The New Pastel School 2018

with Rebecca de Mendonca & Nel Whatmore, at Shorland Old Farm

22 – 26 March and 15 – 19 July 2018

All Rebecca and Nel’s courses are run with the aim of encouraging a friendly atmosphere, supportive to everyone whatever level they may be at, so please don’t worry whether you will be good enough to come on the course!  There is always a range of abilities, from those who have never picked up a pastel to those who have been on several courses.

All meals are provided, from your arrival on Thursday afternoon (after 4pm), to Monday morning breakfast.  Tuition in the studio is from 10am to 4pm each day Fri/Sat/Sun.

For further information about either course, contact Rebecca or Nel at the New Pastel School.


Painting & drawing masterclass with Peter Cronin

20 – 24 May 2019peter cronin house watercolour

About the course

For artists of all abilities, this is an opportunity to spend three days improving your painting, drawing and compositional skills with Royal Society Of Marine Artists’ member, Peter Cronin.

All aspects of picture making will be dealt with and the objectives of the course will be to:

  • Contemplate and critique current work (please bring examples of existing work)
  • Identify areas of weakness and suggest routes to progress
  • Produce new work of superior quality and expression.

We shall be working mainly in watercolour, pencil, and occasionally oil, but participants may use other media if they wish.

The intention is to work outdoors, as the weather permits, using pencil, pen and wash, and watercolour.

Tutor Peter Cronin R.S.M.A

Peter Cronin Lock watercolourPeter has been teaching the craft of watercolour and drawing for some years now. A self-taught artist, he believes this has benefited his ability as a tutor.

As an elected member of  The Royal Society of Marine artists, the Royal watercolour Society of Wales and the Pure Watercolour Society, students can be assured of his credibility in his chosen painting medium.

Peter believes in ‘actively’ teaching.  His classes are full of critiques and advice. He will demonstrate freely to explain a given method or technique but believes this information is there for students to accept or disregard according to their own tastes and development.

He has developed his own unique teaching style and methods to ensure classes are entertaining, yet serious in their pursuit of artistic progress for the student.

The course runs from 4pm on Monday 20 May to 10am on Friday 24 May and includes three days’ tuition and four nights’ accommodation.

Holiday costs: £450 sharing, £490 single

For more information, or to book this break, contact Peter Cronin directly: