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T2 Exploring Oil Pastels

Level: All Levels Welcome - with Narelle Higson

  • Starts 24 Apr
  • 230 Australian dollars
  • Verandah Room

Course Description

Wanting to try something different? Oil pastels are a wonderfully expressive medium. They are portable, low mess, easy to use (once you know how) and can be used on any surface. Come along, have fun and explore! Oil pastels are a wonderfully expressive medium, often overlooked in the art world. They can be used to draw or “paint” and can be used on their own or with other art materials. They are portable, easy to set up and put away, no-odour, can be used on any surface and don’t have the dust of their “soft/dry” pastel cousins. What’s not to love?! This relaxed and informative course will cover • the unique qualities of different types and brands of oil pastels and the potential uses for each • their use on different surfaces such as paper, canvas and wood • their use with other art materials such as acrylics, gouache and inks • how to preserve oil pastel artworks using fixative / varnish / cold-wax This course is equally suited to beginners and those looking to add a different tool to their creative toolbox. About the Tutor: Narelle has recently returned to her art practice following many years of doing other things, including working in health and the entertainment industry. Describing herself more as a scribbler than a painter, Narelle has embraced oil pastels which, when combined with cold wax, enable layering and scraping back to create a unique finish and texture. Narelle is drawn to capturing Australian landscapes, describing the colour, light and movement of grasses, bushland and flora. Narelle has been a finalist in a number of juried exhibitions, including the Perth Royal Art Prize for Landscape in 2022 and her works are held within private and civic collections within Australia and overseas. What to Bring: PASTELS: Any oil pastels you happen to have (please note: oil pastels are NOT dry/soft pastels – these are quite different and covered in other Tresillian courses). If purchasing, preferred brands are Mungyo Gallery Extra Soft or Neopastels both available from a variety of sources online (and for a variety of prices- shop around). PAPER: This may be any variety of paper of any thickness, including card. OTHER: • Any art materials you have which you may like to use as an “underpainting” – eg watercolour, gouache, ink, acrylic, water-soluble crayons • Wetwipes / paper towel • Masking tape or bulldog clips • Permanent marker, pencil Note: further potential useful materials and surfaces will be discussed at first class.


Upcoming Sessions


Terms and Conditions

A 20% administration fee applies to cancellations made before the beginning of the term. No refund will be given once the term has started. Participants in the term courses must be 18+ unless attending the After School or School Holiday workshops. Classes are not held on public holidays. Course start and finishing dates may vary due to public holidays and the availability of the course tutor. A full refund will only be given if a course is cancelled by the Tresillian Arts Centre. A refund will only be given if you have a medical certificate for the dates you have missed. No pro-rata payments are available for term courses or if classes are unattended by the student.


Waitlist form

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