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This is the most unique online art course I have taken. The setup is unique and the contents takes a pastel newbie from pastel and paper types through mark making and beyond. Also Sophie is there every step of the way and I think that she is the most valuable resource in the course.


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.

It really is fascinating, and so instructive, to watch a painting grow from the first few searching brushstrokes through to the final refining touches. I can't recommend it highly enough.

Thanks Sophie for the workshop. I really enjoyed it and got a lot out of it. ...and thanks to everyone; it was nice doing this together and learning from you. I hope to do this had been a helpful motivator.

Sophie, thanks for a wonderful job conducting the workshop. I liked the format and technique for portraits, it fit my level of skill and provided very good results. It gave me confidence to continue with portrait painting I may not have otherwise pursued.

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.

I am really enjoying this course. I had very little experience of working with pastels and this course has given me a direction. 

As a beginner I find that it is easy to understand and Sophie seems to be talking to you personally instead of addressing a hugh class. Being able to share and talk with others also doing the course is and excellent idea and provides us all with encouragement.

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Sophie, I could not have been happier with this workshop - Enjoyed the format with all these talented painters. This was such a great workshop. Loved feeling part of the group and also to have such wonderful tutoring for such an amazing price. I haven’t yet finished but have a bit more confidence to go forward. Thank you Sophie. Xx

I feel so much more confident with oils now, it's opened up a whole new world!

really enjoyed the workshop. great clear teaching. also enjoyed seeing how everybody's work progressed & reading feedback & encouragement from others. thank you Sophie.

Just wanted to let you know that after 5 months I've finished my course in The Pastel Place and what a fantastic time I've had !
I have learnt so much about pastels and painting in general. The course has encouraged me to try new things and go beyond my comfort zone. I feel so much more confident to take on new projects now. All thanks to Sophie for being a great teacher and encouraging me each step of the way. 
I have to add though that like anything you only get out what you put in. So if you're thinking of learning about pastels - then definitely sign up for this course but make sure you take up all It's challenges !!