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Pastels for Absolute Beginners

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Start date: 14th Sep 2022

Time: 12:00 - 14:30

Cost: £83

Day: Wednesday

Duration: 6 weeks

Tutor: Richard Squire

Course code: 22AU014

This course aims to introduce pupils to Pastels and other related materials and techniques in a supportive and informative way.

Skills will be demonstrated and time will be given to explore and develop these skills while building confidence in using these materials.

This hands on course aims to teach the skills involved in using watercolours at beginner level.

● learn about the range of Pastels plus related drawing materials and equipment
● experience using different papers when working with these materials.
● learn how to blend and mix each media effectively
● explore a range of applications
● explore a range of techniques
● explore manipulating colours, tones and textures
● use mixed media approaches
● learn how to create light and dark tones
● learn how to layer one's work effectively

All materials will be provided but you may wish to bring along some of your own favourite materials to try out.


Richard Squire

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Richard Squire

Richard Squire

A wartime baby born in Halifax, failed my 11 plus but passed every subsequent exam. Had to prove my abilities. I still trying to.
I’m a retired Art College graduate. An ex High School Art teacher who’s lived in Harrogate for some many years.

My training covered many areas from; academic, classical style drawing and painting across a range of mediums; to casting, pottery, print-making including lino, etching & lithography plus lots more things for eight brilliant years.

I’ve taught Art to people of all ages and experience for 56 years.
I love to work with anyone wishing to develop their Artistic selves whatever their age, experience or ability.
We’ve all got Artistic potential. Art is in me and makes my life complete.

In a mid-life career change I trained to teach the Deaf; another visual world. For many years I fought with Deaf and Hearing people for the rights of Deaf children to access their education via Sign Language and Interpreters. A fight that is still going on.

In retirement I was a volunteer worker at Henshaws Arts and Crafts, Knaresborough for 15 years until I had to care for my handicapped wife. I’ve also run local Art Clubs and Groups for around 20 years.

That’s about it so far, I think.
I’d love to see you and to help your Artistic self forward

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