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General Program

10.00am     Welcome and introduction. General discussion about works in the gallery and the techniques applied.  The main focus is on pastel techniques but other mediums can also be covered such as Acrylic techniques.


10.30am     Demonstration  of pastel techniques and substrates and how they apply to the subject of the day. Composing your painting and choosing your pastels to suit.

11.30am    Workshop participants apply the principles demonstrated to their own subject.

12.30pm      Lunch (tea & coffee will be supplied)

1.o0pm        Continue practical exercises

2.45pm        Group debrief

3.00pm        Program closes

Tea & coffee will be available throughout the day.

Contact Dan Villiers at any time if any questions.

147b Bevic Road

Clarence Point

(03) 6383 4970

0411 140 122




Pastel surfaces:

You can bring whatever surface you prefer to work on, Canson Mi Teintes paper, sanded papers or prepared boards.

You may wish to work on Gator foam which will require surface preparation. If necessary, Dan will show you how to prepare this. Gator foam is available from Birchalls and Philcam in Launceston.

Dan will demonstrate pastel blending techniques on Canson paper, sanded paper  or prepared boards such as cardboard, timber or Gator foam.


Bring a sufficient range of (tonal) values within the main range, blue, red, yellow, violet, orange and green.  Include, if you can some cool and warm pastels in very dark tonal values.  Use artist quality pastels. Rembrandt, Sennelier, Art Spectrum, Faber Castel, Gretacolor.

These brands are available at Birchalls, Philcam and Pearts in Launceston. Pearts offer a 10% discount to participants of our workshops.

These brands are also available with a greater selection at Artery in Hobart.

Reference  photos:

There may be a special or particular scene which you may wish to paint under the theme of the day. Bring good quality references. There will be some other subjects to paint from Dan’s photo collection if you wish.

Bring a small sketch pad and 2B pencil for sketching out a composition and tonal plan for your painting.

Paper towels

Sense of humour (mandatory)

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