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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 2019


November 13th at 18:30 to November 15th at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

Starting with basics, complete, step-by-step, a tutor-led portrait (of a leopard). Enjoy using pastels in the correct manner to achieve impressive, longlasting results. Beginners and improvers. Practical tip: Bring a larger-than-A3 folder and an old shirt! Paul Holmes (Staffordshire www.highamhall.com/paul-holmes) Residential: £253 Non-residential: £186 (inc. materials) Paul’s more advanced course is on 19 Jauary.

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January 2020


Sunday January 19, 2020 at 18:30 to Wednesday January 22, 2020 at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

*NEW* Plenty of demos showing how to handle eyes, noses, different papers, wet techniques etc. For those who have already done a bit and wish to develop skills. Bring your own Pastels and photos, a larger than A3 folder and an old shirt! Tutor offers a few choices in papers. Paul Holmes (Staffordshire www.highamhall.com/paul-holmes) Residential: £338 Non-residential: £239 (Board/paper provided)

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