I have always used the Pentel brands with my students, particularly
since our district got a very good deal on them. They lasted quite
well and didn't break. Blending was fine for students. I am working
on an oil pastel drawing myself right now. I have a mixture of
Pentel, Sakura, and Sennelier. It's amazing how much softer and
buttier the Senneliers are - makes the other brands feel much harder.
I don't think they'd make a good choice for middle school students
though, as they are rather expensive and you'd be going through them
rather quickly. Portfolio makes a type of oil pastels that are
blendable with water. I haven't tried them, but I've heard good
things about them.
On Feb 15, 2007, at 10:33 PM, trish ackerman wrote:
> I was looking for some guidance on the best brand and
> size of Oil pastels you find good for blending
> artwork. I inherited a ton of them and dont know if
> I'm using subpar quality.
> Thanks for any input. Im putting in an order also
> since things seem to be on sale this time of year.
> Trish Ackerman
> Core Knowledge Charter School
> Middle School Art,Parker, Colorado