Abbeys, Castles + Ruins in Soft Pastel


Lunch: Price includes a hearty lunch.

All Levels

Typically for a max of 8 people.

Full Day

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There is interest and great inspiration to be found in the ancient buildings around us in the landscape. We have a wealth of local ruins, abbeys and castles that offer a challenge to the pastel artist. You will spend the day with artist Heather Dormer, learning how to capture these fantastic features using soft pastels.

– Learn from pastel artist Heather Dormer how to establish a suitable palette for this environment.
– Learn tips and techniques for working with pastels.
– Transfer a sketch to start a finished piece.
– Be guided through how to solve problems in your drawings.

What to expect

Time at ArtisOn is designed to take you away from it all and provide the environment, the time and the guidance you need to create. You can expect a warm welcome, skilled and friendly tutors plus the chance to meet like-minded people keen to share ideas and experiences. You can even leave us to clear up the mess! There will usually be two workshops going on and we encourage everyone to mingle and be nosey about what the other workshop is up to.

Arrive in time to meet other participants over a cup of tea or coffee and biscuits before beginning your session at the appointed time. There will be a mid-morning break for refreshments and a chance to talk over progress with others. Lunch is usually around 12:45 for about 45 mins – you can expect a homemade 2 course lunch. The main course will be delicious but don’t overdo it as the puds are usually worth waiting for! There will be a further afternoon break with the most wonderful cakes from Roots & Fruits Home Bakery, a North Yorkshire micro-bakery producing handmade bread and cakes. All food and refreshments are included in the price of the workshop.

Finish time is given as a target – there are occasions when the session may overrun so do let us know if you need to be away promptly.

We aim for your day to be a real treat… of course you could always learn a new skill in a shed or a draughty village hall with a curly sandwich, but we want you to have more fun than that! So we make it a day being looked after, with good food, good company and great inspiration!

What you’ll need to bring with you

Some soft pastels will be available for you to use on the day if you are short of colours, but please bring your own set if you have them.

Pastel paper.

Pastels are messy, we have aprons available but please wear clothes you don't mind getting dirty.

Wet wipes are very handy to clean up and keep yourself and your colours sharp and clean.

Boards will be provided but if you have a support that you usually use feel free to bring it along.

“Had a lot of fun learning a new skill and going home with my lovely finished lampshade.”

– Karen

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