An Introduction to Soft Pastels

Two day PASTELS Painting weekend with Kevin Scully

Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 October 2021 , 10am to 4pm each day, £125

This workshop is for adults (18+)

A course for beginners and improvers where you will be shown how to use this versatile medium by experimenting with a number of techniques both conventional and unconventional. Be prepared to try out some bold and expressive use of colour.

About the tutor

Find tutor information for Kevin Scully here

Other costs and Materials to bring

Due to CoVid 19 we are unable to share materials so please bring the following:

Soft Pastels:
  • A selection of as many soft pastels that you have.

These brands are all good quality pastels: Unison, Sennelier, Schminke, Jackson’s, Winsor & Newton, Daler Rowney, Inscribe (economy).

Pastel Paper:

In a selection of different colours other than white.

You can buy this is pads or separate sheets to be cut to size. Canson Mi-Teintes is my favoured brand. If you are feeling flush you might like to try pastel card, which is more expensive and has a texture similar to very fine sandpaper.

Pastel Card:

Colorfix, Pastelmat, Canson Mi-Teintes Touch, Fisher 400 are all good brands

Other Materials:
  • A few small, square pastels for drawing out your image
  • Paper stump or torchon (not essential)
  • Putty rubber
  • Craft knife or scalpel
  • Stiff paintbrush for removing pastel
  • Can of fixative
  • Masking tape
  • Tissues or kitchen towel
  • An apron or some old clothes
  • A sheet of sandpaper, or a sandpaper block
  • Drawing board
  • Reference material of things you would like to paint (the tutor will also bring some images as starting points)
  • Any other materials that you like to use

Please bring your own mug for these sessions. There will be hot water for drinks to have during the session.

Please remember also to bring your own packed lunch.

Participant numbers and social distancing

Workshop participant numbers will be capped at 6 people to retain small group numbers.

Please note that we will be observing social distancing whilst trying to make this as normal a workshop as possible.  Bring your own face mask.  Do not attend if you, or members of your household, feel unwell or have CoVid-like symptoms.  In any case we will be following the government guidance for our activities outdoors and if the guidance changes, we’ll be bound to observe it as necessary. 

Cancellation policy.

Please note that a ticketing fee of £5 is included in the price of this workshop and this is not refundable in any circumstance.

If you are unable to attend the workshop and you cancel your attendance more than two weeks prior to the workshop, the ticketing fee above will be retained.  If you cancel less than two weeks before the workshop no fees are refundable.

In the event of City Arts having to cancel the workshop due to participants’ numbers falling below the minimum requirement or government advice changes, we will refund the whole workshop amount.