Soft Pastel Courses and Tutorials

Each month we’ll have a hand picked selection of brand new and exclusive online trainings, workshops, PDF guides and live Q&A’s.

We’ll make sure there’s a range of tuition materials to suit all experience levels – from absolute pastel beginners to professional artists. There’s bound to be something for everyone every month.

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52 Lessons

Beginner’s Path

Our recommended path for beginner's, bringing together various Pastel Academy courses covering a range of topics and styles.

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69 Lessons

Intermediate Path

If you've completed the Beginner's path, the Intermediate Path is the next step with a more advanced selection of courses.

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61 Lessons

Advanced Path

If you've got a good grip on the foundational pastelling skills, this path takes you through the more advanced courses at the Pastel Academy.

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Drawing From Woodland Scenes with Caitlin Heslop

In this tutorial, Caitlin will guide you through different approaches to ‘Drawing from Woodland Scenes’.

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Winter Sunrise With Sparkles with Lucy Brangwin

This tutorial will go through step by step how I created this lake scene with added sparkles, some distant mountains…

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Still Life For Beginners with Caitlin Heslop

In this tutorial Caitlin Heslop, one of our Associate Artists, talks you through a Still Life for Beginners tutorial.

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Snow Is White, Isn’t it? with Julie Ford

Snow is such a challenging subject to paint! When we approach a subject with snow in it, we know what we are trying to achieve but as soon as we put white on the page, we lose all interest and definition. So why is this?

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Ocean Shapes and Coastal Forms with Robert Dutton

Robert Dutton shows how to develop a more abstract direction to pastel painting as he explores the inspiring wild and…

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Made For The Mountains with Robert Dutton

Exploring white, grey and black Unison Colours and contrasting colours palettes, Associate Artist Robert Dutton explains why Unison Colour pastels…

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12 Lessons

Braiding Light with Tracey Maras

The sky is blue and clouds are fluffy balls of cotton.  This notion follows us from our childhood and unfortunately,…

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2 Lessons

Winter Reflections with Lucy Brangwin

This is a warm wintery scene which uses a little finger blending but involves more pastel on top of pastel…

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Drawing From Still Life with Caitlin Heslop

In this tutorial Associate Artist, Caitlin Heslop, will talk you through how to draw from a still life set up.

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Create A Semi Abstract Artwork Using Unison Colour Soft Pastels, with Alison Berrett

Learn to use Unison Colour pastels with water and gain confidence in working quickly and spontaneously from a sketch or colour study of your own or a photo.

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Let Your Creativity Flow! with Robert Dutton

Robert Dutton shows you how to create shimmering, sparkling and flowing waters with unique expressive and atmospheric effects with Unison Colour pastels and mixed media in exciting combinations.

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12 Lessons

Winter Homestead with Tracey Maras

Painting a Twilight Snow Scene on Textured Ground.

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Collie with Su Melville

Paint a Collie Dog with Su Melville.

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Bold And Playful Still Life with Amy Shuckburgh

How to do a still life in a loose, energetic, vivid style.

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7 Lessons

Red Sky At Night Workshop with Sandra Orme

Join Sandra for a dramatic pastel sky workshop exploring a wonderfully vibrant evening sunset. 

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Late evening sky in soft pastel.
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5 Day Pastel Challenge: Explore An Evocative Evening Sky with Sandra Orme

This 5 day pastel challenge, with award winning pastel artist Sandra Orme, will take you through creating beautiful clouds in an evening sky using Unison Colour Pastels ‘Sky’ set on Pastel Mat paper.

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How To Compose And Paint A Successful Triptych with Lucy Brangwin

This lesson will explain and show the basics in painting a triptych and sizing up your art to a large scale.

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Jellyfish with Meral Altilar

Paint a beautiful vibrant Jellyfish with Meral.

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Sgraffito Course with Cathy Pearce
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Sgraffito with Cathy Pearce

Cathy shows you a particular way of scratching the surface of Clairefontaine Pastelmat with a wooden golf tee or mini barbecue stick before laying down pastel.

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13 Lessons

Showing Pastels in a Commercial Gallery: Notes from the Inside with Rhonda Abrams

Rhonda shares her experience of having an art show in a commercial gallery.

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Drawing From Nature with Caitlin Heslop

In this tutorial, Caitlin will guide you through different approaches to ‘Drawing from Nature – including quick preliminary sketches done from a vase of flowers.

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