Pastel drawing – introduction with Oliver Jones

Ref: S1D13222

Location: West Dean
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About this course

Learn the basics of drawing and using pastels; techniques include: measurement, composition, colour and form, mark-making, texture and layering.

Course Description

Learn the basics of drawing and using pastels, with a focus on still life subjects. You will be taught methods of measurement and composition to construct different works, from more conventional still life drawing to abstract drawing.

You will look closely at colour and form to re-focus your attention on the surfaces, rather than the preconceived notions of the objects you draw.

You will learn different methods of applying dry media, mark-making and texture to build an image, layering and mixing colour to achieve depth and form. The skills exercised on this course can be used in many aspects of your practice, and are a great start in using chalk pastel as a versatile medium to produce different types of work.

This course is ideal for beginners, but will serve to reiterate some skills already learned, and perhaps pose new methods for those who are confident in using chalk pastels and dry media.


Timetable for one day courses

Students should arrive by 9am for registration.

Classes are from 9.15 - 5pm

Lunch is included.

Course Materials


  • A set of pastels and some MDF

What students need to bring

  • Any work or photographs of previous related work undertaken
  • Rags
  • Hard bristle brush (or toothbrush, preferably new)
  • Any pastels you may have
  • Paper or sketch pads suitable for pastel work
  • Putty rubber
  • Extra fine wet and dry emery paper (for cleaning the stump)

Available to buy

  • Available from shop:
  • A good range of art materials, including a good assortment of quality dry pastels, pastel paper and sketchpads suitable for pastel work, putty rubbers, extra fine wet and dry emery paper, brown gum strip, adhesive brown paper tape and fixative

Additional information

Please wear appropriate clothing/aprons for the workshop or studio. This includes stout covered footwear (no open toes or sandals).

Courses of interest

Further study options

Take the next step in your creative practice, with foundation level to Masters in Fine Art study. 

Depending on your experience, start with an Online Foundation Certificate in Art and Design (one year, part-time), a Foundation Diploma in Art and Design made up of 10 short courses taken over two years (part-time) or advance your learning with our BA (Hons) Art and Contemporary Craft: Materials, Making, and Place (six years part-time). All will help you develop core skills, find direction in your practice and build an impressive portfolio in preparation for artist opportunities or higher-level study. See all degree and diploma courses.