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Introduction to Pastels

03 October 2016 18:00 - 03 October 2016 20:00

Led by artist Helen Biles, this course focuses on drawing images using pastels, with the garden, flowers and plants in Ness gardens as the inspiration for the image.

This course starts on Monday 3rd October 2-4pm 10 weekly sessions

Course Overview

Drawings will be made from still life compositions set up in the studio or, if weather permits, directly from the garden. A variety of compositions will be set up using dramatic lighting effects and interesting backgrounds. For each composition, additional props can be added to give the still life added visual interest. 

Pastel is a versatile and expressive medium but can be challenging as it is mixed and blended directly on the working surface. A variety of effects can be achieved depending on the surface it is applied to and the type of pastel used. Different colour surface boards (grounds) will be created as an alternative to traditional pastel paper.  Still life drawing is a good way of improving drawing skills and is an accessible way of exploring the relationships between objects. 

Participants will draw each of the compositions using different pastel techniques and a variety of time frames. The group will also draw contour-blind to open up both sight and touch. These exercises encourage the participant to sum up the composition quickly, bringing expression and energy into the drawings and also build up confidence.

A small amount of time at the beginning of the workshop will be put aside to learn about how artists have depicted the natural environment in their practice. 


Who is it suitable for?

18+. There are no formal entry requirements and no previous experience is needed

What does it cost?

£160 (no concessions)

Do I need to book a place?

Yes - please call Dot Art on 0345 017 6660 or book on line here


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