This six-week intermediate course is for those who have already completed the Introduction to Pastels Course or are already familiar with the basics and want to continue to enhance their skills. During the classes we will explore various techniques in more depth and there will be demonstrations on how to successfully build a pastel painting including tips on how to create stunning compositions and loosen your style without losing the plot! There may be the opportunity to practise decisive mark-making working with a live model and using charcoal with pastel. Bring along any photos or artists' work that inspire you so we can discuss how you would like to develop as a pastel artist and help inspire others within the group.

NEXT COURSE: Please contact Kate if you would like to book a place on the next one.

COST: £258 for 6 classes of 3 hours (includes hiring a model)

Brief Course Outline

Week 1 - Choosing your tools for the job, coloured grounds, tonal sketching and composition, deciding on a style

Week 2 - Creating an under drawing, keeping your marks fresh whilst blending

Week 3 - Lost and found edges - how to create a looser style

Week 4 - Marks and techniques for creating hair and fur

Week 5 - Quick mark making for painting a live model using charcoal and pastel

Week 6 - Finishing off, fixing, framing and final critique.


Materials List

A board or table easel to rest on; graphite drawing pencils; eraser; any hard or soft pastels, pastel pencils you may have plus any pastel paper. Please 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.


Student Galleries & Comments

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Lovely course. I’ve enjoyed improving my skills with a great bunch of people, the time just flies, it’s such fun.
— Amanda R, 2019
Great fun - it’s made me even more interested in pastel painting.
— David B, 2019
Great value and you achieve so much in six weeks.
— Chris O, 2019
Confidence building, I have a new love of detail.
— Penny F, 2019
I have gained such confidence in my own abilities through Kate’s courses. Art class day is ALWAYS my favourite day of the week!
— Brooke E, 2019
The course focused my mind and made me produce pieces I would not have achieved without enrolling on this course.
— Celia E, 2019
If you have heard that pastels are messy, well that’s true but persevere because they can be so rewarding and with Kate’s guidance you can develop a style where they can be blended to create beautiful results.
— David L
Kate’s courses are so inspiring, her gentle encouragement and support brings out the best in us all - it was great fun, I loved every minute of it.
— Lesley S
Always fun and there’s always opportunity to learn a lot!
— Gilly H
Thank you once again for an enjoyable and inspirational course. You have enthused and encouraged me to do several pastel paintings to take advantage of your excellent tuition. I have learnt so much on attempts at foliage, sunlight, landscape, lost and found edges and composition. I cannot wait to do some more. Your critique and the groups’ comments during the course have been invaluable, at times hilarious but so refreshing. One gets very focused on parts of a painting and does not look at it as a whole. So a big thank you to everyone, it has been wonderfully liberating.
— Marian W
A really useful course - hands on demos and clear instruction
— Kay W
Kate’s classes provide a friendly, stimulating environment in which to learn and progress. Cakes are fab too!
— Sue B

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