Welcome to 

The Pastel Place

Improve your skills and  confidence in pastel painting in this comprehensive and fun eCourse

The Pastel Place will Open for Visitors very soon!

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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'. 

What’s at the Pastel Place?

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. 

The Art Shop

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. 

Demo Yard

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 Pastel Studios

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. 

The Pastel Cafe

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. 

The Pastel Museum

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. 

Bonus Alley

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*

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. 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!

Sophie Ploeg Pastel

Come Learn at the Pastel Place

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!

What Will I find in The Pastel Place?

30 Lessons  


Effective Exercises

Supportive Community 

Personal Support

Practical Art History

Pastel Techniques

Suitable for beginners and intermediate pastelists

Bonus Material will be added soon

The Pastel Place will Open for Visitors very soon!

Copyright 2019, Sophie Ploeg

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