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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?

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

What is provided?

You will receive the Schmincke Limited Edition David Wells Pastel Set of 10, including:

001D White, 016O Flesh Ochre, 016M Flesh Ochre, 023M Caput Mortuum Pale, 024H Caput Mortuum Deep, 021D Pozzuoli Earth, 018H Burnt Sienna, 014D Gold Ochre, 033B Burnt Green Earth, 036D Vandyke Brown.

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

You can purchase an extra equipment set here for $40.

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

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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!