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Introduction to Pastels

Venue Bluecoat
Admission £125 for 3 week course

Learn the fundamentals of using soft pastels in this 3 day course, and explore the medium of pastels and learn a variety of techniques to create beautiful artwork.

Starting with the basics of soft pastels and using the work of pastelist Childe Hassam as a case study, you will each recreate some of his famous works over this three day introductory course.

Childe Hassam was one of the most notable American Impressionists working in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. He is also one of the most famous American pastelists.

He exhibited in the fourth, final, show of the Society of Painters in Pastel in New York in 1890. The urban landscape, summer gardens and abstracted night skies all were captured by his hand, working in this medium.

Day 1. Basic Techniques – On the first day, using still life objects, you will practice basic techniques including; blending, colour mixing, cross hatching, stippling and sgraffito.

Day 2. Landscape – Using the techniques learnt in Day 1, you will each recreate one of Hassam’s famous portraits. Basic landscapers for beginners, to more detailed landscapes for people looking for a refresh.

Day 3. Portrait – In the final session we will recreate one of Hassam’s famous portraits, perfecting the techniques learnt in the previous 2 sessions.


Mia Cathcart is an experienced artist and tutor having led dot-art Schools workshops as well as advanced adult classes.


You will need to bring some of your own materials for the duration of the course.

To avoid a booking fee and pay by card, cheque or cash, please contact dot-art Services directly on 0345 017 6660

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