An eCourse for all pastel lovers: Dive into soft pastel, get helpful feedback from your teacher and become a confident pastelist within a supportive private community.
Paint whatever you want to paint in pastel; don’t let a lack of knowledge or skills hold you back.
The Pastel Place eCourse goes beyond a mere beginners course and offers a thorough exploration of the medium.
The pastel place is fun; you will be stepping inside pastel paintings to explore pastel 'from the inside out'.
The Pastel Place consists of a series of video lessons, each with its own assignment.
The course and community will live within my Mighty Network, called The Art Cafe, where it will occupy its own private area.
In the first few video lessons we explore and try out the many different types of pastel papers, and pastel types. What is the difference between hard and soft pastels and various brands? We will discuss what colours you need to get started and how to make sure you work in a safe environment.
A few longer demonstrations are included in this course: a portrait and a still life demonstration. I will show the painting process from underpainting to finishing touches and will provide a commentary and notes on what I do and why.
The course consists of a large number of carefully chosen exercises (around 13) to provide the most efficient learning in a short space of time. We will work on mark making, detail, values, blending and more. Other topics include coloured papers, a limited palette and composition. I will provide feedback on all assignments.
In our private community forum (The Pastel Cafe) you will find support and feedback whenever you need it. Here you can post your work, ask questions and have access to me at any time.
We will take some deep dives into the history of pastel art and we will analyse a few old master pastel paintings in the museum to find out how their techniques can help us in our own paintings. We will also look at some modern pastel masters.
Extra bonus lessons include lessons on how to frame pastels, how to organise and store pastels and pastel paintings, how to choose the right reference photos and how to set up a still life or a portrait sitting. *Coming Soon*
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. We will start by visiting the art shop to get our materials. I will then take you to my studio where you can practice and make a mess. 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 way by doing the exercises and learning the ins and outs of soft pastel.
Questions? Email me!
Have access to me in the private community to ask questions, get feedback and feel fully supported on your creative journey
Become a more confident painter through the carefully chosen lessons and exercises
Gain knowledge and hands on experience of materials
Be inspired by visiting 'The Pastel Museum'
Make new friends in The Pastel Cafe (private online community)
Spend a few months at The Pastel Place and come out fully equipped and ready to paint!
Practical Art History
Suitable for beginners and intermediate pastelists
Bonus Material will be added soon
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