Drawing: colour pastel techniques

Course Dates: 01/07/25 - 22/07/25
Time: 10:00 - 13:00
Location: Keeley Street
Explore the versatility and rich colours of this beautiful drawing and painting medium. Through practical exercises, discover its potential to create a variety of surface effects and its suitability for sketching and outdoor colour work.
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Drawing: colour pastel techniques
  • Course Code: VH780
  • Dates: 01/07/25 - 22/07/25
  • Time: 10:00 - 13:00
  • Taught: Tue, Daytime
  • Duration: 4 sessions (over 4 weeks)
  • Location: Keeley Street
  • Tutor: Ro Sylvester

Course Code: VH780

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Tue, day, 01 Jul - 22 Jul '25

Duration: 4 sessions (over 4 weeks)

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What is the course about?

This course will introduce you to drawing with oil and soft pastels. You will explore a variety of different techniques giving you an insight into the possibilities for making pastel drawings and sketches. Working from observation to produce a nuanced pastel composition.

What will we cover?

- Experimenting with a variety of mark making methods
- Mixing colours using different blending techniques
- Using oil pastel in conjunction with other media.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- Use a variety of mark making techniques
- Demonstrate how to use colour mixing effectively
- Select suitable subject matter and supports for pastel projects
- Start to draw in pastels from observation and secondary sources
- Use pastels in conjunction with other drawing and painting media.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

This taster course is suitable for beginners and those wanting to explore and develop their oil pastel skills.

You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions, demonstrations, hand-outs and health and safety information, and will be invited to take part in group discussion.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

• Studio-based practical tasks
• Tutor demonstrations
• One to one guidance
• Presentations and group discussion.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

All drawing materials are provided, however if you have your own oil pastels please do bring them along.


When I've finished, what course can I do next?

Introduction to collage and mixed media
Drawing 1
Drawing into painting
Drawing from Plants and Flowers
Draw, paint print.

Ro Sylvester

Ro Sylvester is a veteran of film and theatre, having made costume and props for productions such as ‘Hellraiser’ and ‘Legend’ back in the ‘80s. She ran a costume studio in Covent Garden for some time, supplying the Opera House and other West End Theatres with costumes and props. Ro also made many props and costumes for pop videos including Eddie Grant, Supertramp and New Order. From the early ‘90s, she worked in secondary and 6th form teaching, delivering exam courses in Design Technology, Textiles, Graphics, Computer Graphics and Model Making. Having retired from secondary teaching in 2017, Ro has worked to private commission in retail display, commercials and theatre. She has also worked as a tutor at City Lit, teaching; Model Making, Prop Making, Perspective, Pastel drawing and general creativity skills. She continues to create bespoke lightweight jewellery, window displays and props for theatre and film. Ro runs a lively and fast moving classroom, helping students to explore their potential and progress onto other courses where applicable. You can see much of her work and that of her students on her website.

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.