I am delighted to say that I am offering a variety of tuition on zoom.
Read on for details of pastel demos, and zoom pastel demos and workshops for art groups.

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Thursday 17th February 2022
2.30pm London Time
‘Into the Blue’
This zoom demo and workshop will be hosted by Lois at the Watermill in Italy. We will be using a variety of pastel techniques to paint sky, clouds, and the light on still water. There will also be examples of how to capture other types of water.

It is suitable for beginners and more experienced students, whether you have used pastels before or not. 

You can ask questions during the demonstration, and the video will be available to watch afterwards, so that you can have a go yourself, in your own time.

To find out more information, please follow this link.
Do get in touch if you have any questions!


I will be posting here when I have details of zoom demos and workshops from my studio. However, there won’t be any new dates until at least the Autumn.

Previous pastel classes

As my zoom art classes in 2021 proved to be so popular, I have made the previous classes available as recordings. You can pay by bank transfer or by cheque to view these classes. They are zoom recordings, made during the pandemic, and will be available to view for 6 months from the date of the original class.
£10 per class, please get in touch if you would like to do so; rebeccademendonca@gmail.com

Class 1, Spot the Difference
Drawing fruit and vegetables to learn to observe and draw what is really there.
We will be using willow charcoal and pencil on cartridge paper

Class 2, Getting in Shape
Using still life objects to look at shapes and how to draw ellipses. Simplifying and then looking for the structure. How to convey 3 dimensions, and how much light and dark really matter.
We will also experiment with combining pastel pencil and a white soft pastel with charcoal, and how to use an eraser as a drawing tool.

Class 3, How does it Feel?
We will be looking at texture, weight and energy, and varying our mark-making to draw with more expression.
Is it heavy or light? Strong or fragile? Spikey or soft? We can describe not just what something looks like, but also what it feels like with our drawing techniques.
We will be using willow charcoal or pencil on cartridge paper and doing some experiments on tinted paper. We will also be combining pastel pencil and white soft pastel with charcoal, and a black and a grey hard pastel.

Class 4, Get your Boot On
From glamorous high heels to old boots, shoes are really good fun to draw. We will start by looking at the complex shapes they form, and then draw several different types.
This class will range from pencil sketches, to working bigger with charcoal, pastel pencil and a few soft and hard pastels, in black, white and grey.

Class 5, Pen and Ink with charcoal and pastels
Pen and Ink is a great medium for drawing detailed subjects, but also for capturing the beauty of lines. It combines easily with charcoal and pastel to create sketches that have detail as well as looseness and atmosphere.
In this class we will be using one or two inexpensive pens, as well as charcoal, pastel pencils and a few soft pastels.

Class 6, Portraits; structure and proportions
In this class we will be studying the proportions and structure of the head and face, to capture the likeness and mood of our subjects. Working in black and white, we will draw portraits with pencil and charcoal, and also use a mixture of Conte crayon, a white pastel and a couple of pastel pencils. We will be using cartridge paper, and also a tinted pastel paper for the last piece.

Class 7, Portraits; features and using colour
In this portrait class we will be studying features, and how they sit within the structure of the face. We will be drawing with charcoal and pastel pencils, and then use a mixture of pastel pencils OR Conte crayons and also soft pastels to create a piece in colour.

Class 8, Skies; clouds, light and atmosphere
In this class we will be studying skies, in charcoal and soft pastel. We will look at cloud formations, composition, and how to capture light and atmosphere.
You do not need to have all of the materials that I am using, and you could do a lot of the class with just charcoal or a soft graphite pastel. However, you will find it very useful to have a soft white pastel, and to use charcoal if possible rather than graphite pencil.
We will work on cartridge paper and a mid-tone grey tinted paper. It could be any pastel paper or sugar paper.

Class 9, Sketching landscapes; composition, tone and choosing colours
In this class we will be sketching landscapes, in charcoal and soft pastel. We will look at composition, and using tonal contrasts to capture light, atmosphere, and distance. We will then see how you can develop that with colour.
We will do a series of small sketches, starting with monochrome and then moving on to colour. There will also be tips on working outdoors to sketch landscapes from life.

Class 10, Sketching Water; from the river to the sea
In this class we will be sketching water, in charcoal and soft pastel. We will look at techniques and mark-making, and how to capture different types of water in the landscape. From twisting streams and rapid rivers, down to calm harbours, and waves on the beach.
We will be working in charcoal and pastel, and looking at the advantages of using a minimal palette. We will then transfer these techniques into full colour.

Demos for art groups

I am very happy to offer zoom demos or art groups. Please get in touch to discuss how I can give a demo that would suit your group. Price per demo £150 or £160 if I am hosting it.