Workshops...

...Have resumed outside, so please call or email me if you are interested in knowing more, to discuss dates or would like to book

Coronavirus Note

Whilst social distancing is still very important, I shall offer one-to-one tuition at the same price as group tuition.

Also to make students feel more comfortable, I shall no longer have communal pastel sets. Instead the new price of each of the courses will include a set of Unison Colour Soft Pastels chosen by me specifically and also a Unison Colour Fixative Spray for you to keep.

So no excuses for not practicing your painting in between lessons!

I shall still provide all papers and studio equipment (easels etc) to use outside as required.

The idea behind all my workshops 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 the courses I teach will turn anyone into a photo-realist painter, as I believe strongly in developing an expressive and emotional individual style.

Workshops are small, so they are friendly and intimate. I do some demonstrations to give students an idea of what's going to be happening and this alongside the small size of the workshops, enables me to teach all levels within the same workshop. I am also happy to take one-to-one tuition. Although fun, the workshops are informative, focusing on working hard and getting a lot done!

I now run a number of my pastel workshops outdoors or in my conservatory. There is a wonderful feeling of freedom when you spend time outside learning pastel techniques or painting the stunning Wiltshire countryside. Experience tranquility and peacefulness as you observe and paint the countryside and if you wish there is always the opportunity to return for more workshops as the seasons change.

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

Please see below for details of the different outdoor and conservatory workshops I'm running. I am also happy to design the 6 weeks around your particular pastel tuition needs specialising in one of the above or trying a mixture of all 3. All levels including beginners, who are new to art and new to pastels are welcome and if you are really not sure, why not try a single 3 hour pastel taster session to discover some of the most important and enjoyable elements of using pastels?

For all workshops please bring with you:

  • A3 sketchbook either ring bound or soft cover (can be bought from me);
  • A camera with a large display screen ie an iPad, tablet or phone;
  • A black sharpie (can be bought from me);
  • A biro/pencil for notes;
  • Light weight foldable picnic chair;
  • All weather clothing and footwear suitable for field walking or garden;
  • Old hand towel and a few sheets of kitchen roll;
  • Hot/cold drink and nibble for breaktime.

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.

Landscape

The outdoor Landscape course consists of 6 x 3 hour morning or afternoon workshops. The idea of these workshops is to focus on seasonal views of the landscape around Roundway Hill to develop a student's landscape knowledge and skills using pastels.

Over the course of the 6 workshops, you will learn how to gather research material through sketching and photos, improve your concentration and your observation skills. You will also develop your ability to create compositions, use colour effectively and be expressive in your paintings with your colour choices and mark making skills.

Each workshop starts with a 10 minute walk from my studio and gallery, through the fields to a special spot with 360 degree gorgeous views of Roundway Hill, Beacon Hill and the Covert.

There will be lots of en plein air sketchbook work throughout the course and en plein air finished paintings too. I will give you specific tasks to get you started and give you advice throughout the process as well.

Still Life back soon

These workshops are still on hold until such time we are allowed to gather in groups indoors. However, if you are particularly interested in Still Life please register your interest by text or email.

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.

Garden Landscape

The outdoor Garden Landscape course consists of 6 x 3 hour morning or afternoon workshops.

The idea of these workshops is to focus on developing your observation skills to produce an interesting composition and your use of pastels to paint the texture of foilage and flowers in a garden setting.

You should then be able to comfortably settle into painting either in your own garden or one you are visiting.

Easels and tables will be set-up in my peaceful studio garden to provide particular views.

I will do some mini demos to help get you started and provide technique advice throughout the process.

Over the course of the 6 workshops there will be sketchbook work, pastel work and then final paintings by the end.