Develop your technique with Pastels : a 4 week course

3 Sep - 24 Sep

OPEN Ealing Arts Centre W5 2TD

Course Fees : Full £75 ; Retired £65 ; Concession £50 (Pay As You Go rates available)

Class details

Develop your technique with pastels is a short four week course led by Andrea Tierney. If you completed her first course at OPEN, have some experience with soft pastels, or just want to learn a new medium – this is the course for you.


10am – 1pm

3 – 24 September

Course Fees : Full £75 ; Retired £65 ; Concession £50

Pay As You Go Rates : Full £25 ; Retired £20 ; Concession £15

Limited to 8 artists

Pastel is a most versatile medium: from the subtle to the dynamic, from controlled observation to subjective expression, working with pastels makes it possible to great effect. Artists throughout history have used pastels to achieve that quality impossible to render in oils, watercolours or acrylics. Look at Edgar Degas or Mary Cassatt, Toulouse Lautrec or Paula Rego; they have all used soft pastels to achieve stunning effects.

In four week course you examine and develop your technique in the following areas:

  • portraits and people – week 1
  • figures – week 2
  • abstract design – week 3
  • landscapes – week 4


You need to provide your own materials for this course

  • Pastel paper
  • A range of soft/ chalk pastels (not oil pastels)
  • Kneaded eraser (putty rubber)
  • A blending stump (you can make it yourself from blotting paper. Or you can use your finger tips)
  • A soft brush for blending
  • A soft cloth
  • Apron or old shirt
  • Babywipes

About the Tutor

Andrea Tierney is a practising artist with a training in Fine Art, Digital media and Textile Design. She has exhibited widely in the UK and abroad and worked in artist residencies in Italy, the Czech Republic and Austria.
For 15 years she worked as art teacher in High Schools and as visiting artist in Primary and High Schools as well as taught Life Drawing and Drawing and Painting in Adult Education.



Course Details

OPEN Ealing Arts Centre W5 2TD

Dates: 3 Sep - 24 Sep
Friday 10:00 am
Fees: Course Fees : Full £75 ; Retired £65 ; Concession £50 (Pay As You Go rates available)

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