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Soft Pastels Bootcamp

Immerse yourself in the candy world of soft pastels!


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Expressive Portraits

Soft Pastels Bootcamp


Luzdy is such a special, kind, loving and patient person. I do not even know her personally, but she brings her true self forward by the way she presents her stunning bold colorful work.

Her step by step calm manner of presenting her classes is amazingly inspiring. "

- Elizabeth Senekal


Luzdy is brilliant.

Watching her paint with great preparation and careful instruction has taught me so much! “Don’t be too precious” (with an area on a painting) is forever firm in my mind. Luzdy is kind but also honest and oh so thorough! I love her mentoring style!"

- Sandra Carr

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Ready to master the soft pastel medium for vibrant and expressive paintings? Join Luzdy Rivera in this comprehensive bootcamp as she guides you through the essentials and shares invaluable tips and tricks to elevate your pastel mastery!

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You'll Learn 

  • What is this medium called pastels?
  • Old Masters and Contemporary Artists Influences
  • Exploring Types of Pastels and Surfaces
  • Recommendations for Materials and Tools
  • Mark-making and Underpainting techniques
  • Setting up your Creative Space
  • Cleaning and Safety Tips
  • How to Protect your Pastel Artwork
  • Tips on Composition
  • Various Methods of creating a Side Profile View Portrait  
  • and so much more!


Delve into the incredible world of soft pastel artistry. Discover the medium's rich history, explore diverse pastel types and surfaces, experiment with various mark-making techniques, essential equipment, safety guidelines, and so much more! Immerse yourself in the candy world of soft pastels!

We are painting boldly with Pastels! And pastels do not refer to pale tones of color at all; they are a dry medium used for both drawing and painting. There is a great variety of colors in the pastel palette range that go from subtle colors to bold and brilliant ones. In fact, one of the most talked about characteristics of this medium is the amazing vibrancy of color! Pastels have a vibrant history dating back to the 16th century and are a major medium in fine art today.

By the end of this bootcamp, you’ll create captivating Pastel Paintings that resonate with abstract colors, visual textures, and captivating mark-making, and will have honed your mastery of the pastel medium itself!



Luzdy Rivera is a bold portrait and figurative artist, from Puerto Rico, living in Massachusetts, USA. Luzdy's art is driven by human emotions through gestures, poses and expressions. Her use of color is intentionally bold, with visible texture, marks and brushstrokes. "I strive to create expressive and emotive art that is so much more than what I, as the artist, can see and feel, but more about what I can make others see, think and feel."

Luzdy has been a mentor with Bold School since 2021 and is a graduate of our premiere class, Bold Color Bootcamp. 

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Luzdy is always able to provide feedback that is relevant to the student’s current level of development. She highlights the positive, guides toward the need for correction where needed and finds just the right words to gently push to reach the next level once a student is ready for it.

She is a Master Mentor! "

- Elle McCarthy


Luzdy shares both her passion for art as well as her family 💕
Pairing her gifts with multiple mediums and encouraging monologues throughout each class brings a new level of confidence to students.
Luzdy’s choice of vibrant colours and her dynamic results are AWE INSPIRING!"

- Laurie Miller

Start making art that's more like you!

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Rave Reviews
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Luzdy is such a very talented artist I love her work.

The way she comes across on camera as a teacher is so captivating I can and have watched her all day.

Each time gleaning new insights. As a mentor Luzdy knows how to build your weaknesses and expand your strengths so you fill in important skill gaps. She guides with empathy as she shares room for improvement. She has a great personality and has gained my trust and respect. "

- Charlotte Champlin


Seeing Luzdy's body of work has drawn me deeper into the Bold School style and expanded my focus from just the face to figures as well.

She explains each new concept very clearly and critiques results with kindness never missing an opportunity to push you a little further each time.

Her feedback is always on point and feels like genuine mentoring, she wants my success as much as I do."

- Heather Leduc

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