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.



Walking, writing and drawing the Land: Body as Sensing Organ

20 – 24 April 2018

A course for those who enjoy responding with words and drawings to wild places

Walking quietly on Exmoor we will invite the spirit of place to inspire and illuminate our creative consciousnesses. We will use a range of drawing and writing techniques to enable us to ‘tune into’ the lives of plants and trees, and to reflect their life force in our work and in ourselves. We will look at Chinese wilderness poetry to help guide us, and reflect upon the role of the hermit’s cell in spiritual practice and creativity. We will also gather materials to incorporate into drawings and writing, and there will be time for quiet repose and tuning in at a deep level.

Previous course, Iona

This residential course will include an illustrated talk by Kate on her work and methods and plenty of individual attention.

Kate’s work has been shown in many national exhibitions including the Jerwood Drawing Prize, Discerning Eye, and the Royal Academy in London. She has had solo exhibitions at Newlyn Art Gallery, Dean Clough, and Millennium. She has been artist-in-residence on Iona, Shetland, Venice, London and Dorset. She has over thirty years teaching experience which gives her practice an intensity, and a lightness of touch.

The course is all-inclusive. Please bring all-weather gear, sketch books, walking poles, walking boots etc.

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