This months portrait workshop is specifically designed for the use of chalk Pastels as an Art medium.

Exotic model dressed in rich and vibrant colours accompanied with glittering jewels to make the most of this dramatic medium.

All abilities welcome, especially beginners to this medium, as expert tuition and guidance  will be given by the tutor.

Step by step demonstrations.

As usual there is very limited places so early booking recommended.

Pastel Portrait Workshop – Saturday 26th May 2018

Venue – Mountfield Community Arts, Mountfield Village Hall TN32 5LG

Time – 10 – 3 pm

Fee – £45

For bookings contact Juliette Dodd ( 01424) 424010

email –

Refreshments provided throughout the day, please bring a packed lunch and your preferred Art materials.

Dark or richly coloured paper is advised to get the maximum results.







November 18, 2016

New Portrait term starts on Tuesday 29th November, concentration on ‘Introducing Colour’ for 10 weeks

Students will gradually be introduced to coloured pastels during an intensive 5 week period using this versatile medium. We have an inspiring array of new sitters to draw and working on a larger scale helps to free up everyones unique style.

There are still a few places left on the course, with two models per session in this mixed abilities class.


Due to popular demand I’ve been busy organising regular monthly PORTRAIT workshops on the following dates –

Saturday 25th March ( Mothering Sunday weekend – perfect gift)

Saturday 22nd April ( tail end of the school Easter Holidays)

Saturday 27th May

Saturday 22nd July ( a follow on from the Oil Painting Summer School)


Each workshop runs from 10 am to 3 pm, refreshments provided, please bring your own art materials and a packed lunch.

The model will be in one pose for the whole day – perfect opportunity to get the oil paints out and have a intensive painting session. Step by step demonstrations and advice.

  • Fee £45 for the day – includes individual tuition from the tutor – Juliette Dodd
  • When booking, a £20 deposit is requested to hold your place.
  • Open GIFT VOUCHERS are available for these special days with the date to be decided by the recipient.

Contact – Juliette Dodd – (01424) 424010

email –

For venue directions please look in the ‘About’ section


Exclusive Spring Portrait workshop for a whole day, specifically for working with colour, suitable for using pastel or paints.

Places are limited to only ten students.

Individual attention to each participant.

Demonstrations by Juliette Dodd in colour mixing and application throughout the day.

Fee – £35 with a £10 advance deposit

Date – Saturday 11th April , 10 am – 3 pm

Bring art materials and a packed lunch, refreshments provided.

For further information & bookings (01424) 424010 email –


New Classes for 2015

January 5, 2015

My New Years resolution is to learn something new, although I haven’t yet decided exactly what. Now is the perfect time to follow your dream and open your mind.

Our Art classes are ongoing so students are free to join in at any time during the course.

Barbara is currently running varied Art workshops on Tuesday afternoons and every Wednesday, which include a wide range of subject matter and techniques. All abilities are catered for including complete beginners, individual attention and teaching is adjusted to each students needs.

Tuesday morning Portrait classes this term concentrate on colour, working with pastels and great variety of models, usually two per session. Students will concentrate on replicating skin tone as well as a likeness with step by step demonstrations by Juliette at the start of each class. So far the progress of all last Septembers beginners has been exceptional, and the quality of work created continues to exceed their own expectations.

Of course the main aim of our classes is for everyone to have fun as well as be creative in an inspirational nurturing environment.

Prospective students are welcome to come for a taster session before enrolling, contact Barbara on (01424) 838264 or Juliette on (01424) 424010

Classes start at 10 am on Tuesday 13th January, although not if its snowing – please stay safe!


Choosing one colour plus charcoal and chalk


Student was a complete beginner 4 months ago


Great attention to detail


Amazing use of a limited pallet


Experimental and expressive portrait


January 6, 2014

Tuesday morning Portrait classes are bursting with colour in the New Year. During December students started working with pastels as a natural progression from charcoal and chalk, gradually adding one colour per session to build confidence with the medium. With a wonderful variety of new models to draw from, the results are very successful with some very powerful images produced. During the course we spend five weeks working with each medium so everyone can experiment with techniques. Pastels are followed by watercolour pencils,  this changes the scale as well as the application method and leads quite naturally to painting from drawing.

Working with colour and painting methods are planned for 2014

New students are always welcome to join the course just ring Juliette on (01424) 424010 for details

NEWS – Spring weekend workshops are being organised – dates to follow








January 8, 2013

Students have been working with pastels for the last few sessions. We began using just one colour along with charcoal and chalk, gradually including more colours and looking at skin tones. These are some of the results after a two hour class.

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Model and her portrait

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Tutors quick demonstration showing how to achieve skin tones by overlaying colours

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Portrait and model

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Portrait classes every Tuesday morning at 10 am to 12.30. This term concentrates on Colour using pastels and watercolour pencils ( 5 weeks working with each medium)