Workshops

Please take a look at all the different workshops I offer and call or email me if you are interested in knowing more, or would like to book.

Soft pastel is an amazingly versatile, contemporary medium which works beautifully on its own or with mixed media. It is painting and drawing all in the same action and so very tactile as a painting medium.

If you have ever thought you would like to have a go at using soft pastels, or are lacking the confidence to even take your labels off and snap your pastels in half, then why not try one of my taster sessions? I offer single Pastel Sessions on a one-to-one basis or for small groups and also workshops at Wildfire Barn in Wilsford near Devizes Wiltshire.

Alternatively, if you are an established artist and think you know pastels, think again. Or if you are a bit rusty with your pastel techniques. Choose a single Pastel Session to focus on a particular subject or technique. I also offer a number of different workshops inside and outdoors, showing you a wide range of techniques and papers and covering various subject areas.

How many different pastel papers have you tried? Starting with a number of papers helps to build your knowledge of texture straight away. Learn all about mark making, sgraffito, alcohol/pastel underpainting and paper texture tests. All useful and surprising techniques, which will bring striking results.

Workshops are small, so they are friendly and intimate. The outdoor workshops provide a wonderful feeling of tranquility, peacefulness and freedom as you learn pastel techniques and how to observe and paint the stunning Wiltshire countryside. I do some demonstrations to give students an idea of what's going to be happening and although fun, the workshops are informative, focusing on working hard and getting a lot done!

The idea behind all my tuition is to increase a student's confidence and knowledge of using pastels as a medium, whether they are a beginner or an experienced artist. None of my teaching will turn anyone into a photo-realist painter, as I believe strongly in developing an expressive and emotional individual style.

"We loved it, amazing to work outside in such peace."

Please see below for details of the different pastel workshops and sessions I run. I am also happy to design the tuition around your particular pastel needs.

The price for courses of workshops includes a set of Unison Colour Soft Pastels, but you can also purchase Pastel Sets separately. Please take a look at the 3 Pastel Sets, designed by me, I currently have available to purchase.

Wilsford Workshops

Pastel Workshops in a spacious and comfortable converted barn in Wilsford near Devizes Wiltshire.

In August I will be running singles sessions on Floral Still Life and Landscape and a course of 6 workshops on Pastel for Beginners starts in September.

Please take a look at available dates for Wilsford Workshops.

Pastel Session

This is a single 3 hour session intended to give you a taste of pastel techniqiues if you are a beginner or new to this medium, or to focus on a particular subject or techniqiue if you are a more experienced artist.

A Pastel Session is a fun idea for a birthday present which a small group of friends can enjoy together. Alternatively, a one-to-one session is ideal to concentrate on for example learning or improving pastel mark making, landscape or still life.

Techniques

The outdoor Techniques course consists of 6 x 3 hour morning workshops.

The idea of these workshops is to develop a student's mark making knowledge and skills with pastels and a variety of papers.

During the course I will cover all techniques, basic to advanced and experimental mark making.

Mark making describes the different lines, dots, marks, patterns, and textures used to create an artwork and the resultant effect is dependent upon the particular medium, paper and tool used to apply.

So a brush will provide a certain mark, while fingers will provide a different mark.

Applying pastels softly will give a light result, whereas applying them with pressure will give a strong mark.

Mark making can be loose and gestural or controlled and neat.

As such, mark making is a fundamental building block in art and it is how you begin to express emotion and movement.

Still Life

The conservatory Still Life course consists of 6 x 3 hour morning or afternoon workshops.

The idea of these workshops is to focus on the accurate drawing of a still life composition and your use of pastels to paint the composition.

Over the course you will develop your eye, improving your observational skills by studying groups of objects in terms of lighting and colour. This will help you learn how to accurately draw a collection of objects and their relation to each other within a composition, and then how to complete the painting using pastels.

Easels and tables will be set-up in my light and airy conservatory. I will do some mini demos to help get you started and provide technique advice throughout the process.

We will observe, draw and paint a different grouping of objects each week, gradually increasing in complexity. So depending on your skill level, we may start with basic shapes like a bowl of fruit. Then move onto more complex groups which may include vases of flowers or glass bottles to introduce textures, shadows and reflections within the composition.