Colour it with Pencil

Pencils come in a wide variety and can include pastel pencils, ink, graphite, colour pencils and even water-soluble graphite. Linda will explore with you each of these different drawing mediums as she introduces you to how they work and how to get the best results from each.

Starting with a pastel pencil pet portrait from your own animal reference to ink pens, colour washes, water-soluble graphite and finally, graphite with a limited palette you will explore and create.

Learn the difference between these mediums, how to layer, blend, create texture, wash or not, how to include graphite, which paper to use, and all the basic techniques you need to get the most out of each.

You will enjoy step-by-step guidance, and the best part is that these techniques can be learned by anyone – no matter your current skill level!

  • Full days. Monday to Friday, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
  • Ages 16+
  • Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
  • Places available

Course Info

Subjects for 2023 will include a pet portrait in pastel pencils on sanded paper, pen/ink with a colour wash of a terrace house or Bello building!

Explore different ways to draw water using graphite pencils, water-soluble graphite and ink. And finally, use a limited colour palette plus graphite pencils to draw your favourite animal.

Sample works for 2023

‘Hare Raisin’ – pastel pencil on sanded paper

‘Single Victorian Terrace’ – ink on Bristol paper

‘Harry’ – graphite on hot press paper

‘Break’ – ink on paper

Age range 16 to 160, some drawing experience advised, but beginners are welcome.

To be supplied by participant


Graphite pencils, 2H, F, HB, B, 2B and 4B

Pastel pencils. Make sure to include the following colours: indigo, sepia dark and sepia light, yellow ochre, light yellow ochre, white, black. Other colours if you own them. NOTE: some pencils will be available for you to borrow.

Any soft pastels or conte pencils you may already own.

Colour pencils – you will need a minimum set of twelve basic colours either standard (wax) or aquarelle – it doesn’t matter which type.

Aquarelle (watercolour) colour pencils. Minimum set of 12 *

Wax or oil based colour pencils. Minimum set of 12 please. These are your ‘standard’ colour pencils.

Water soluble Derwent 4B graphite pencil. If you cannot find the Derwent brand, any 4B water-soluble graphite pencil is acceptable. Make sure there is a little paintbrush icon on the side to confirm it is water-soluble.

Black ink fineliner pens. There are a variety available – any acceptable, but make sure they are permanent, and you have at least a .3mm and .5mm nib. (.1, .3, .5, .7 is ideal)

Colour Ink

Note: you do not have to purchase these  you can use class supplies but if you own the following bring them with you.

  • Inktense pencils or pans
  • Any type of coloured fineliner pen, marker or Texta. Raid the kid’s art box!
  • Liquid colour inks

Important: please bring reputable brands only – If you are purchasing for the first time, professional or artist grade is highly recommended. Supermarket or $2 shop type pencils are not acceptable. There will be a class set of wax and aquarelle pencils available for you to use

*Please make sure a white pencil is included in your sets



Pental Aquash Medium (Japanese nylon brush with water barrel) OR a number 4 or 5 round camel hair type brush and a water pot.

General supplies
  • Drawing board (A3 size minimum) with prop
  • Bull dog clips
  • Masking tape
  • Kneadable eraser
  • Blu-tack (not UHU white tack or pink or green tack. Original Bostick Blue)
  • Pencil sharpener
  • A4 Cartridge Visual Diary (for sketch and note taking if you require)
  • Tortillon or paper stump
  • Paper (at least one sheet of following, cut to 4 x A3 size for transport
  • Full sheet 300gsm Hot Press watercolour paper. Arches or Fabriano or Lana – you will most likely end up using all 4 cut sheets, so be prepared to buy extra if needed, or buy two full sheets
  • Photographic reference material. I will supply some images, however, for your own pet, you must bring good quality A4 size prints of same.
  • A3 sheet of SANDED pastel paper – choose Art Spectrum or Canson Mi-Tiens. It must have a sandpaper texture. Colour should be a light tan, beige or brown.
    Note: if you are unable to buy this product in your area let me know and I will bring supplies for you to purchase



You may wish to include some or all of the following in your ‘kit’ if you already own these items:

  • A portable light source – must be battery operated.
  • Personal fan – must be battery operated
  • Knife/box cutter
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • White cotton gloves
  • Tracing Paper
    Note: Generally we use A3 size paper, which can be cut to smaller size if required, so if you prefer to buy pads of paper or already own pads, bring along instead of buying specially.

Students are encouraged to bring in those materials they already own and have been using and are comfortable with. Bring what you have available from the above list.


Pre-order art supplies

Some materials can be purchased locally.  Contact Gail Cardow from Island Art Shop & Studio to place your order before the Camp, to be delivered on the first day. Call 02 66556822 or email or via her Facebook page.

Linda Weil
Course Tutor

Linda Weil

With over forty years of experience as a professional artist specialising in all forms of drawing medium, but particularly graphite, Linda Weil is known for her engaging and detailed drawings of wildlife, nature studies and found objects.

In the past decade, Linda has returned to her love of imaginative, science fiction and fantastical works. Melding her experience as a naturalist artist with a mechanical bent, Linda’s art may reflect a steampunk vision of the world, or an intricate exploration of an animal’s fur, or the discovery of the history of a found object – all expressed through graphite with hints of colour pencil.

Linda exhibits regularly at Tacit Galleries in Collingwood as well as a variety of Australian art shows.

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