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Student Artwork by Sam Green

Course Prices

Inside UK / NI


Outside UK / NI


Instalments (UK / NI Only)

£295.00 in 4 instalments at £73.75 each

Pastels Online Art Course

Tutored by Monika Cilmi BA, MA, PGCE.

The Pastels Course is a Certificate Course

The expected duration of this course is approximately 6 months although the college allows students up to two years to complete their studies. This course is suitable for all students.

When painting with pastels you use a technique whereby colours are mixed on the paper not on the palette. Overlaying and blending colours produces distinctive and very attractive paintings. This Certificate course provides a flexible and enjoyable means of developing your artistic talent through the medium of Pastels. We cover all the practical issues related to drawing and painting with pastels. There is clear advice about further avenues for study and development. This is a very good course for people interested in getting a solid introduction to the subject with plenty of opportunity for practice.

Students are able to upload their artwork to the 'The Art Room' on our website. Each student is given a unique username and password on enrolment for their own private section in The Art Room.

Students can upload their artwork for the tutor to collect and critique. The tutor will then upload feedback for the student to download. If you do not have facilities to upload your artwork, you can mail your artwork to the tutors centre and receive your artwork back with your critique. It is essential you label all packages/artwork with your student number.

Student Artwork by Saira Minhas

All our courses are written to be complete in themselves. However we realise that students may appreciate being able to get clarification about various things as they work through their programme as well wanting reassurance that they are putting techniques into practice effectively. The tutors provide the technical support to deal with relevant queries.

Most courses have their own dedicated Tutor. The tutor keeps the course up to date and relevant to today's students. They are available to the individual student for advice and encouragement. Each course has regular exercises and assignments that are constructed in such a way as to give the student the opportunity to practice the techniques learnt on the course and to test themselves as they go along. The student is encouraged to submit the assignment work to the college for the tutor to critique.

The student's work will be returned together with the tutor's personal critique. On many courses the assignment work may be suitable for inclusion in a student's Portfolio of Work that could be very useful later. The college will use the assignments submitted as the basis for any award of a letter, certificate or diploma.

Student Artwork by George Bald
Media: Equipment used Subject: Areas covered Techniques: Skills developed
  • Soft pastels or hard pastels
  • Oil pastels
  • Still life
  • Imaginative pictures
  • Abstracts
  • Application techniques
  • Composition
  • Perspective
  • Colour theory
  • Fixing

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Art by Julie Douglas

Monika's feedback was very helpful and positive.

S Badham

Just to say thank you for your lovely comments and help during the course. I enjoyed it very much and am encouraged to continue to sketch and improve.

J Cook

I would just like to say that I have really enjoyed this course and the support I received throughout.

M Hardman