Learn to use: soft pastels

Course Dates: 25/02/20 - 03/03/20
Time: 18:30 - 21:30
Location: KS - Keeley Street

Discover how to achieve wonderfully luscious, velvety textured pastel paintings by experimenting with techniques such as blending and overlaying and through practical exercises, gain insight into suitable supports and subject matter.


What is the course about?

This course will introduce you to drawing with chalk pastels. You will explore some basic techniques giving you an insight into the many possibilities for making pastel paintings and drawings. Taking inspiration from artists such as Edgar Degas and Jim Dine and exploring their approaches. You will receive advice about an appropriate type and level of drawing or painting course for further study.

What will we cover?

- Information about choosing suitable supports for pastels.
- Mixing colour
- A brief history including the properties and uses of chalk pastels.

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

- Feel confident using a variety of mark making techniques
- Have a greater understanding of how colour mixing works
- Feel confident in selecting suitable subject matter.

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

This taster course is suitable for beginners and those wanting to brush up on their pastel skills.

You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions which support demonstrations, hand-outs and for 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?

You will be taught through practical exercises, some demonstrations, brief individual tutoring and some 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 chalk pastels, pastel pencils or soft pastels please do bring them along.

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

General information and advice on courses at City Lit is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details


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Enthusiastic an knowledgable input from teacher. I loved it and will try new courses like this asaresult
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Review by Lisa Haywood / (Posted on 20/07/2019)
This was an enjoyable and inspiring course with a brilliant and helpful tutor
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Tutor Biographies
Mario Lautier Vella Tutor Website

Mario Lautier Vella is a cross-disciplinary, award-winning artist who began his art career at City Lit. After completing a number of short courses in drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture and textiles, Mario went on to do the two-year City Lit Fine Art course before going back to university to gain his Masters degree. Mario regularly exhibits in the UK and abroad and his work can be found in private collections around the world. Mario has enjoyed teaching at City Lit since 2011. For more info go to mariolautiervella.com

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.

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Course Code: VH050

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Started Tue, eve, 25 Feb - 03 Mar '20

Duration: 2 sessions (over 2 weeks)

Full fee: £79.00
Senior fee: £79.00
Concession: £48.00

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