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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.

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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.

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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.

 

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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.

 

 

 

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COLOUR RUSH

December 5, 2017

 

 

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PORTRAIT CLASS –

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

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MOUNTFIELD COMMUNITY ARTS DISPLAY AT BATTLE LIBRARY

                     2013 Classes begin on Tuesday 10th September

PORTRAITS with Juliette Dodd , 10 am – 12.30 every Tuesday. Working from a model this course takes the student on an intensive learning journey using all the drawing and painting mediums. With Step by step demonstrations and individual guidance to reach your full potential as an artist.

WATERCOLOURS with Barbara Valentine, 1 pm – 3.30 every Tuesday. A varied course teaching a wide range of watercolour techniques both traditional and experimental. Materials are available to purchase.

MIXED – MEDIA classes with Barbara, both morning and afternoon sessions on Wednesdays. Featuring a wide variety of topics from Landscapes to Seascapes, Still life and Fantasy to Botanical and Historical. Mediums include inks, oils, pastels, acrylic and gouache in a range of scales from massive to miniature.

FEES – PORTRAIT Course – £95 for 10 week term

WATERCOLOUR and MIXED MEDIA courses – £78 for 10 week term

To be payed in advance

New students are welcome to a taster class.

All classes are fun, friendly and relaxed. Please bring your own art materials although the tutors will always have spare if you forget.

Book your place with the tutor –

Juliette (01424) 424010    juliette.bythesea@virgin.net

Barbara (01424) 838264    barbara.valentine@mypostoffice.co.uk