Pastel Courses

Pastel Courses at City Arts have a way of enticing you in, with the soft, plush chalky colours and lovely pastel papers, it’s hard to resist.

This year, we have two Pastel Courses on offer. First up is a 3day course with Kevin Scully, covering landscapes and seascapes. Kevin will start with the basics using demonstrations and one-to-one tuition, before moving on to composition and colour blending before interweaving the use of ink, watercolour and gouache.

October sees our 1day Soft Pastels Course for Adults & Teens, with Louise Gunnersen. Louise’s experimental approach enables students to feel confident and have fun, whilst learning the how to work from your imagination or source material.

Atmospheric Landscapes & Seascapes in Pastels with Kevin Scully (3days)

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Wednesday 29th, Thursday 30th, Friday 31st August, 10am – 4pm

This 3 day course explores the various ways that soft pastels can be used in conjunction with other traditional mediums such as ink, watercolour and gouache, to create fresh and lively pictures.

The basic principles of drawing in pastels and the various techniques that can be employed in their use are investigated through demonstration and one-to-one tuition.

Pastel is a versatile medium that can be used to create detailed drawings as well as lively, spontaneous ‘paintings’. Colour harmony and composition will feature strongly in our investigation of this exciting medium.

There will be plenty of opportunity for experimentation using a variety of materials and a range of different surfaces.

Age: Adults
Cost: £170 (including 3 days & all materials)

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Soft Pastels with Louise Gunnersen (1 day)

Saturday 6th October, 10am – 4pm

Discover the beautifully, soft blended colour of chalk pastels with artist Louise Gunnersen.

During the workshop, you will use a good quality pastel paper and work from either your imagination, or a landscape or seascape picture.

Explore, experiment and learn how to use this versatile material, whilst applying various drawing techniques to your image.

All materials are included, however, you may want to bring your own image to work from, as well as your favourite pastels.

Age: Teens & Adults
Cost: £50 (all materials included)

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