Pastels Online Art Course (C8)

Tutored by Monika Cilmi BA, MA, PGCE.

The Pastels Course is a Certificate Course

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.

Student Artwork by Elana Peres

Student Artwork (details) by Elana Peres

Course Prices

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Critiques online or via Regular Mail

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

Tutor Support

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

Duration and Experience

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.

Course Content

The following is an overview of some of the areas that are covered in the course.

Media: Equipment used

Subject: Areas covered

Techniques: Skills developed

Soft pastels or hard pastels
Oil pastels

Still life
Imaginative pictures

Application techniques

Colour theory

Samples pages from this course

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Sample Images from the course

Below are a few images from the course itself illustrated by tutor and artist Julie Douglas.

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Testimonials from Students

Thank you so much for your comments of my work over the course of the assignments. I found them really valuable - positive while pointing out where I need to improve. I found the course taxing but feel that with your help that I have made a definite improvement with my work. To be awarded a distinction was a real surprise and an absolute thrill - thank you. As I retired special needs teacher myself I recognise in you a born teacher - you have a real gift of being able to hit just the right balance in your comments and helpful advice which point out where improvements can be made yet are not discouraging. Very few teachers can actually do this satisfactorily though they all think they can!! I had a look at your blogspot as you suggested and found it very inspirational. Thank you again for your imput as my tutor. Kind Regards.

Monica Phillips

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