NatureArt Lab

Studio Workshop: INTRODUCTION TO THE PASTEL LANDSCAPE: 4 - 5 June 2022 (Beginner)

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Learn the art of landscape pastel painting with award-winning pastel artist Amanda McLean. 

About the workshop:

Our tutor Amanda McLean will provide a detailed introduction to the use of pastels and all materials required to successfully master the art of pastel painting. You will learn how to use colours effectively, select papers and develop a range of techniques and composition skills. This course will also explore field study techniques which form of the basis of observation and initial designs for your pastel paintings. In addition you will learn about creating photography references for landscape painting. Complete several pastel paintings during this workshop, and create a set of reference samples for your pastel skills. 

Dates: 4 - 5 June 2022

Days: Saturday and Sunday: 9.30am - 4.30pm

Venues: NatureArt Lab, M16 Artspace, 21 Blaxland Crescent, Griffith

(Students are requested to bring their own drinks/lunch/snacks.  There is a cafe within a short walk of the studio)

Learning Outcomes: 

  • Knowledge of materials and equipment used for field studies
  • Learning the steps from concept to finished pastel painting
  • A deeper understanding of the Pastel medium; using colour effectively; choice of paper and how to get the most out of it; using underpainting techniques and prepared paper and board to give unique textures or the illusion of it; composition
  • Tips on Photographing subjects
  • Gain an understanding of how to approach and develop field studies and observations to a completed pastel work

Materials:  a detailed list of materials will be provided upon booking.

Experience/prerequisites: Suitable for beginner students to pastel. 

About the tutor: 

Amanda McLean is an established Artist, based in Murrumbateman NSW.  She creates beautiful landscape works in Pastel and is hailed for her sensitive interpretations of both Clouds and Water.  She has a passion for recording her travels, inspirations and observations in Journals and Sketchbooks.

Amanda has written extensively for National and International Art Publications about her technique and art practice.  She teaches workshops around the country and loves to inspire others with her passion for the Natural World.  Amanda has appeared on an episode of 'Colour your life' where she talks about her art practice and methods.

Amanda is a very experienced Tutor, her style is both inspiring, informative and fun.  She is generous with her knowledge of materials and techniques and calls upon vast experience of painting, sketching and visiting interesting places.

Amanda has worked closely with Art Spectrum, an Australian Art Materials Company, to create special Pastel and paper colours that are marketed worldwide.


Pastels created by Amanda McLean


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