Workshop Landscape in Pastel

A 5 Day Online Workshop

11-15 May 2020

This Workshop is currently not scheduled

Included in membership to Sophie's Art School

Let's Bring the Outside In!

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 go and work on your own painting, following the steps I demonstrated in the video lesson. If you post your work every day in our private community, you’ll get personal feedback and encouragement and the joy of working in a friendly and supportive class.

Sunday: welcome, reference photos
Monday: Setup and underpainting
Tuesday: Refine your block-in
Wednesday: Work shape into form
Thursday: Explore your vision
Friday: Finish



You can work with any soft 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 (do not take it outside as it cannot get wet!), Art Spectrum Colourfix, Pastelmat, Uart, Canson Mi-Teintes Touch, etc. 

Reference Photos

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). Better still, use your own reference photos to create a work of art that is truly yours.

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 Community Studio wil be active from Monday to Friday. After that the group will stay open for one week and it will be removed on 22 May 2020.  Support will end then too. 

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


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!

River Marne at Chartère, 1904. Léon Augustin
left: Monet, Three Cows in a Pasture, pastel


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."

"I love how Sophie teaches. I am able to grow as an artist from her workshops even though I am in a different country. I love the supportive feedback from her and from my classmates. I have grown as an artist. Sophie breaks the subject down into easy steps in the videos but the one on one feedback is extremely helpful."

"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."

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