Introduction to ‘Pastels for Pleasure’

Date(s) - 27/09/2018 - 15/11/2018
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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Norwich High School

With Cora Mullenger

“How do you use something that looks like a stick of chalk to create a detailed picture?”

You will find the answer to this, and other questions about using this wonderful medium, by attending my course. Together we will explore and experiment with different pastels and papers to discover our own individual skills and flare in this exciting medium. Yes, it’s messy, but the colours can be intense and subtle. Yes, it’s necessary to ‘fix’ your work, but not before you’ve created something colourful, inventive and possibly highly detailed in a surprisingly short space of time!

In each class we will look at a different subject and practice the techniques of using pastels to recreate the image on paper.

The aim of the course is to give you a taste of the world of pastels, whilst having fun in a relaxed and creative environment.

The course

1) Experiment and discover pastels

2) Still life

3) Botanical subjects

4) Landscape- Working from a favourite photograph

5) Figures – working from photographs

6) Portraits – working from photographs

7) Animals – working from photographs

8) What’s your favourite – abstract play!

Each week you will learn about the techniques, what pastels to buy, what papers to buy, how to ‘fix’ your work and how it should be preserved.

You will also be shown how to really look at objects and ‘measure’ to reproduce their image on paper. My  advice to everyone is, ‘draw what you see, not what you think you know’!

I have a ‘fun based’ approach to teaching and believe completely in ‘learning by doing’.

A selection of basic materials will be available for you to use.










About the tutor

I have been running my own business as a pastel portrait artist since 2014. I specialise in pet portraits, and have been commissioned to create over 100 pictures in that time.

Since January 2016 I have been running ‘workshops’ focussing on the use of pastels and the general rules of reproducing ‘what you see’ on to paper.

I have also attended a variety of events, where I offer demonstrations of my portrait technique; these include The Game & Country Fair, The Aylsham Show, East of England Alpaca Fiesta and I will be returning to the Hobart Gallery at Blickling Hall for a summer exhibition for the third time this year.

For further examples of my work please visit my website and facebook page.