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Paul Holmes (Pastel Art)

  • Hugely talented pastel artist based in Stafford, specialising in animal portraits
  • Also paints other subjects (landscapes, cars!) plus abstract and mixed media
  • Qualified tutor with a Level 3 Award in Education and Training
  • has been exhibited across the UK, with his commissioned work now hanging across Europe

Paul is passionate about passing on his skills and knowledge to others – a good virtue for a Higham Tutor! Animals can be represented brilliantly in Pastel – and we think every artist should have a go at pastelling a cow as part of their artistic journey, so that is where we start!

“Having worked in pen and ink, watercolour and acrylic, several years ago I discovered pastel and have been captivated by this versatile medium ever since. In my animal portraits I aim to capture not only a realistic representation but also the character and personality of my subject.In my abstract work, I am looking to explore the opportunities of mixing pastels with other media, depicting emotions and fleeting moments in time.
It also gives me great pleasure to pass on my knowledge and experience at demonstrations and workshops.” PH
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“Fantastic – really enjoyed it with a very supportive tutor.”
“Excellent teacher. Well prepared. Very Patient. Clear instructions. Encouraging. Would attend another of his courses.”
“Really excellent course, very accessible for all abilities. Great fun, relaxed atmosphere. Learnt loads about techniques and materials and gained confidence in a new medium.”
“Paul is an extremely good and patient tutor, sharing his knowledge of the art of using pastels. He is good at making sure all students receive equal attention.”
“Nothing was too much trouble for Paul, he was very adptable to the needs of the group and very patient and encouraging when we encountered difficulties and full of praise when we succeeded.”




November 2020


November 10th at 18:30 to November 12th at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

A course suitable for beginners and improvers. Complete a tutor-led portrait of a hare. Learn about the various types of pastel and surfaces, we will practice layering, blending and adding texture. Bring a larger than A3 folder, together with an apron or old shirt. Paul Holmes (Staffordshire www.highamhall.com/paul-holmes) Residential: £258 Non-residential: £189 (inc. Materials) Paul's more advanced course will be on 24 Jan.

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January 2021


Sunday January 24, 2021 at 18:30 to Wednesday January 27, 2021 at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

For those looking to develop their skill in the medium. With demos and tips along the way, this is an opportunity to practice new techniques in a relaxed environment. Bring your own pastels and photographs, together with a larger than A3 folder, an apron or old shirt. Tutor has a few surfaces available. Paul Holmes (Staffordshire www.highamhall.com/paul-holmes) Residential: £345 Non-residential: £244 (Board/paper provided)

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