There were 9 artists in attendance. I taught technique, and had an interesting closing question from Roy. He wanted me to state 5 key tips for the beginner pastellist. Here is what I said:
1. Peel the paper off most of your sticks, and put them all in a tray. In other words, get them out of the foam box and into a studio palette system.
2. Find a paper you like and stay with it a while.
3. Use artist's grade tools.
4. Find out what your ideas are and develop those in your work. The truth is available for an artist of any skill level to tell.
5. Line up several of your artworks and write down 25 observations about them. This will help you understand what it is you have been doing, what your ideas are, and what makes your work unique.
I couldn't help going to process solutions because I like to focus on what makes fine art fine.
But, I want to have a technique-focused answer that's less esoteric. With more thought, I might replace 4 and 5 with the following:
4. Learn how to handle your values and to blend colors. We spent a good deal of out time on this in the 1 day workshop.
5. Work from good drawings that you have done.