Especially to coincide with the current Degas Exhibition at the National Gallery London entitled ‘Drawn in colour’ – on until 7th May ’18

This Figure/Portrait workshop will study the pastel application techniques of Degas, while working from the model, in one pose all day.

Especially aimed at beginners to the medium as well as the more experienced, we shall work on coloured paper with a limited selection of pigments to create the maximum effect of light.

Workshop starts at 10 am and ends at 3 pm

Please bring your own materials and a packed lunch.

All refreshments are provided during the day.

Spare boards and easels are available at the venue.

Fee – £45

Venue – Mountfield Village Hall, TN32 5LG

Full wheelchair/disabled access and facilities on site.

Due to the high demand, only a few places remain, please book early to avoid disappointment – ring Juliette on (01424) 424010 or email –

* The accompanying portrait is not the model for this workshop *


Portrait in Pastel Strokes

January 23, 2018



During this mornings Pastel Portrait class students were encouraged to use a different approach and technique, similar to Degas. Not blending like last week, but layering colours using cross-hatch directional strokes, this method shows the surface form and contours in. Building up skin tones starting with bright colours then overlaying paler highlights. This method gives the flesh a rich depth of subtle colours, works best on a large scale.

Pictured is my 15 minute demonstration portrait on A3 coloured paper.

* As this was such a popular and successful class I will be holding a DEGAS themed Pastel Workshop on Saturday 24th March, where we can spend the day indulging in a full figure rendition. Details will follow shortly.



After this mornings wonderful session I’d like to share with you all a very brief Pastel tutorial. As my weekly classes are only two hours for actual drawing ( plus 30 minutes break time for looking, chatting and refreshments) there doesn’t leave a lot of time for ‘faffing’, we just get on with pure portraits in a dynamic and concise approach.


1.   One way is to start off with a faint charcoal outline for general composition and proportion, followed with the laying on of colours. Highlights, reflected and warm skin tones, either blended of left textured, depending on your personal preference. Remember there is no ‘right way’ OR ‘wrong way’ – its your picture so you are the boss and can do whatever you want to.


2.   Leave the final details until the end, taking your time and really looking at and checking the position of all the facial features. Use charcoal for your blacks as its much more forgiving than black pastel or compressed charcoal, easily rubbed or brushed out with your finger tips.



3.  Finishing touches with the lightest highlights using white pastel or chalk, crisp up the edges with charcoal, a quick spay with cheap hairspray to set the pastels, avoiding the white parts which will dull.




Well thats was easy enough! Most students complete two pictures during a morning session, each once progressing from the first, plenty of scope to try different colour combinations and techniques. Go on, have a go yourself…..


Or enrol for the Tuesday morning Portrait sessions and join in the fun.





Some of the emotions that your creativity can release through the simple act of making Art.


Many find this process a deep comfort, a way to meditate, to concentrate all your mental energy to the task your hands are completing, leaving worries to one side for a few hours.


Its simple, the more you do the better you get.


Make this New Year a special one and fulfil your creative potential. Let us guide you on your path through demonstration, inspiration and encouragement to believe in your own unique gift.




Juliette and Barbara have been busy organising an array of interesting classes and workshops to fill the coming months with tempting visual treats.

Our classes are especially adapted to welcome all abilities at any level of artistic skill, beginners are gently guided through the basic skills and within a few sessions are speeding along their creative path. Never be afraid to have a go

CLASSES START FROM TUESDAY 9th JANUARY ’18 ( unless its snowing!)

Tuesday 10 am – 12.30 – PORTRAITS with Juliette Dodd  ( 01424) 424010

Tuesday 1 pm – 3.30 pm –  ART – Watercolours/Mixed-media with Barbara Valentine

Wednesday10am – 12.30 – ART – Watercolours/Mixed-media with Barbara Valentine

(01424) 838264

Please feel free to ring the tutors for more class and booking information.






December 5, 2017





The first of a 5 week introduction to Pastels – everyone relished drawing our fabulous model with her wonderfully colourful hair and make up. I usually limit the beginning to one colour plus charcoal and chalk but made an exception for this session.

Still keeping colours to a minimal pallet – skin tones – red and terracotta and hair colours – blue, purple and green. Two drawings were completed, after break with added glasses,   a real challenge but a very enjoyable exercise



November 28, 2017

December – brings the end of the first term at Mountfield Community Arts, with midwinter drawing in. Just a quick reminder about extreme weather – if it’s snowing and below freezing then all our classes will be cancelled, we don’t want anyone driving if the roads are dangerous and as the lane at Mountfield is rural it tends not to be gritted. So if its snow, stay in bed, keep warm and do some art related homework instead.

Barbara’s Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday morning classes have broken up for the festive season

Juliette’s Tuesday morning Portrait classes second term ‘ INTRODUCING COLOUR’  begins on 5th December with the second class on 12th December before the Christmas break.


We would like to wish all our students and supporters a very Merry Christmas and an exciting and productive New Year


GIFT VOUCHERS – As these have proved so popular we are again offering a range of gift vouchers for the BEST CHRISTMAS PRESENT ever – choose from one taster session, a half term (5 weeks ) or the full term ( 10 weeks) Voucher – please contact either tutor to arrange as prices vary

Barbara – (01424) 838264

Juliette  – (01424) 424010


IMG_0220Cross hatching demonstration picture –


Presenting this fabulous Historical themed workshop, suitable for both painting and drawing mediums.

Medieval Costumed model with authentic Harp – holding the same pose all day.

Participants can either concentrate of a Portrait composition or the full figure ( although some drapes may change after breaks) with added backdrop and props.

This workshop is fully tutored and all abilities are welcome, guidance adapted to individual needs.


Date ~ Saturday 28th October 2017

Time ~ 10am – 3pm

Venue ~ Mountfield Village Hall TN32 5LG

Tutor ~ Juliette Dodd

Fee ~ £45

As usual complementary refreshments available throughout the day, please bring a packed lunch and your preferred art materials.

Early booking essential for these popular events as places are very limited

Contact Juliette on (01424) 424010 or email