Introduction to Soft Pastels Spring 2022

Starting in Person at Dundas Valley School of Art

Tuesday April 26, 2022.

Princess Point by Cathy Lorraway

4A12 Introduction to Soft Pastels In Class

Tuesday: April 26 – May 24 (5 weeks) 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. 

Discover the ease of working with the brilliant colours of dry pastels. In this series of beginners’ classes, participants will be introduced to the techniques and processes Cathy uses to produce successful pastel works. Learn the basics of substrates and pastel varieties, as well as elements of colour theory, composition, layering and design.   

Click here to register: Dundas Valley School of Art Members: $135.07 + HST, Non-Members: $139 + HST 

Charting New Paths with Soft Pastels Spring 2022 Intermediate Advanced

Starting in Person at Dundas Valley School of Art

April 27, 2022

Windy Fields of Goldenrod by Cathy Lorraway

4A13 Charting New Paths with Soft Pastels—Intermediate/Advanced

Wednesday afternoons, 1-3 pm., 5 weeks. April 27, 2022 to May 25, 2022

This series of workshops is geared towards the intermediate to experienced pastel artist. You’ll be exposed to new methods for expressing yourself with soft pastels through demonstrations and exercises. Cathy will help you expand beyond your current comfort zone and understanding of the medium’s capabilities. Colour theory, surfaces and layering will be a primary focus. Students should have completed at least one previous pastel class. 

Click here to register: Dundas Valley School of Art Members : $135.07 + HST, Non-Members: $139 + HST.

Spring Into Colour: Pastels for the Beginner Artist

Starting in person April 13, 2022

Daffodils by Cathy Lorraway

Spring Into Colour: Pastels for the Beginner Artist Levels 1 to 3  

Wednesday nights, 7-9pm. 6 weeks. April 13, 2022 to May 18, 2022

Explore the potential of pastels to portray the vibrant colours of spring.  By experimenting with different colour schemes, underpaintings and exploring layering of colours, and texture, we will discover how to create dramatic paintings. We will also build pastel techniques using still life and florals.  Although this course is meant to build on skills developed in Colour My World part one, artists new to pastel are also welcome and encouraged to discover the potential of this wonderful medium.  You will be provided with photographic references, but students are encouraged to work from their own more meaningful landscape photographs.  Class demonstrations and individual instruction provided throughout in a fun, supportive environment.

Click here to register at Oakville Art Society Course Fee: $125   Members: $110

Colour my World: Pastels for the Beginner Artist II Level 1-2 – Fall 2021

Explore the potential of pastels to portray the colours and light of different seasons. By experimenting with different colour schemes and underpaintings and exploring layering of colours, we will discover how to create dramatic nocturnal paintings as well as mood and depth in fall and winter scenes. We will also build on pastel techniques using still life. Although this course is meant to build on skills developed in Colour My World part one, artists new to pastel are also welcome and encouraged to discover the potential of this wonderful medium. The instructor will provide photographic references, but students are encouraged to work from their own more meaningful landscape photographs. Class demonstrations and individual instruction provided throughout in a fun, supportive environment.

8 weeks in person starting Thursdays October 7 – November 25, 2021, 1pm to 4pm

Course S2-124: Fee: $250   Members: $220 Oakville Art Society, 560 Bronte Road. Oakville, Ontario, L6L 6S1

To register click here and scroll to S2-124 Colour my World: Pastels for the Beginner Artist II

Colour My World: Pastels for the Beginner Artist Workshop – Spring 2021

Warm and Cool Colour Blending Still Life

8 week course was held from April 29, 2021 to June 17, 2021 on Thursdays 10am to 12pm

In this beginner pastel course, students fell in love with the colours of pastel. Students learned a variety of pastel techniques to draw and mix colours to portray form, light, texture and depth in still life and landscape paintings. Class demonstrations and individual instruction were provided throughout in a fun, supportive environment.

Colour My World: Pastels for the Beginner Artist Workshop – Winter 2021

Students joined me on an 8 week course from Feb 25, 2021 to June 17, 2021 from 10am to midday.

In this beginner pastel course students fell in love with the colours of pastel. Class demonstrations and individual instruction were provided throughout in a fun, supportive environment. Students learned a variety of pastel techniques to draw and mix colours to portray form, light, texture and depth in still life and landscape paintings. Students learned not only from my feedback along the way but also from critiquing each other in class critiques.

See examples of my students work in the gallery below.