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Pastel Adventures

Discover the versatility of pastels and a new approach for your own artistic vision. Be prepared to scribble, draw, paint and have fun. The demonstrations will encompass a variety of technique and genre.

Pastels lend themselves to a variety of techniques, subjects and genres, and this course is jam-packed with exercises to assist you in your artistic journey. In a dynamic classroom setting, learn and create via demonstrations, discussions, experimentation time, inspirational sessions and critiques. You’ll learn pastel foundations, explore pastel brands and different types of pastel and pastel surfaces.

  • Adults: $418.00
  • Under 18: $242.00

Prices include GST


Age 16+
Skill Level Beginner & Intermediate
Time slot Whole week - full days
Status 2022 details coming soon.
Location Bellingen High School

More about the course

Pastels lend themselves to a variety of application techniques that are sure to delight, surprise and satisfy the artistic appetite. This course will examine the potential of pastel in an effort to find the right approach for you to fit within your own artistic vision.

Come and experience five days jam-packed with demonstrations, discussions, experimentation time, inspirational sessions and critiques.  You will walk away with plenty of ideas to explore in the months that follow after the course has finished.

You are welcome to work in any genre during the week’s program. Be prepared to scribble, draw, paint and have fun. The demonstrations will encompass a variety of technique and genre.

If you wish to work exclusively in one genre during the week Louise can assist you to advance in that field. Whether you are a beginner to pastel or have some experience this course will help to put an enthusiastic spark into painting with pastels. The only prerequisite is that you have a desire to learn.

Applications to be considered will include: working with wet methods, creative under paintings, using coloured inks, line versus blocking-in, drawing with pastels and mixed media methods.

Pastels are one of Louise's great passions and she loves to impart the joy that they have brought to her life. In this course she will share with you her knowledge and experience so you too can have your quality of life enhanced.


Student Feedback

2019 Camp Creative Survey

"Louise was an excellent, passionate teacher, giving very generously of her time ...She explained the reasons for using soft or hard pastels for different effects and the pitfalls of using the wrong one. We were encouraged to explore and make other surfaces and experiment. thus becoming more creative and artistic."

"Louise was always supportive and encouraging. She posed questions to get students thinking - no right or wrong answers. Gave students lots of individual tuition too. Paced lessons well. Lots of new topics covered which are different year to year. Very positive and empathetic."

"I cannot speak highly enough of Louise as a very knowledgeable teacher who really "gets inside a student's head" and understands what they are trying to achieve and then can guide them down that path... A rare gift."



2018 Camp Creative Survey

"I found the course both stimulating and a wonderful learning experience because Louise is a wonderful teacher. She is so giving of her time and skills. Every time I have attended a course of hers I have never not learned new skills."

"Louise is an excellent teacher with great theoretical knowledge, her demonstrations were clear and concise, and her manner encouraging and patient."

"Louise conducts a very well structured course while ensuring everyone in the class had input to content. She demonstrated a very interesting range of techniques for both material preparations and drawing."

"This was my sixth year at Camp Creative with this same tutor and I still have so much to learn. Louise is well prepared, gauges her class, makes her material and delivery very inspiring, informative and gives the class focus. Often visitors who came in the afternoon were impressed that everyone was so busy on their own work. Louise promoted a very harmonious and supportive class environment which was very pleasant to work in."


Louise Corke

Louise Corke

Louise is an internationally recognised Master Pastellist, travelling the world to teach and run workshops. Her work can be found in public and private galleries and publications across the world.

She works with beginners all the way to advanced artists and combines top-notch learning with a supportive creative environment.

Master Pastellist Louise Corke's journey with pastels began in 1993.

“Since that time, I have loved every minute of every pastel experience…I think they were made for me. I consider painting like a dance that is pure gestural expression. I marry my heart to my hand and together they speak visual music.”

Course Requirements

  • Bring along a variety of pastels both soft and hard, in a range of colours.
  • MAKE SURE your pastels are ARTIST QUALITY – NOT just Artists Pastels
  • Pastel paper – bring a variety of pastel papers of colours that you enjoy. Please include at least one sheet of white and one black. Sanded papers such as Art Spectrum Colour fix (Sandpaper type surface) and pastel papers such as the Canson pad of pastel papers are fine.
  • Charcoal (willow and compressed – whatever you have at home), kneaded eraser, wet ones or rags to clean your hands.
  • Table easels and a backing board with clips to attach your paper
  • Scissors and masking tape
  • Newspaper
  • Fine Spray bottle for water, soft cheap synthetic 1-inch flat brush
  • Clear pastel primer (Art Spectrum brand is preferred) and an old sponge to apply
  • OPTIONAL: If you have inks or watercolour paints bring some along (you will need the sanded pastel paper to use these)
  • A few sheets of glassine paper to allow for easy transporting of your pastel artwork back to home


  • Bring along A4 photos of subjects that you enjoy - enough for the whole week
  • One of your photos needs to be something fairly simple – such as a couple of pieces of fruit or a simple mass of trees etc.

Feel free to bring along any props from which you may also work. Looking forward to seeing you on January 13. Please feel free to contact me on lou2345@bigpond.net.au


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