Local Artist Megan Unsicker

Megan is currently an intern with the Eastern Iowa Arts Academy. She is a senior at Coe College pursuing a dual degree in Art and Psychology and hoping to continue on to Art Therapy. She has spent over 6 years working with kids in different settings and is looking forward to creating with everyone through upcoming classes! 

Sponsored by Ben Wiemerslage of State Farm Insurance

Pastel Pets

Join Megan and her furry friend, Pheffer, and create a pastel drawing of your favorite furry animal. 

You'll grid your reference image and drawing paper into squares so you can be sure to get the scale of your drawing just right. 

Start by sketching out the outline of your image. Next, color-block where you think each color should go in your drawing. Use your fingers to smooth and blend the colors for your unique look. Don't be afraid to go back over your blended areas and add details. 


  • Chalk pastels
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Sharpie
  • Clear tape
  • Ruler
  • Reference photo

Share your work and stay connected!

We are curious to see your project! Upload photos in the comment section below. If you have trouble, or want to share a short video, email us at info@eiaaprogram.org. Leave your school name in the comment  box and we will share images with your school!

We want to stay connected to our creative students when we get back to the new normal. While you are here, learn more about the Eastern Iowa Arts Academy. While we don't have much taking place in real space/time during the pandemic, we will get back to our regular live and in-person classes. When we do, we'd love to have you as a member!

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