Experimental drawing with pastels with Kate Boucher

Ref: S2D08967


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About this course

Discover how to draw with soft and hard pastels on different papers. Learn a range of traditional and experimental drawing techniques as you make a series of pastel drawings. Please note that this course will now be taught by Kate Boucher rather than Freya Pocklington.

Course Description

Explore the exciting possibilities of soft and hard pastels. Using both traditional and experimental techniques on different papers, learn a range of drawing techniques and make a series of pastel drawings. Suitable for students with some experience of drawing, you will develop confidence and skills through experimental techniques.

On the first evening there will be a warm-up session including an introduction to the course and some drawing activities. Materials provided for this first session.

Learn about the potential of pastels to make marks, then introduce other media to find out how pastels work with them to produce a range of drawings in a selection of sizes. This will help you to create interesting and exciting works whilst here, and give you plenty of ideas for own work after the course.


Arrival Day - this is the first date listed above

Courses start early evening. Residential students to arrive from 4pm, non-residential students to arrive by 6.45pm.

6.45pm: Welcome, followed by dinner (included).

8 - 9pm: First teaching session, attendance is essential.

Daily timetable

Classes 9.15 - 5pm, lunch is included.

From 6.30pm: Dinner (included for residential students).

Evening working - students may have access to workshops, but only with their tutor's permission and provided any health and safety guidelines are observed.

Last day

Classes 9.15am - 3pm, lunch is included.

Residential students are to vacate their rooms by 10am please.

(This timetable is for courses of more than one day in length. The tutor may make slight variations)

Course Materials


Some materials shared amongst the group.

What students need to bring

Please bring any watercolour paints you have.

Available to buy

A range of soft and hard pastels
Conte pastels are the best for hard pastels - include black HB and a range of colours (at least 10)
Good quality soft pastel brands are the best as they last a long time
Drawing media - pencils, rubbers
White and coloured papers such as Canford or Fabriano in natural tones (greys and browns)

The tutor can advise you throughout the course on materials which will be available to purchase on-site.


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.


Residential option available. Find out accommodation costs and how to book here.

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