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Expressive Drawing with Colour

Tutor: Kittie Jones

Equivalent to 1 day studio time

Fee: £40

Course code: KF EDC #2

Course introduction and information:

Expressive Drawing with Colour intro

Expressive Drawing with Colour intro

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This course is the equivalent of one day’s work - each of the four sessions should take approximately one hour and twenty minutes to complete.

 "When you go out to paint, try to forget what objects you have in front of you, a tree, a field...merely think, here is a little square of blue, here an oblong of pink, here a streak of yellow, and paint it just as it looks to you, the exact colour and shape, until it gives your own naïve impression of the scene." Monet

This course will ask you to take a limited set of soft pastels and explore how to create colourful drawings working from a simple, changing still life set up.


A couple of bright, interesting objects and some papers or fabric to sit them on are all you will need to start working with colour and form in exciting ways.

Small scale drawings will allow you to create intense colour relationships and start to explore mixing colour across a surface to achieve shimmering pastel drawings. During the course we will:

● consider making an under drawing using charcoal in order to understand the tone separately from the colour

● look at the way vegetable oil can create a very different surface and effect for soft pastel work

● use water and a brush with soft pastels to create drawings that explore the relationship between the painted mark and the drawn mark.

You can easily achieve this at the kitchen table, or if you have a larger space you can take the ideas on to make bigger drawings – I look forward to seeing the results!

I would advise using a heavy weight cartridge paper (220 - 300 gsm), this is particularly important for session three where you will be using water with the pastels.

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Materials / Equipment required


For this course you will need:


A sketchbook – any size

A ballpoint pen

B/2B/4B pencil (just one of any of these will do)

Coloured drawing pencils


Paint brushes

Water pot


Minimum of 3 sheets of A4 cartridge or other drawing paper

Hairspray or fixative

Soft pastels in the following colours – white, cool and warm versions of the three primary colours (or as close as you can get)

Vegetable oil

Willow charcoal

What you get on this course:


Learn how to work 3 ways with soft pastels


Introduction video

Step by step session worksheets


Video demonstrations for each stage


Materials list


Suitable for all abilities 


Course can be adapted for use in a limited space or studio


Offers small and large scale working practices


Designated Facebook group for group community feedback

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