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This is a short course to introduce you to chalk and oil pastels, understand and explore the qualities of different types of pastel and how they might be used.

By the end of the course, you'll be able to:

  • Use hard and soft chalk pastels and pastel pencils

  • Mix and blend colours

  • Build textures

  • Use oil pastels, blend with solvent

There will be weekly demonstrations to introduce new skills.


Please bring: 2B pencil and drawing paper/pad or sketch book - a rough or slightly textured paper is best for pastels. Chalk pastels, oil pastels.

Next Steps

This course will provide you with a foundation of skills needed to progress to the Drawing & Painting courses at South Thames College.

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