Exploring Charcoal and Soft Pastels

Weekend Residential Drawing Course Exploring Charcoal and Soft Pastels with Sula Rubens

A weekend residential course on using charcoal and soft pastels in a 3-star hotel in Ipswich, Suffolk

Tutor: Sula Rubens
Dates: Friday, 19 May – Sunday, 21 May 2017
Venue: Holiday Inn, Copdock, Ipswich

Course Content

Whether you would like to develop your skills in drawing with charcoal, or venture into the world of using soft pastels to create your original art works, here is the ideal weekend course for you. It is for beginners and improvers and will cover basic skills along with short talks and demonstrations. There will be plenty of opportunities for you to put all these ideas into practice, and benefit from individual tuition.

Charcoal allows you to draw and adjust your drawing at the speed you perceive the world around you. This course is designed for those wishing to learn the skills and explore the exciting medium of charcoal – both as a means of deciphering an unfamiliar subject and as a way of making sketches.

And if you have always wanted to draw and paint, but are not sure where to begin, or if you have started with pastels and want to go further, this is the course for you. Discover the charm and freshness of pastels, their purity of colour and their immediate response when applied to paper. Explore and enjoy the fascinating medium of pastels, while you learn how to blend colours on the paper, and unearth the inherent qualities when pastels are applied to both painting and drawing.

Sula Rubens trained at St. Martin’s School of Art. She has often travelled to paint, visiting Greece, Turkey, the Spanish Pyrenees and Ireland. She has lived, painted and exhibited in France, Amsterdam and Gdansk in Poland. Her work is represented in public and private collections in this country and abroad. Now based in Suffolk, she continues painting and exhibiting her work, as well as tutoring adult courses.

Course fees: £355

Course fees are £355 for an en suite room to include accommodation and the usual 3-star hotel services you expect from a Holiday Inn, all meals and refreshments, tuition and use of workroom. And you can relax with free use of the hotel’s Spirit Health Club complete with indoor pool, spa, sauna and Jacuzzi along with a well equipped gym. Your course starts with supper on Friday evening and a short introductory session, and runs through Saturday and Sunday to afternoon refreshments. You can arrive from 3 pm on the Friday afternoon and enjoy a few hours pampering yourself before your course begins.

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Why Our Customers Love Our Courses

Textile artist Annette’s beautiful work contributed to my decision to learn more about patchwork and quilting.   Liza from Anglia Leisure Learning made sure everything ran smoothly – thank you Liza and Annette (Morgan the tutor);  it was a wonderful weekend.

Susan Rhodes

Most useful to learn new techniques, have good company and meet like-minded people; an inspiring stimulating and enjoyable weekend.

Jenny Macleod

I really enjoyed the course and you did and excellent job organising it. The highlight was falling in love with sewing again, after a five year gap. Thank you!

Heather McInroy

I have attended two courses in the last six months. Excellent tutors and excellent venues.  I’ve learnt so many new quilting techniques.  Can’t wait until the next one.

Yvonne Gill

Just home from an amazing residential course with the talented Cas Holmes. Everything was so easy, from booking, the meet and greet, information packs and support whilst away. The hotel was perfect and Liza Jones did a brilliant job keeping everything running smoothly. I am already researching my next course.

Samantha Hope

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