Welcome to 

The Pastel Place

Learn to paint with pastel in this unique online course!

  • The Pastel Place
  • Intro
  • For Who
  • Curriculum
  • Your Guide
  • Guide Book
  • Benefits
  • friends & Support
  • Tuition
  • Testimonials
  • FAQ
  • JOIN!

Get Access to The Pastel Place

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

I’ll save you a seat in The Pastel Cafe!

You decide how long you stay and therefore how much you pay!

£25 /mo

members: free


Credit CArd

You will have access to The Pastel Place for as long as your membership runs. If ever you want to cancel, simply let me know. The Art School is offering memberships on a trial basis; if I decide to close the membership to new members at that stage, existing members can remain and enjoy their membership. 

  • 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

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

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'.

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 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!

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.

Questions? Email me!

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. 

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.

What’s at the Pastel Place?

Locations

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!

Get Access to The Pastel Place

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

I’ll save you a seat in The Pastel Cafe!

You decide how long you stay and therefore how much you pay!

£25 /mo

Credit CArd

You will have access to The Pastel Place for as long as your membership runs. If ever you want to cancel, simply let me know. 

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