Pastel Portrait workshops:

{ For examples of portraits of dignitaries view: }

These workshops are or all abilities. We work from life and photographs. I demonstrate a technique step by step throughout, as each of you creates your own portrait:

  • How to STRUCTURE a portrait is the essence of my teaching and the secret to a good likeness.
  • How to create FORM with light and shade.
  • How to use COLOUR in a portrait.

This technique will empower you in many ways and works equally well with landscapes, still life – all subjects.

I am happy to send my recommended list of soft pastels. To begin, it is fine to work with what you have and add to your palette as you wish.

Making a portrait is an endlessly fascinating adventure and soft pastels are a rich and accessible medium with which to be equipped.

Here is what my students have to say about attending my workshops:

“My tutor helps me see the face as a landscape, observing the fall of light and shade, examining the form and contours and looking at tonality. I find this approach helps me ultimately in catching a good likeness.

We interact with the sitters in a relaxed informal way.and while the workshops can be intense experiences, they are always  rewarding and enjoyable.”



  •  for the discipline – the routine of work – to stop me procrastinating at home;
  • live models – the privilege of being allowed to stare long and hard at another’s face;
  • our tutor’s warm and encouraging personality – her expert eye on my work;
  • formal tuition but, additionally, those throwaway hints and tips not found in books…



I run weekly workshops in Woburn, Bedfordshire, to which you are very welcome. Mostly, we work from life.

I will also travel to your group. I’d love to hear from you if you would like a demonstration for your society or would  like a tutorial.