Soft Pastels – An Adventure in Building Up Colour
Soft pastels are an often misunderstood medium. The assumption that they are delicate and once down on paper, unchangeable, means that they are sometimes used timidly and unadventurously and on a small scale. They are treated with almost too much respect....!
In this two day workshop, drawing from a still life set-up in the studio, students will learn how to use pastels vigorously, and gesturally. They will learn how to build up the delicate medium and mix colours into bold and lively compositions.
The first day will start with a slide presentation looking at artists who have used soft pastels as part of their practice, or in some cases, exclusively: Quentin de la Tour, Liotard, Chardin, through to Degas, Kitaj and the late Paula Rego.
We will look at mixing colour through layering and fixing, and will be considering the paper options and preparing the surfaces for making a series of studies.
On the second day, informed by the experiences of the day before, students will prepare their surface, and work on one large and sustained pastel drawing.