Pastels are a lovely medium to work in - they span both drawing and painting. In this six-week course you will be introduced to the different sorts of pastels available on the market and the variety of papers or grounds to choose from. There will be demonstrations on the techniques needed for both oil pastels and soft pastels, how to successfully build a pastel painting, loads of tips and tricks that will help you in other areas of your artwork and help with how to protect and frame your work at the end. Suitable for those just taking up art and also experienced artists wishing to try a different medium. Bring along any pictures that inspire you and Kate will help you create your own masterpieces. Includes colour handouts for future reference, paper swatches, tea, coffee and homemade cake every week!

NEXT COURSE: Starts Tuesday 18th July 1-4pm in Storrington Village Hall. Please contact Kate if you would like a place.

COST: £180 for 6 classes of 3 hours (or £160 if you have already done this course before)


Brief Course Outline

Week 1 - Introduction to pastels, supports and papers, tools for the job

Week 2 - Initial drawings, pouncing, establishing tonal areas, blending the first layer, the colour wheel, colour mixing and how to remove mistakes

Week 3 - Building up, creating depth and texture using different marks - fur and foliage

Week 4 - Oil pastel techniques including sgraffito and wax resist

Week 5 - Mixed media, underpainting and reviving old paintings

Week 6 - Finishing off, fixing and framing.


Materials List

A board or table easel to rest on; graphite drawing pencils; eraser; any hard or soft pastels, pastel pencils or oil pastels you may have plus any pastel paper. In the first week we will cover all you might need on the course, small paper samples will be provided and pastels for you to try before you buy. Bring pictures for inspiration.

You may also need masking tape, cotton buds, paperstumps, craft knife or pencil sharpener, razor blade, putty rubber or electric rubber and stencil, sandpaper, stiff paintbrush, tracing paper, pins, cotton wool pads.


What a flexible medium pastel turned out to be - much easier to use than I feared and success seemed achievable quite quickly!
— Gillian H, 2016
Kate is always very patient and supportive and has a knack of seeing what needs to be done to improve the drawing.
— Lesley S, 2016

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Student Galleries & Comments

Click on image or title to see a variety of students' work from each course


I have thoroughly enjoyed the class and thought they were an entertaining fun group of people, all so different. Please can they all come back again! Although it is the second time I have done this course it has been a useful reminder of techniques. I have also picked up hints on composition, colour mixing and focal points that I did not take in the first time round.
— Marian W, 2016
From a pastel novice I now have a basic understanding of tools and the medium. Would have liked longer!
— Iain J, 2016
Kate is very encouraging and positive.
— Ray F, 2016
I did this course as a beginner in pastels and I have learned a great deal - and enjoyed it all. What I learned in particular: to choose paper with care, mixed media and sgraffito. I wanted to create a pet portrait for my daughter and explore painting with pastels which I have achieved.
— Juliette L
The Pastel Course is an excellent starting point for learning the techniques required. I enjoyed learning to apply the pastels in layers to see what I could achieve. The presentations are great - informative and well organised. With Kate anything and everything is possible.
— Julie O
Very friendly - great course - anyone starting pastels will gain and learn a lot. At the start of the course I just wanted to use soft pastels, the presentations were excellent and I thoroughly enjoyed each week. I liked the part using warm colour or ink to enhance the paintings.
— Ann W
I really enjoyed the course and have made some stunning improvements with my trees by using an oil pastel with a chalk one on top and it provides an amazing leafy look! Thank you so much.
— Laurie H-L
It is a well thought out and well presented course. Excellent as usual.
— David W
Kate makes the class very enjoyable, I always learn new skills - and the cakes are a plus!!
— Jenny B
I wanted to loosen up my paintings with the use of soft pastels. The demos were very good and the handouts were very informative for future reference
— Tina N
Excellent!
— Francis P