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
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
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
Organised by Dot Art