Intro to pastel painting


Soft chalk pastels | Oil pastels

We will be learning the art of using pastel painting materials which include soft pastels and oil pastels. Discover the variety of creative ways you can use pastels in both dry and soluble form which gives you a broad range of styles to work in. 

Pastel painting allows you to achieve stunning results almost immediately – so join us and dive into a world of colour and texture that allows you tremendous creative freedom.

Perfect for all students who wish to learn about the expressive qualities and stunning colours of soft chalk and oil pastels.

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“…as with all Brian’s courses he manages to break down topics into bite size pieces which certainly helps me in my understanding of the various principles.”
Maria M

“Very different to usual drawing workshops, exciting and pushes you into very different and interesting ways of drawing.”
Barbara H

“It was a really enjoyable course which offered me a good understanding of the tools and techniques I needed to learn to draw.  I would highly recommend Brian as a teacher.”
James E



Thurs + Fri


Includes most materials

August 22 + 23

10 – 4pm

Adult Beginner, Improver, Intermediate

8 places remaining

Mon + Tues


Includes most materials

Autumn Mon + Tues

10 – 4pm

Adult Beginner, Improver, Intermediate

Dates not yet decided

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Course details

Course structure

This course will introduce students to working in;

  • Soft pastels
  • Oil pastels

Click the green Materials to bring tab
to see what you need to bring.

Day 1
During the morning students will learn how to draw with soft pastels through demonstrations and exercises.  Students will discover how to blend, layer, and use as a dry medium and blended with water to create versatile effects. This will be followed by a creative project designed to give students the opportunity to experiment and develop their skills in drawing with soft or chalk pastels.  Students will be supported with lots of 1:1 tuition as well as group critiques.

The afternoon session will involve a further creative project drawing with soft pastels allowing students to develop further skills in using colour relationships and the background paper colours to full effect within their drawings.

Day 2
Day 2 begins with a demonstration of how to draw with oil pastels.  After a short exercise students will complete creative project allowing them time to experiment and explore with 1:1 support and guidance.

In the afternoon students will be given a second creative project allowing them the freedom to fully exploit oil pastels, dramatic colours and versatility in mark-making, creating textures and developing a painterly feel to their drawings.

This is a great course for beginners as all techniques I teach will be fully demonstrated and students will receive lots of 1:1 tuition.  Improvers and intermediate artists will also benefit if they are looking to branch out into using materials they have not yet fully understood.

  • Essential items to bring

    1. Pencil: 4B, 6B, 8B or 9B
    2. Plastic erasor
    3. Kneadable ‘putty’ rubber
    4. Drawing paper
      choose either;
    • Daler Rowney: A2 size
      Mixed media pad, 250gsm
    • Cass Art: A2 size
      Mixed media pad, 250gsm

    Optional items to bring
    Baby wipes (hand cleansing tissues)
    Rag (old cloth) for smudging charcoal or paint when drawing
    Wear old clothes or bring an apron
    Pen and notebook for taking notes during the course

  • Group Size
    Min 6 – Max 10

    Course includes tea, coffee & biscuits. Please provide your own lunch on full day courses,workshops and classes.

  • Brian has a background as a fine artist, community artist and adult tutor. 
    Brian is passionate about teaching and enthuses his students with excitement for creativity and making art.  His teaching style is supportive, relaxed and friendly, yet focused on ensuring everyone is able to progress to their potential.  He is Lead tutor at Creative Art Courses.

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What can I expect

Structured learning
Carefully structured teaching that will lead you step by step, giving you the confidence to try new things.  

Individual attention
Loads of individual 1:1 encouragement to explore, experiment and discover.

Inclusive + personalised learning
A teaching style that focuses on your individual needs and is fully accepting of your individuality.

Creativity and technical skills
Teaching that allows you to learn new technical skills and develop your creativity, and leave inspired to continue to develop your skills further at home.

Welcoming studio
The Gallery Studio is a warm, creative and friendly space offering a relaxed informal, yet focused, teaching style.

Choose this course if you want to learn about drawing with soft chalk pastels and oil pastels

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“Fun, supportive. Good to develop existing skills. Tones, shapes, perspective. How to just be creative.”
Tracey M

Choosing the right course

Courses are grouped into 4 strands, each with a different focus. 
Create your own patchwork of courses depending on your interest and availability. 
There is no specific starting point.


Fundamental building blocks applicable to all art styles


Materials + techniques to fall in love with


Stand out – learn to develop a strong artistic voice.


Ongoing development away from formal courses

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