Kitty & Friends

An Online Pastel Workshop
with Marla Baggetta

What YOu'll


What's Included

How Do Draw Animals?

We may be focused on drawing animals but it would be wise to remember that we are still drawing shapes. There are no lines in nature, just shapes with color against one another.

How Do I Paint Fur?

The first thing to realize is that there are a lot of different kinds of fur that will require different techniques and different strokes. Just in one painting, there might be short smooth fur, long wispy fur, thick clumpy fur, etc.

Demo 1 - Mabel

How cute is Mabel? I decided to paint the straight-on gaze in order to highlight her different colored eyes.

Demo 2 - Kitty

This is a great opportunity to practice painting fur in pastel. Kitty has thick fur with variegated and subtle color shifts.

Demo 3 - Hummingbird

I love encountering these fascinating birds in my garden, especially their sound when they come close by.

Demo 4 - Duck

The Mandarin Duck is considered the most colorful duck in the world, so we will have to dig deep into our palette to capture him.

Demo 5 - Bunny

I’m going to create a full value dry under-painting in black conte’ and apply the color with pastel over the top.

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Demo 6 - Horses

2 beautiful white Horses featuring a burst of bright colors, air and movement.

PDF - Instructional Guide

Follow a beautifully made step by step instructional PDF guide written and produced by Marla

All About 

Kitty & Friends

If you’re here, you must have an interest in painting animals that bark, meow and quack! In this course I’ll show you methods on how to capture these very special beings in pastel. Animals are an important and often, central part of our lives. Our pets love us unconditionally and we love them without question. Think about the world without them… 
I got my start as an artist by being attracted to drawing animals. My favorite subjects were wild cats. Later in my career as an illustrator, I had the opportunity to work on a series of videos for Clifford the Big Red Dog and luckily was tasked with plenty of other projects that included animals. 
I’m excited to introduce this workshop …Kitty and friends. Mabel and Kitty will be taking center stage along with a Mandarin duck, a sweet little bunny and a lovely hummingbird. This is a chance to have a fun, paint our best friends or our best friends, best friends…maybe even end up with a lovely gift to give someone special. Mostly, I want to step outside of our norm and play. Let’s paint some furry fluffy critters, some sparking eyes and some warm puppy bellies!! 
We’ll be busting out our pastels to express our love for our friends and their unique beauty. As usual the fundamentals of painting and the elements of art, line, shape, value, color, texture and will be a part of our play and study of these lovely and familiar critters. 
Five video demonstrations, study and suggestions for independent assignments make this a full and rich five-week study of our four legged and winged friends. You’ll get to see the best friends of your fellow students and share in the love!  I hope you’ll join in the pastel fun! 


What People Say

Marla has hundreds of satisfied students

“I have had people telling me that they can see a huge improvement in my art in the past year and I have you to thank for that. When I signed up for the pastel lessons I told you that I needed someone to help me to the next level. Thanks for helping me.”
"[Marla is] very attentive, to subject at hand with lots of great examples. I find Marla’s teaching approach relaxing direct and pragmatic. I like the fact, that resources are also provided in terms of books. Also, I like having a syllabus with materials and learning objectives, that were provided with my online course."
Chicago, Illinois
“Making marks, shadows, how to use the pastels to blend. Oh my gosh I could go on. Marla is thorough in explaining. In a live or online class and the critique , she understands that each person is at a different place and makes you feel comfortable where you are so she can really help you move forward on your journey.”
"I learned to be loose and expressive with my mark making. Marla's structured classes with handouts, video instruction and examples, various exercises as building blocks for the following projects, place to submit works in a student gallery and classmate critiquing all contribute to a wonderful and enjoyable way of learning."
Boise, Idaho

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Marla’s talent, passion and educational focus has not gone unnoticed by the art community at large. She is also a sought after speaker and educator whose number one goal is to pass on her own knowledge and practice of beauty and joy to as many people as possible, including YOU!

Meet Your Teacher

Who is Marla Baggetta?

Marla is an incredibly talented fine artist who works with galleries throughout the US. Every year she travels the globe teaching workshops, speaking at art events to inspire other painters.

Recently she launched a new website to the public with the purpose of helping thousands of struggling artists to succeed.


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