Workshop Florals in Pastel

A 5 Day Online Workshop

13-17 April 2020 Ended.

This Workshop is currently not scheduled

Included in membership to Sophie's Art School

5 Days, 5 Steps, 5 Video Lessons 

Paint Along, Get Daily Feedback and A Private Community 

A 5-Day online painting course with daily video lessons and personal support in a supportive class environment

Included in Membership to Sophie’s Art School



Every morning I will share a short video (around 15 mins) showing the progress of my painting. You can then follow along and receive daily constructive feedback on your work in a friendly and supportive class.

(Sunday: welcome, reference photos)
Monday: Setup and underpainting
Tuesday: Colour Block-in
Wednesday: Refining of big shapes
Thursday: ​Building up background
Friday: Finish



You can work with any soft or hard pastels that you have. Pastel pencils are welcome too. Make sure you have a good sanded pastel paper to work on. Good quality sanded papers will be able to take many layers of pastel and allow for the fixing of mistakes. We will be working in layers so a good tooth is vital. Suggested papers: Sennelier LaCarte, Art Spectrum Colourfix, Pastelmat, Uart, Canson Mi-Teintes Touch, etc. 

Reference Photos

If at all possible work from life. Get some flowers from your garden. If this is not possible then work from your own photos, but I will provide some reference photos for you to work from, including the one I am working from (so you can paint along if you like). 

Odilon Redon



Is it live?

The videos are pre-recorded so you don’t have to be online every morning to watch them. They are usually published around 8am (GMT). You can watch and re-watch the lessons at any time during the workshop. 


The workshop private community  wil be active from Monday to Friday. After that the community will stay open for one week when it will be removed.  Support will end then too. 

After the workshop ends you can watch the video lessons at any time in the Workshop Archive. 

Join Today

This workshops is included in membership to Sophie's Art School. As a member you get access to not only this workshop, but all monthly workshops, courses, personal support and more. Cancelling takes just 2 clicks, so you could even join for just this workshop (but I bet you'll want to stay!). More info on membership can be found here.

I will be painting these flowers but you are welcome to set up your own floral still life!


Have fun

It’s not about existing skills, it’s about the joy of learning together! So ‘how good’ you are is totally not important.

How does a Workshop differ from a course?

A course has a curriculum and pre-made lessons. A workshop does not have a curriculum and is mostly about doing something together, at the same time, under the (hopefully) helpful guidance of me and your fellow students. It is great to see everyone’s progress pictures without feeling embarrassed about yours. Together we’ll get there!


Comments Received on Past Workshops

"I thought it was fabulous ! The relaxed feel to the videos and the community exchange. It was very valuable to get daily feedback and encouragement as the week progressed. Knowing that I would post my work at the end of each day made me try that bit harder. Great to watch Sophie do her painting, develop my skills and pick up some tips. The anticipation of awaiting the next day's video post was fun!"

"I felt really part of something that was helping someone (you) and mutually supportive with others, and at the same time develop new skills and confidence. I did not need to leave the house, park the car, get over group angst, I could do things like shopping/mow the lawn/as useful breaks. A week long residential art treat in my own home. Feeling enthused to keep up painting at home now."

"I enjoyed it very much. My first experience with pastels in a "real" project and the workshop provided a lot of great information (use of, variations of, purpose of different varieties, mediums, etc) that was invaluable."

Yes it was great. Liked the daily build up approach with clear instructions and the video was cool ! Good demo and could go back and watch again if need be. So good to get feedback from you at each stage. Nice to see others' progress and exchange comments."

"Loved this workshop! I liked that it was short and very focused and I could see results quickly. Your daily videos were just the right length to give good guidance and not overly long. Your comments on our posts during the week were helpful and very encouraging. They offered specific suggestions for improvement which I appreciated."

"Yes, I enjoyed the workshop immensely. Your instruction is very clear, your feedback is helpful and you answer all our questions patiently. It was nice to go through all the different stages together."

"The workshop was great. The videos were nice and short but helpful and gave a useful amount of work. It was easy to tell when to stop and wait for the next stage. Lots of people shared their work and commented which made it seem like a group project."

Absolutely loved it. I enjoy working with others and this felt like we were doing it together as a group as much as one can "virtually." But most of all I enjoy learning from someone who obviously has a great deal of knowledge and is a gentle, kind soul."