Working With Pastel - Fiona Carvell

Working with Pastel......

6th September 2021

4 nights residential art workshop holiday

3 days tutorial with Fiona Carvell

Course Details  

This pastel workshop is designed to provide both instruction and demonstration whilst also encouraging personal exploration and creative freedom. Taking inspiration from the stunning coastline around Springhill Farm, you will create your own pastel landscapes and seascapes with Unison Colour soft pastels, which are handmade in Northumberland. Suitable for all levels of experience, this course incorporates wet and dry pastel techniques with brushwork as well as traditional pastel application.  

Class Schedule - The workshop

Day 1 

You will spent the morning on The Bothy studio with Fiona as she gives an introduction talk and demonstration of pastel techniques and surfaces before walking down to the beach, for sketching and photographs.

A break for lunch will be followed by discussion and the development of sketches with exploration of pastel techniques in the studio.

Day 2 & 3

The morning will be spent sketching and taking photos at second location, followed by lunch.

The afternoon demonstration will be in using wet & dry techniques in studio followed by development work and 1-1 guidance from Fiona. 

Personal exploration of various techniques and compositions explored in days 1 & 2 will then be developed into realising larger scale and/or detailed works. 

Each Individual will have their own flexible work plan - working outside or in studio as appropriate.

Cumulating in a final, informal group discussion and reflection of work produced over the week.

This workshop includes

Sheets of drawing paper for studies and various pastel papers

1 set of Unison Colour ‘Fiona Carvell 18’ handmade soft pastels

2 x Pastel pencils

Paper towels and wipes for clean up

The use of easels, brushes, drawing boards and additional pastels for the duration of the workshop.

Student supply list (more details will be provided upon registration)

Weather appropriate clothing and footwear!

Camera or phone camera

Hardback sketchbook - recommended size 8 x 11 or 12 inches

Graphite/lead pencils in various densities eg. 4b, 6b, 8b

 Erasers – pencil eraser and putty/kneadable eraser

Lightweight portable seat/stool for working outside

A hairdryer 

Acommodation - 5* Self Catering in The Bothy & The Hemmell

During your stay you will be in a private en-suite bedroom located within either The Bothy or The Hemmell. You will be welcomed on arrival with a two course home cooked evening meal. Each afternoon you will have a choice of cake and biscuits, coffee and tea. Following on for this the course is based on self catering where you will have full use of the kitchen facilities within the accommodation.


4 nights / 3 day Course

£675 Painter

Of course, non painter i.e. partner, friends or family members are welcome to join you during your experience with us. During their stay we would be happy for them to come join us for tea and cake on arrival 

£275 Non Painter

We take a £150 per person non refundable deposit when you book a art holiday and the final balance is due 6 weeks prior to you stay. Please see our terms and conditions for cancellation policies.

The Artist

Fiona Graduated with a BA (Hons) in Illustration and Moving Image design from 
Suffolk College and the University of East London
which lead to both Illustration commissions and a career in broadcasting. 
She trained at the BBC before moving to SKY television in London as a Graphic Designer and Art Director 
for several different television channels. 
Fiona returned to her native North East in 2002 to take up a teaching post, specialising in Graphic Design and Drawing. 
Community art classes in Drawing and Pastel began in 2013, 
which Fiona now combines with her own Creative Practice, specialising in soft pastel work. 
Her fascination with capturing or depicting movement remains a thread in her pastel work 
which is often a personal response to physical and emotional aspects of being outside in the landscape. 

Colour, structure, texture and light remain constant themes within a variety of subject matters
in which weather, temperature and a sense of space often feature.
Fiona’s work has been exhibited at galleries and venues across the North East, Scotland, Yorkshire 
and Lancashire for the past few years and she now has her own range of limited edition giclee prints.

“I love the flexibility of working with pastel. 
There are so many different ways of applying and working with this fabulous medium 
that provides opportunities for both drawing and pastel painting. 
I find the immediacy of application and richness of colour exciting. I am constantly learning and exploring.”

Fiona has been working with Northumberland based Unison Colour 
as one of their Associate Artists. Now a recognised pastel specialist, 
Fiona has a varied programme of Workshops and regular classes which run alongside her Creative Practice. 

Working with Pastel - Fiona Carvell
Working with Pastel - Fiona Carvell
Working with Pastel - Fiona Carvell
Working With Pastel
Fiona Carvell
06/09/2021 - 4 nights
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