Learn to Pastel WEA Sydney

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Chalk pastels are both a drawing and painterly medium with a broad range of applications. Learn tips, techniques as well as what not to do in this stimulating course for beginners and those with some knowledge. We'll study the work of both contemporary and past pastel artists to inspire you in gaining confidence with your own pastel method.


  • Face-to-Face


  • Introduction to chalk pastel materials and surfaces
  • Introduction to the history of pastels including the work of famous pastel artists and their techniques
  • Weekly subjects will cover composition, tonal studies, broken colour, blending, charcoal&pastel, dry wash, colour contrast, coloured grounds and other techniques unique to chalk pastel
  • Subjects include still life, landscape, the environment, animals and portraits.
  • Students are encouraged to learn at their own pace with an emphasis on creatiivity.Click here to enter text.


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

  1. Be taught a variety of techniques for working with chalk pastels.
  2. Gain confidence with this unique drawing and painterly medium which includes a variety of pastel materials and surfaces.
  3. Be encouraged to further explore your preferred pastel technique.


  • 2x Mi-Teintes or Art Spectrum 340gsm 230x300 BLACK textured paper
  • 2x Mi-Teintes or Art Spectrum 340gsm 230x300 any colours you prefer tex paper
  • 1x stick willow charcoal or charcoal pencil
  • wet ones for cleaning hands or a soft wet cloth
  • Pastels: Either bring what you have or buy a set of Sennelier or Schminke or Rembrandt or Art Spectrum or Winsor&Newton etc. Alternatively we will discuss what to buy on the first day of the course. There are many wonderful pastel sets to choose from and you can always add more variety to your collection.

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.


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: 02 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.

Cilla Campbell

Cilla Campbell studied art at Julian Ashton Art School and then the National Art School. You can visit her website at www.cillacampbell.com

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