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Discovering Oil Pastels

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  • Event times:
    • Start : 10.30am
25th August
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Are you ready to get out there and capture summer subjects? it's a great time as lockdown lifts to re-engage with nature and we are lucky as artists that we can do that through our creativity. Our popular resident tutor ,Liana, will lead you through these  new workshops with her usual patience ,humour and knowledge to give you the skills and ideas to experiment indoors and out.

Very clear demonstrationsand very encouraging attitude,always finding something positive' N.F

Oil Pastels seem to be one of the most contentious of art mediums, a real marmite subject-you either love ‘em or hate ‘em. More than any other medium, beginners are often frustrated with their results. Yet with a little know how they can be invaluable in mixed media work and produce a range as delicate as watercolour or as rich as an oil painting. They are wonderfully vibrant, compact and easy to carry. This makes them the perfect convenient pigment to work with ‘plein air[see on] or to take on holiday. They also encourage a boldness and looseness in the ‘tightest’ of painters, come on give them a try!


10.30- 4.30











Table cover[plastic/newpaper etc]

Overalls and mask

Baby wipes

Turpentine and or baby oil

Kitchen sponge

A folder/binbag etc to carry work home in safely

Palette knife/sharp objects for scraping.

Defaced credit card!



· A set of oil pastels say approx ten colours. They should include white. To start with and to experiment these can be inexpensive [eg Home direct in Teignmouth has sets for a fiver].

· As with most art equipment higher quality is usually available at a higher price! For this day buy what feels comfortable, until you decide how much oil work you want to do.

· A pencil, eg hb or 2b

· A thick black marker



· Many types of paper can be used so bring a selection to experiment on. From: Oil paper, mixed media, water colour, Scraps of mounting board, cartridge, white card. It needs to be robust so nothing too flimsy or with too much ‘tooth’ ie texture. Coloured paper and pastel paper will also work, if not flimsy.

· A4 Will be fine for exercises and most pictures unless you like to work big then go for A3

· If you are buying specially I would go with oil paper which has a linen like texture- but not the thicker kind like fabric canvas and some white thin card.

· You may also want to bring a notebk and some scrap [eg photocopier paper] for planning


Oil pastels particularly need careful techniques, I look forward to showing you how they can be rich and rewarding! Liana x

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