Autumn in Soft Pastels for Beginners

Ref: C3679765

Have a go at using an art medium that you have not tried before. Soft pastels are a versatile, forgiving and fun medium. This complete beginners course will show you how to create colourful soft pastel paintings such as floral and fauna studies, animals and a range of inspiring Autumn landscapes. You will work alongside me, step by step with verbal and visual instructions and demonstration showing you how to draw and paint with pastels. You will look at drawing and how this can be simplified with tips on techniques to use, how tone and colour can develop your drawing, and practice and explore a variety of pastel techniques. No need to wait for paint to dry, you can add layers of colours and use different techniques to create your art piece and if you don't like it you can easily rub it out or go over it again. By the end of this course you will feel confident to continue working with this exciting medium. There will be optional follow on tasks and an opportunity for personal feedback.

Course aim

Soft pastels for complete beginners. A course that teaches you step by step how draw and paint using the vibrant and versatile medium of soft pastels.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for beginners

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Discuss the difference between soft and hard pastels, different papers and surfaces available and how these can be used to create different effects.
  • Draw with increased confidence and skill.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of how tone can be used to develop my drawing.
  • Use a range of soft pastel techniques
  • Blend and mix colours to enhance my pastel paintings.

How will I be taught?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?

A materials list will be provided.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

What can I do next?

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Autumn in Soft Pastels for Beginners

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  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2021
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