Introduction to pastel drawing with Oliver Jones


Ref: S1D11451

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About this course

Learn the basics of drawing and using pastels; techniques include measurement, composition, colour and form, mark-making, texture and layering.

Course Description

Learn the basics of drawing and using pastels with a focus on still life subjects. You will be taught methods of measurement and composition to construct different works, from more conventional still life drawing towards abstract drawing.

You will look closely at colour and form to re-focus your attention on the surfaces, rather than the preconceived notions of the objects you draw.

You will learn different methods of applying dry media, mark-making and texture to build an image, layering and mixing colour to achieve depth and form. The skills exercised on this course can be used in many aspects of your practice, and are a great start in using chalk as a versatile medium to produce different types of work.

This course is ideal for beginners but will serve to reiterate some skills already learned and perhaps pose new methods for those who are confident in using chalks and dry media.


Timetable for one day courses

Students should arrive by 9am for registration.

Classes are from 9.15 - 5pm

Lunch is included.

Course Materials


  • A set of pastels.

What students need to bring

  • Any work or photographs of previous related work undertaken
  • Rags
  • Any materials you may have from the available to buy list

Available to buy

  • Available from shop:
  • Good quality assortment of pastels
  • Paper or sketch pads suitable for pastel work
  • Putty rubber
  • Hard bristle brush (or toothbrush preferably new!)
  • Extra fine wet and dry emery paper (for cleaning the stump)
  • Brown gum strip or adhesive brown paper tape
  • Fixative
Please wear appropriate clothing/aprons for the workshop or studio, this includes stout covered footwear i.e. no open-toes or sandals. You may need safety boots, if specified above.

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