Learn to use: oil pastels

Course Dates: 22/09/19
Time: 10:00 - 17:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Hilary Rosen

Explore the versatility and rich colours of this beautiful drawing and painting medium. Through practical exercises, discover its potential to create oil-like surface effects and its suitability for sketching and outdoor colour work.


What is the course about?

This course will introduce you to drawing with oil pastels. You will explore a variety of different techniques giving you an insight into the possibilities for making oil pastel drawings and sketches. Working from observation to produce a simple oil pastel composition.

What will we cover?

- Experimenting with a variety of mark making methods
- Mixing colours using different blending techniques
- Using oil pastel in conjunction with other media
- Information about choosing suitable supports for oil pastels.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

Use a variety of mark making techniques
Demonstrate how to use colour mixing effectively
Select suitable subject matter and supports for oil-pastel projects
Start to draw in oil pastels from observation
Use oil pastel in conjunction with other drawing and painting media.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

This taster course is suitable for beginners and those wanting to explore and develop their oil pastel skills.

You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions, demonstrations, hand-outs and health and safety information, and will be invited to take part in group discussion.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

You will be taught through practical exercises, some demonstrations, brief individual tutoring and some group discussion.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

All drawing materials are provided, however if you have your own oil pastels please do bring them along.

If you would like to buy art materials for your personal use outside of the course, Build students receive 10% discount off everything* from Cass Art, the UK's leading art supplies retailer. Your tutor will advise you on what you should buy. You will need to show your enrolment receipt in-store to receive your discount. Visit the Charing Cross shop at 13 Charing Cross Road WC2H 0EP or find your local shop at www.cassart.co.uk. *Terms and conditions apply, visit www.cassart.co.uk/students.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

VH476 Mixed media drawing and collage
VH400 Start drawing
VH407 Drawing 1
VM501 Drawing into painting
VH743 Drawing: focus on tone
VH660 Draw, paint print.

General information and advice on courses at Build is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details

Tutor Biographies
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Book your place

Course Code: VM016

Please choose a course date 

Sun, day, 22 Sep - 22 Sep '19

Duration: 1 session

Full fee: £79.00
Senior fee: £79.00
Concession: £79.00

Or call to enrol: 222-66-889-99

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Any questions? [email protected]
or call 020 7492 2700/2703

Please note: we offer a wide variety of financial support to make courses affordable. For more information visit our online . You can also visit the Information, Advice and Guidance drop-in service, open from 12 – 6.45, Monday to Friday.

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