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Date: 21st Oct – 24th Oct 2019
Medium: Soft Pastels
Participants: maximum 8
Course level: The course is suitable for all levels (please be aware that a basic competence in drawing techniques is a distinct advantage).

Dave West is a full time artist and art tutor originally from South Wales and now living in North County Dublin. He studied Illustration at the Carmarthenshire College of Art & Design and more recently gained a degree in Art History.

Dave’s practice comfortably crosses several art forms and he is equally at home working in pencil, charcoal, pastel and oil paint.

Dave is passionate about ‘plein air’ painting which involves working (in all weathers) directly from the subject. In 2017 he won the Gold Mayoral Award at the ‘Art in the Open’ international plein air painting festival.

He has had numerous solo exhibitions and exhibited widely in Group Shows including the Royal Hibernian Academy and Royal Ulster Academy, and in the UK with the Royal West of England Academy, Royal Society of Oil Painters, Royal Society of Marine Artists, The New English Art Club, The Royal Society of British Artists, and the UK Pastel Society, at which he won the 2013 Schminke Award.

Course Concept

This 4-day course will guide participants in exploring the landscape of the local area through the vibrant and expressive medium of soft pastel.
Our time will be divided between tuition in specific areas such as Pastel drawing techniques, colour mixing and layering, composition and the theory and aspects of Landscape Art as a genre.
Additionally we will be spending brief periods outdoors taking notes, small sketches and photographs to bring back to the studio where Dave will work closely with students on a one-to-one basis in developing their own finished pastel drawings.
Dave’s unique approach to pastel drawing is characterised by strong mark-making, limited blending and as much as possible preserving the intense colour of pastel pigments.

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