Together, Nel and Rebecca have created The New Pastel School after years of friendship and mutual respect for each other’s work. The courses offer the unusual experience of having these two experienced pastel artists sharing the tuition, and combining their expertise and great enthusiasm for this versatile and exciting medium. As tutors and demonstrators they help people to see that there are always different ways to work, even when working with the same pastels.
As well as teaching skills and processes, they inspire students with demonstrations, and encourage everyone to find their own way of working and developing skills. Courses are available for all abilities. Subject matter varies, as between them Rebecca and Nel have 50 years of experience painting people, animals, flowers, landscapes, still life and abstracts. They feel that whatever the subject, its life, emotion and energy can be captured with pastels.
‘Thanks for all your help, inspiration and dedication -it was a magical week’, Kay 2018