Mixed and other media

Introduction to pastels with Kate Boucher

Ref: S1D10449


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About this course

A gentle introduction to the expressive media of pastel – exploring various mark-making techniques, blending, building colour and depth, experimenting with different papers and how to fix the surface.

Course Description

The aim of the course is to give a broad introduction to pastels, explore and experiment with its particular qualities through a combination of demonstrations, set tasks and one-to-one tuition. You will create lots of experiments in order to develop a basic understanding of the capabilities of pastels, which you can then use as a foundation for further exploration.

The day will start with the tutor showing some of her finished work, works in progress, sketchbooks and inspirations. You will then be set tasks preceded by demonstrations, to help familiarise yourself with pastels as a medium. These tasks will gently increase in difficulty, beginning to work from photographs you have brought along, to help gain confidence in the media. There will then be demonstrations on how to use various fixing methods. Techniques and processes will include: limited palettes, colour mixing, layering, using erasers, texture and softness, preparing paper, masking, fixing.


Timetable for one day courses

Students should arrive by 9am for registration.

Classes are from 9.15 - 5pm

Lunch is included.

Course Materials


On this course the College will supply most of the materials including:
A1 white cartridge 220gsm
A1 Arboreta off-white 160GSM
A1 white cartridge 100GSM
1 piece of Khardi A4 or square
1 small box pastels
1 Schmincke pastel
1 plastic rubber

What students need to bring

Two or three photographs taken by you, not magazine images. Printed at home on typing paper will be fine.
Small pot with lid - to put pastel dust into.
Cling film  - to wrap broken pastels in.
Soft brush - big, (old but clean); make-up brushes are ideal.
If you have pastels at home, bring them along too.

Available to buy

Available from shop:
Additional papers
schmincke pastels- full range of colours


Kate Boucher

Kate Boucher is an experienced, enthusiastic and inspirational tutor who specialises in building students' creative confidence in a supportive teaching environment. She trained at Chelsea School of Art and recently gained a Master of Fine Art from West Dean College. She was awarded a prestigious QEST scholarship, was the Edward James Foundation Scholar in 2015/16 and winner of the Valarie Power Prize for Visual Arts. Her dark and evocative charcoal drawings often have unnaturally tilted horizons, hints of a double exposure and foregrounds that appear to shift and slip. Her practice also includes handmade felt and forged metal structures also created as a response to landscape.

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