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$349 Limited inc GST / $314

Pastel Landscape - From Nature’s Microcosm to its Macrocosm

<p>Learn how to use colour grounds, broken strokes of pastel colour and stumped blending, in order to convey both specific objects in the landscape and vistas. This class will examine the pastel

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There will be an excursion held on Weeks 6 & 8 for this course. The tutor will notify you in-class where to meet for these weeks.

Learn how to use colour grounds, broken strokes of pastel colour and stumped blending, in order to convey both specific objects in the landscape and vistas. This class will examine the pastel techniques employed in both small natural objects and the broader landscape, within the pastel works of the French artists Eugène Delacroix, Jean-Francosi Millet and Edgar Degas. We will then have an opportunity to apply these to the landscape on two separate excursions.

DELIVERY MODE

  • Face-to-Face

COURSE OUTLINE

  • Flower studies in pastel – Students will arrive with five different flowers to draw in pastel. The first class will introduce students to the fundamentals of using pastels.
  • Flower Still Life in pastel – In groups of 2 students will bring in a vertical cardboard box in which to arrange a vase and enough flowers for a small Still Life.
  • Eugène Delacroix pastel mountains and sky sketches – we will examine in further detail, pastel layering techniques in relation to mountains and sky scenery.
  • Edgar Degas’ early landscapes of Northern France – We will continue to build on the skills of the prior week, with a greater focus on the landscape vista as a whole.
  • Excursion to Manly beach – This will be an opportunity to apply the skills learned in the previous 2 weeks to the natural environment.
  • Edgas Degas and his late pastel landscape – Degas later pastel is applied in a less linear and more opaque manner than in his earlier works. We will examine his process and how it is somewhat prefigured in the works of Eugène Delacroix and Jean-Francois Millet.
  • Excursion to Centennial Park - This will be an opportunity to apply the skills learned in the previous week to the natural environment.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Gained some confidence in the fundamentals of using pastel as a sketching medium.
  2. Have gained a practical knowledge of using coloured paper grounds, broken strokes, employing paper stumps for blending and using thin and opaque pastel layers.
  3. Have gained an ability to see and record both tone and colour.
  4. Learn and apply skills from the works of artists who employed pastel.

MATERIALS LIST

  • Faber-Castell Mini Creative Studio Mini Soft Pastels, Assorted – Cardboard Box of 48 or ideally 72.
  • Light brown paper (paper thickness 175 gsm and above); Buff paper (paper thickness 175 gsm and above); Blue grey paper (paper thickness 175 gsm and above) either in a pastel sketchbook or as 8 separate sheets. You can also cut 3 larger sheets down to an A4 size to make 8 or more sheets.
  • Paper stumps – minimum 4
  • Kneadable eraser
  • 2x bulldog clips

IMPORTANT: Please arrive to the first class with all the relevant materials. A lack of materials is not just a handicap to you but to the ability to teach. Materials cost is not included in a course fee. In the event of a course being cancelled WEA cannot be held responsible for the purchase of any course materials. We therefore suggest you purchase your materials closer to the time of the course commencing.

ART SUPPLY STOCKISTS

The following stockists below are examples of places you can buy art materials from:

  • Art on King: 199-201 King Street, Newtown. Ph: 9516 2342
  • Eckersley's Art and Craft Store: 93 York Street, Sydney. Ph: 9299 4151. Also located in various locations throughout Greater Sydney.
  • Parkers Art Supplies: 3 Cambridge Street, The Rocks. Ph: 9247 9979
  • The Art Scene: 914 Victoria Road, West Ryde. Ph: 9807 6900
  • The Sydney Art Store: 11 Salisbury Street, Botany. Ph: 9699 2162

You can also purchase materials from places such as Dymocks, Officeworks, Spotlight, Lincraft or online art suppliers such as Art Shed Online.

Dominique Millar

MA
Dominique has two Master's degrees in Italian art history and art curatorship. He was also the recipient of the prestigious Sir William Dobell Scholarship for Classical Drawing and Painting at...

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