Drawing with Pastels

Course Overview

Dive into the world of vibrant colors and soft textures with Drawing with Pastels, where you will learn to produce pictures with rich colours and soft textures with pastels!

Soft chalk pastels are a versatile medium for both bold and delicate styles of art. Their brilliant colours glow on the textured, coloured papers used by pastel artists.

Pastels can be used to draw in a linear way with the point or on the side like a brush for areas of colour, blending and glazing, without the need to mix with paint. Their forgiving nature makes them easy to rework. Being able to get quick results makes pastels very satisfying and great fun to use.

You will learn a variety of pastel techniques, understand composition and perspective as well as the logic of colour and tone.

This course is suitable for beginners as well as those with some experience of drawing. Join us today and master the unique artistry of drawing with pastels!

Macquarie Community College operates from a range of venues across Northern and Western Sydney. We have campuses in Blacktown, Carlingford, Chatswood, Epping, Mt Druitt, Richmond, and Ryde. Enrol now!

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What you will learn

Course outline

This Drawing with Pastels course is hands-on and interactive. Tutor demonstrations and step by step guidance for students as you work on set projects. Homework will be given each lesson.

In this course we will cover:

  • Setting up your workspace
  • Materials & equipment
  • Pastel Techniques
  • The logic of colour and tone
  • Composition
  • Perspective
  • A variety of subjects

Course outcome

At the end of the course you will be able to:

  • Choose suitable pastels & papers
  • Prepare your workspace
  • Prepare your papers
  • Know several pastel techniques to produce beautiful, full colour pictures of landscapes, flowers, portraits, animals, etc
  • Use fixatives
  • Finish off your artwork, ready for hanging

What you need to know

Entry requirements

This course assumes no prior knowledge or experience, but is also useful for those wishing to refresh their drawing skills.

What you need to provide

  • First lesson – bring note book & pen & any pastels students may already have
  • Full list of materials provided at first lesson (materials for the first lesson will be provided if students don’t have their own)
  • Materials can also be purchased from tutor
  • Drawing boards will be provided

Coming soon

There are currently no classes scheduled for this course.

Please check back later as classes are added regularly or get in touch for more information.

Delivery Mode

To meet the needs of our students Macquarie Community College balances delivery and engagement across permanent, regular and temporary delivery sites and offer face-to-face, remote zoom classes and self-paced learning options.

Ways to Study

  • On campus

Our college campus locations are:

    • Blacktown
    • Chatswood
    • Carlingford
    • Epping
    • Ryde
    • Mt Druitt
  • Virtual classroom
  • Complete workplace training
  • Combine ways to study


How you got questions? Please see our comprehensive FAQ page for everything you need to know about Macquarie Community College, our policies, student support, application and enrolment procedures.

How to Enrol

Step 1

Anyone 18 years or older may enrol into our non-accredited short courses by: • choosing the course you are interested in and; • finding a day and time that is suitable.

Step 2

After selecting your course and class. click ‘’Enrol Now’’ and enter your details. • You will be asked to verify your email through a secure link sent to your email address. • Once you have returned to the enrolment page you will proceed through the secure checkout and payment process. • Alternatively, you can call customer service on 1300 845 888. To view our Terms and Conditions, please visit: https://www.macquarie.nsw.edu.au/terms-and-conditions/

Step 3

Once your enrolment has been processed, you will receive the following emails: • Enrolment confirmation: you will receive this immediately after your enrolment has been processed. Please check and read your Terms and conditions. • Tax invoice: the payer of your enrolment will receive this immediately after your enrolment has been processed. • Course reminder: you will receive a reminder the day prior to your class commencement. • Zoom link (for remote zoom classes only): you will receive a Zoom link and password the day prior to class commencement. If your course has multiple sessions, use the same link and password to access each session.