San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Tutor: Alison Hall
Taster Session - Sunday 2nd October, 2-4pm
4 week course - Wednesdays from 29th November 7-9pm
Taster - £25 inc materials
Course - £70 inc materials
Distinct from other painting medias, pastels are a ready-made range of tints and shades. Use your colour palette to create drawings depicting emotion and atmosphere. Learn to create a harmonious palette, and control the intensity of colour to ensure the composition is successful.
Pastel drawings can resemble paintings when complete and are a wonderful medium to work in as you get bright, brilliant colours and an easy flowing feel to your drawings. With ample practice, your skills will improve - no matter what your current skill level.
Pastels have been used by artists since the Renaissance, and gained considerable popularity in the 18th century, when a number of notable artists made pastel their primary medium. The pastel medium was mentioned by Leonardo da Vinci, who learned of it from the French artist Jean Perréal after that artist's arrival in Milan in 1499. Pastel was sometimes used as a medium for preparatory studies, Edgar Degas was an innovator in pastel technique, and Odilon Redon produced a large body of works in pastel.
Soft pastels have more pure pigment and less binder than the harder versions and they impart a smoother, richer feel. The reduced binder makes soft pastels prone to smudging if not fixed between layers. The harder versions have more binder and less pigment and are stronger and can often be sharpened to a point. This makes them ideal for putting in finer, crisper detail that you can't get with soft pastels. They're also good for use as an underpainting or outlining prior to overlaying with soft pastels. Quality can vary greatly from brand to brand, and is usually reflected in the price.
Often tinted paper is used to create a mood but any surface with a grain or 'tooth’ is suitable. Specialist papers such as 'Ingres paper' are manufactured with various grains and in a wide variety of tints. Many artists use 'rough' watercolour paper, pre-tinted with their choice of colour and left to dry.
Local artist Alison Johnston graduated from Edinburgh College of Art and has been a practioner and tutor in many diciplines of fine art for 30 years.
When & Where
Moray Art Centre
We are at The Park, Findhorn, Forres.