Introduction to pastels
Who is this course for?
This course is for all abilities. If you are new to pastel drawing this is a great project to start with. If you would like to further develop your pastel drawing skills, this relaxed, supportive course is also ideal for you.
You will have the opportunity to learn how to use colourful, expressive pastels to represent different subject matter. Experiment with different mark making techniques to create different effects, such as texture and form using light and shade, stippling and blending. You will be able to practise the skills to build your confidence. Then develop your own palette of pastel colours.
Support and feedback
You will receive lots of encouragement and skills guidance to support you during the course. You will receive feedback to help you to progress with your work.
Additional costs and requirements
Please bring a sketchbook or sheets of paper and a pencil. Please also bring any pastels you may already have. However, drawing materials will be provided. You do not need to have any prior experience or knowledge, just an interest in exploring the creative potential of pastels.
Will I have to do anything outside of the session?
About the tutor
With Deborah as your tutor, expect enthusiasm and passion for the subjects’ taught, in a calming, inclusive, fun and inspiring environment. You will have time to enjoy the creative process, learn new skills, improve your mental and physical wellbeing and gain motivation to progress and achieve your personal best.
Deborah graduated from Saint Martin’s School of Art with a BA (Hons) Degree in Graphic Design and also achieved an MA Degree in Graphic Design, at Central Saint Martin’s. She has gained many unique experiences, collaborating with other artists and designers.
Deborah is from the West Country, where she runs her own Art, Craft, Design and Horticulture business. She is a practising artist, designer and gallery owner. She has exhibited and sold art work in the South West of England, Scotland and London.
She has recently won a Gold Award for Garden Design and has created Art and Design work for the BBC and MTV. She has also worked at the Tate Gallery and the Victoria and Albert Museum. Deborah has been interviewed on BBC Radio about her creative approach to teaching courses, where she passionately promotes the creative use and benefits of sustainable materials, especially plants. Her Sketch, Sculpt and Plant Walks are multi-sensory and interactive in the natural environment. Her work transcends the boundaries of genre and media: it’s thought-provoking work about the pressing concerns of the day and is often refreshingly humorous.
Deborah has a Post Graduate Certificate in Education, from the University of London, Institute of Education, specialising in Art and Design. She is a qualified teacher of Art, Craft, Design and Horticulture. She has taught learners of all ages and abilities, for many years. She has been a Head of Art and Design. She teaches across Primary, Secondary, Alternative Provision, Adult and Community education.