Class Description

Students will paint Plein Air (outdoor painting) with soft pastels.

Learning Outcomes:

  • How to prepare matboard for soft pastel painting
  • Set-up for working outdoors
  • Techniques of working with pastels
  • How to compose a painting when working outdoors
  • Observations of light and shadow

Session 1 will comprise of an introduction to materials, prepping paper, looking at composition and creating texture plus a demo and paint along. The following 2 sessions will consist of in class demos and paint alongs. The final session will be a plein air demo and paint along.

Suitable for:  Beginners and beyond

Materials: All pastels, paper and other necessary equipment for creating your art will be provided.

Students will need to bring the following:

  • Easel and drawing board suitable for working outdoors
  • Spray Bottle
  • Apron
  • Towel for wiping hands
  • Hat/sunscreen/clothing for sun protection
  • Chair (optional)



I am an artist with a passion for pastels; the pure intensity of colour and softness of pastels is mesmerising and reflects the vibrant light of Australia. 

I have been included in several juried exhibitions featuring my photo-realistic large scale floral native paintings. I also enjoy creating impressionistic still lives or working en Plein air creating seascapes, landscapes and cityscapes.

 My work reflects design elements in my composition and the colours I use, and is naturally influenced by my varied life experiences. 

I love plein air painting as working in the fresh air inspires me and opens my eyes to the colours around me. I am consumed by the colours in shadows, and working outdoors reveals more than any photograph.


Sarah Pondevie

Course details

Wednesday 9.30am - 12.30pm
3-24 August


  • Member $198 incl. GST
  • Non-Member: $225 incl. GST

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