PanPastel Lesson Plan - Handcoloring Lesson Plan No.4 Hand-Coloring Joomag
LESSON PLAN No.4
Hand-Coloring Digital Photographs
Hand-color a black and white ink jet photographic print with PanPastel.
PanPastel Colors are pastel (dry) colors in a unique pan format, so that they can be
applied like paint, making them ideal for use on digital papers.
Middle & High School Grades / Ages 11-18
Hansa Yellow 220.5
Diarylide Yellow Shade 250.3
Turquoise Shade 580.3
Titanium White 100.5
Bright Yellow Green Shade 680.3
Applicator with Replaceable Heads
Paper: Black and white inkjet print on matte paper.
Suggested papers include: Epson or HP Premium Presentation
Paper and Canon Matte Paper. (Epson Premium Presentation Paper
was used in this demonstration.)
Miscellaneous: Kneaded eraser
Mat board / stiff surface to place the print on
Apply Pastel Color Like Paint
Pastel Fixative (Spray)
1. Discuss the history of hand-coloring: before color film hand-coloring was used to
represent reality. Interest in the technique was revived in the 1980s when it became a
form of artistic expression. Find images of vintage hand-colored photographs to share.
2. Encourage students to study nature. A green leaf is not just green. It has greens,
yellows, blues etc. Use this knowledge when making color choices.
3. Discuss image selection: simple images, images with a strong focal point that can
be isolated with color.
4. Discuss printing: print using less contrast than normal. The hand-coloring will provide
the contrast. You don’t want areas of bright white or black. It is difficult to get color in
areas without detail.
Prior to using PanPastel Colors &
Sofft Tools, review the “Classroom
Tips” on Resources page (4)
of this lesson plan.
1- 2 Periods.
Note: detailed images showing the following techniques are on pages 2 & 3
1. Supply students with prints, tools and PanPastel Colors.
Prints should be taped to the boards with artist’s tape or other easy to remove tape.
2. Teacher demonstration: teacher should demonstrate lifting PanPastel Color from the
pan with the Sofft Applicator and then removing excess color by wiping applicator on
a paper towel before applying it to the print. To further demonstrate the importance of
this step, show the students what happens if you don’t do this. (A large swath of deep
color will go on the print that is more difficult to blend. See no.3 below about layering.)
4. Start with the outside petals of the flower, layering Hansa Yellow, Diarylide Yellow
Shade, Turquoise Shade and Titanium White. The center of the poppy can be colored
with Hansa Yellow and Titanium White.
5. Optional step: spray finished print with a high-quality pastel fixative.
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3. Show the students how to use the eraser to gently remove color for highlights or
corrections. Use the side of the eraser and lightly go over the area until the unwanted
color is gone. Explain the importance of using a light touch and building up layers. It’s
easier to layer on more color than it is to remove it.