pencil drawing grew and resulted in drawing one of her favorite subjects – the rocks she collects.

Julie has participated in exhibitions at Midland Center for the Arts every year since she moved to the area including the Greater Michigan Art Exhibition, the student show, the Spring  and Winter Art Fairs, (demonstrating her colored pencil and drawing  skills with Ruth for the Center), Art Flair and Art Walk Central in Mt Pleasent , (placing in the top 5 for public votes in 2017), and participating in the Art Battle.

Julie has many interests and skills besides drawing and painting. She enjoys nature, reading, wood burning, finding edible wild plants, living history re-enacting, hand sewing many historical garments, moccasins, and hand-sewing special outfits for her new grandchildren, shearing sheep, processing, spinning, dyeing and weaving the wool, horses, gardening, and of course collecting rocks.

Julie has a good work ethic and is constantly seeking to do better with the next piece. She feels the more work you put into learning and doing,  the more you learn and do. The interest that ties all of that together is her love of learning to do new things, experimenting with those new things and the act of creating something, just because she can.


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