An Introduction to Painting with Pastels
with lyn bannister

£135 Full 6-Part Course or £75 Per Module (3 sessions)

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Course limited to 6 people only.

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Pastel is one of the most misunderstood of all media. Often confused with chalk, which is limestone and dye, pastel is actually dry powdered pigment molded into a crayon shape with binding solution. Pastel is as close as an artist can come to painting with pure colour!
In a series of informal and friendly workshops you will be introduced to the materials you need to get started and the many ways of using this exciting and beautiful medium. You will learn the basic principles of painting such as tone, colour and composition, which will provide a foundation to creating colourful and lively paintings.
You will learn a variety of techniques, and be introduced to painting from life. How to observe and represent the surface properties of various objects. Learn about edges and how to ground, give body and solidity to items working from a still-life setup in the studio. The goal is to develop your own personal style and to have fun through the process.
Classes are designed for all levels of skill however some basic drawing abilities would be helpful for module 2. Materials are included with all classes.
The six-part course ends with a short exhibition and private view to which family and friends are cordially invited.

Comments from previous students:

“…a really well structured informative course with fabulous resources…”
“Really enjoyed the session today - I've always struggled with perspective and those exercises are the best I've done to help embed the process.”
“I am astounded that I could produce something of a good standard after only 3 lessons. You will be highly recommended by me for sure !!! “

Course Description

Module 1 – working from photographs

1st session- Introduction to pastels and the supplies you need to get started. Testing different papers and pastels. Demonstration and practice of the wide variety of practical pastel techniques. Understanding tone. In this session students will all be working from the same simple image provided by the tutor.

2nd session - Introduction to colour. Step by step process - working from your own image we will begin a pastel painting.

3rd session – Finish painting started in session 2. To fix or not to fix? Tips on mounting and framing. Critique - problems and lessons learnt.

Module 2 – working from life

4th session – Drawing techniques and perspective. Using objects and textiles supplied by the tutor students will learn how to observe and create a drawing from life.

5th session – Taking into consideration the lessons learnt in session 4 we will use a variety objects to arrange a composition to accurately create a drawing and begin our still-life painting.

6th session – NB this session will run 5-7pm followed by private view for family and friends. Finish painting, frame and/or mount work. Choosing our most successful works. Curating & hanging. Private view.

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Lyn is a contemporary artist working across media including painting, photography and installation. Originally starting her career as a pastel artist she returned to education in 2009 and gained a BA with Honours First Class in Fine Art in 2011. This has had a profound impact on her working methods and choice of media however she still finds great pleasure in sharing with others the techniques and possibilities of painting with pastel.

Lyn has exhibited in the UK and Ireland and was a juried member of the Pastel Society of Ireland. In 2012 she received Arts Council England funding for site-specific installation in the Savage Chapel Tower, "Other People's Treasure" for Barnaby Fesival, Macclesfield.

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