Welcome to 

The Pastel Place

Learn to paint with pastel in this unique online course!

Take a Deep Dive into Pastel

Watch The Trailer above!

  • 6 Months Course *
  • Daily Access to Your Tutor*
  • Work at Your Own Pace
  • 100 page Guide Book
  • Fundamental Painting Principles
  • Deep Dive into Pastel for Beginners and More Advanced

* approximately 

Learn how to paint with pastel in this 6-month online course. It is a true deep dive into soft pastel. 

Get regular feedback from your tutor and your fellow students in the supportive private community. Become a confident pastel painter ready to continue on your own creative journey (with a little bit of help from your friends) !

The Pastel Place eCourse is suitable for beginners and intermediate pastellists and offers a thorough exploration of the medium. 

The pastel place is fun and unique; you will be stepping inside a pastel world to explore the medium 'from the inside out'. 

What’s at the Pastel Place?

The Pastel Place is a unique  virtual town square with The Pastel Cafe in the centre. We will visit various locations around the square to learn all about pastel! 


The Art Shop

Explore and try out the many different types of pastel types and papers. What is the difference between hard and soft pastels and various brands? What about all the different papers out there? Are pastels even safe? Experiment and find your favourite materials. 

The Art Studios: Mark Making

Carefully chosen exercises provide the most efficient learning. We will work on mark making extensively, exploring all the different ways a pastel can be used.  

The Art Studios: Colour

Colour theory is one of the fundamentals of all painting and we will touch upon the basics here. Primary colours, complementary colours and colour temperature are all part of your assignments. 

The Art Studios: Useful Concepts

In these lessons we will work on some of the fundamental painting principles, such as edges, value, underpainting and painting fine detail in pastel.  These fundamentals will help you in any painting medium, not just pastel!

The Pastel Museum

Take a deep dive into the history of pastel art and analyse a few old master pastel paintings in the museum to find out how their techniques can help us in our own paintings. Practice applying old master tricks in your own art so you can develop your own portfolio.

Demo Yard

A longer still life demonstration  is included in this course: showing you the whole process from set up, composition, choice of materials and every pastel stroke until the piece is finished. More demos are planned!

The Pastel Cafe

In our private community forum (The Pastel Cafe) you will find support and feedback whenever you need it from me and your fellow students. Here you can post your work, assignments, and ask questions.

Bonus Alley

In the Bonus Alley there are lots of small shops to visit: the photography studio, the framing shop, a place full of storage solutions and much more. *Coming Soon*

Pastel Cafe Happy Hour

The Happy Hour is for those who want more or go deeper. Extra bite-sized challenges, asssignments or more advanced extras for those who can’t stop. Choose a Primary Pop or a Tricolor from the menu!

The Pastel Place Guide Book

Complementary when you join The Pastel Place: A guide book of over 100 pages, full of extra information (PDF format). There is a chapter for every lesson so you can read along while painting

Your Guide

I am Sophie and I will guide you around the Pastel Place. You can pop into the cafe for a break or a chat at any time.  Step by step we will visit the various places around the square and step by step you will gain experience, knowledge and confidence in painting in pastel.

I have learned to paint with pastel through trial and error over 30 years. I do not follow any particular tutor style or technique.  My approach is practical and not prescriptive. Find your own painting voice by doing the exercises and learning the ins and outs of soft pastel.

As an artist I have enjoyed many portrait commissions and exhibition success. My work has been exhibited at the BP Portrait Award, the Pastel Society and the Royal Society of Portrait Painters amongst many other places. I have published work in various international art magazines. I work mainly in pastel and oils and specialise in portraiture and textiles such as lace. 

Questions? Email me!


Get Access to The Pastel Place

Take a deep dive into soft pastel and take your painting skills to the next level.

Join The Pastel Place now and let me guide you around this amazing place! I’ll save you a seat in The Pastel Cafe!


Payment through a secure connection via credit card. Your bank will automatically convert into your own currency.

Come Learn at the Pastel Place

Regular access to your tutor so you feel fully supported on your creative journey

Become a more confident painter through the carefully chosen exercises

Gain knowledge and hands-on experience of materials

Be inspired by some great old master pastelists in The Pastel Museum

Make new friends in The Pastel Cafe (private online community)

Work at your own pace in your own time. Take as s long as you need and repeat as many times as you like. 

This is the most unique online art course I have taken. The setup is unique and the contents takes a pastel newbie from pastel and paper types through mark making and beyond. Also Sophie is there every step of the way and I think that she is the most valuable resource in the course.

What Will I find in The Pastel Place?

Friends and Support

A friendly and supportive private community to share your work, post your assignments, ask questions, make new friends and just hang out. 

Personal tutor support: I am in the community (The Pastel Cafe) regularly for feedback, encouragement and general chat. 

Experienced and award winning tutor (ahem): I’ve been at it for a while.

Work at your own pace, in your own time and watch and re-watch  the lessons as often as you like.

Going round The Pastel Place will take you around 6 months, assuming you work on it a few hours a week, but you will never want to leave!

Suitable for absolute beginners and intermediate pastellists

Painting Tuition

Fundamental painting principles explained in a clear and easy way. I won’t teach you ‘How to paint x’ but instead I will teach you the skills you need to paint anything you like.

Colour theory, Values, Edges, Fine Detail, Undperpaintings

In The Pastel Place we work with hard and soft pastel sticks mainly.

Hands on practice with various pastel types and papers.

Lots of practical assignments and demonstrations.

A helpful Guide Book of over 100 pages (PDF) is included in the course.

Regular extra’s in The Pastel Cafe Happy  Hour

Art History

I will show you how you can make art history work for your own painting practice. 

The Pastel Place is designed for those who want to take a serious dive into pastel and painting, whether you are a total  beginner or more experienced in the medium. It is informal in tone, yet serious in skill sharing!

Your New pastel home! 


How long will the course take me?

Can I repeat lessons?

Can I download the lessons?

Can I watch on my mobile?

How does the course work?

Is this course suitable for beginners?

I have worked with pastel for a while, will this course offer me anything?

Can I pay in instalments?

What payment options do you offer?

Is there a materials list?

How does the community work?

Can I contact you for questions?

What if I don’t want to join in the community and share my work?

I am not sure about an online course. Won’t I miss interaction with a ‘real’ tutor and fellow students?

Is your question not answered? Ask me!

If you want to learn how to paint with pastels then this is an excellent on-line course.

I was a little wary myself initially, not having followed a course on-line before. Would I miss being with other students?; would I miss having feedback from the teacher on my work and progress ?

All these fears were unfounded with Sophie's course. Take the plunge and enter the Pastel Place where you'll receive lots of good tuition in manageable bite size videos, plenty of support and optional feedback on the regular short assignments and a very supportive and friendly community of other learners. The format of the course is also perfect for slotting into busy lifestyles. 


I am really enjoying this course. I had very little experience of working with pastels and this course has given me a direction. 

As a beginner I find that it is easy to understand and Sophie seems to be talking to you personally instead of addressing a hugh class. Being able to share and talk with others also doing the course is and excellent idea and provides us all with encouragement.

Get Access to The Pastel Place

Take a deep dive into soft pastel and take your painting skills to the next level.

Join The Pastel Place now and let me guide you around this amazing place! I’ll save you a seat in The Pastel Cafe!


Payment through a secure connection via credit card. Your bank will automatically convert into your own currency.

Questions? Email me!