Portrait in Pastels for Beginners | David Wells Bienarté

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Portrait in Pastels for Beginners | David Wells

Portrait in Pastels for Beginners | David Wells

Learn the easy steps to making a truly beautiful Portrait in Pastels from internationally acclaimed figurative pastel artist, David Wells who will guide you through the process of creating a portrait with detail, dimension, softness, expression and likeness.

What will I learn?

This workshop focuses on rendering realistic portraits from two angles, in clearly explained, achievable steps.

Students will employ blending, layering and scumbling techniques to create individual artworks and explore personal expression, within a carefully structured class.

Who is this workshop suitable for?

No drawing skills are required for this course, so it is suitable for absolute beginners, as well as for anyone who would like to begin to develop their skills in portraiture and/or pastels.

What do I need to bring?

Purchase the complete set for $120. This includes everything you will need plus David Wells Limited Edition Pastel set (10 pastels) valued at $80

Please email team@bienarte.com.au to order your kit or BYO

Schmincke Soft Pastel - White #001-D
Schmincke Soft Pastel - Flesh Orchre #016-O 
Schmincke Soft Pastel - Caput Mortuum Pale #023-M
Schmincke Soft Pastel - Pozzuoli Earth #021 - D 
Schmincke Soft Pastel -Burnt Green Earth #033-B

Faber Castell Pitt Pastel Pencil - White #101 soft 
Faber Castell Pitt Pastel Pencil - Brown Ochre #182
Faber Castell Pitt Pastel Pencil - Venetian Red #190
Faber Castell Pitt Pastel Pencil - Van Dyke Brown #176

Faber Castell kneadable eraser 
Staedtler Metal Sharpener Double Hole
3 sheets of A3 Canson Me-Teintes Touch primed pastel paper, Sepia

Please also bring 'Water Wipes' baby wipes (must not have oil in them) and a large old towel.

What else is provided?

• Tables, chairs and easels
• Tea and coffee (please bring your own cup)
• A friendly, supportive and encouraging learning environment
• Connection to the Bienarté art community

This course has no current classes. Please the waiting list.

Course testimonials:

  • David Wells is a great teacher; his respect, kindness and patience for beginners deeply complement the detailed learning experience. Deserae from West End
  • A focussed but relaxed couple of days working with David on portraiture. He's a master of pastel technique and an excellent tutor. This was just the creative kickstarter I needed to get back into a challenging medium. K.Foy, Withcott
  • This course was time and money well spent! I thoroughly enjoyed both days, learnt many new skills and produced a couple of pastel paintings that I am very happy with. David Wells is a great tutor without seeming to be "teacher" - his informal style created a relaxed and friendly, non-competitive atmosphere. I'm now very keen to undertake Level two!