:( One of the difficulties with doing Pastel for artwork is that not only are classes hard to find, they get canceled. Its just not a popular medium compared to acrylic or oil. Not only is finding one is a challenge, but finding one reasonably priced or priced for the hobby artist, is not easy either. On another down note, I was not selected for the Step Up 2011 by Real Art Ways. It was a contest for the emerging artist with minimal exhibition experience (I have none) and just out of art school (I never went). I'm a little disappointed but I'm sure they had many talented submissions and I've only been doing pastel for a year and haven't taken anything other that a required art class. I'll try again next year :). I didn't want to write a post and leave it empty handed so to speak, so I'd like to post an older piece. Orchids I did for my grandmother, Chalk Pastel on Drawing Paper 11x14.