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M16 Artspace

Studio B

21 Blaxland Crescent Griffith ACT 2604
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17–18 August 2019


Tutor: Penelope Gilbert-Ng   
Skill Level
Some experience with the medium but looking to learn new techniques.
Workshop description
This workshop will explore 2 different pastel portrait approaches. Using a model, students will work on soft umber paper to create a painterly portrait looking at measuring proportions and looking for shadow and light shapes within the face and shoulders. Focus will be on colour, edges, expression of the model, tone and mark making. The second day students will use white pastel paper drawing up the head and shoulders of the model and laying in a watercolour wash using colour as a tonal underpainting. Once dry the students will apply pastel in a painterly way using many techniques.

About the tutor

Penelope Gilbert-Ng ‘s journey as an artist started aged 3, Studied at East Sydney Technical College late teens (Diploma of Painting, 1971) and furthered her development with her painting in isolation in Papua New Guinea (13 years).  On returning to Australia 1986 studied with noted artists in Australia, New York (Pastel Society of America Scholarship), and New Mexico (International Association of Societies Convention). Penelope believes that continual learning is essential for self-development as an artist. She is Past President of Pastel Society of Australia and Master Pastellist and Life Member with the Pastel Society of Australia, Past President and Fellow of the Royal Qld Art Society and sought after tutor with Art Societies and Groups Nationally in all mediums. Penelope has been a finalist in the Archibald and Portia Geach Portrait Prizes and has had numerous solo and joint exhibitions. Her commissioned paintings are represented in corporate/ private collections worldwide. Winner of many competitions combining knowledge and dedication to her art has enabled her to judge shows since 2002. Scholarship to study in New York at Gramercy Park Pastel Society NY 2003. Penelope has written 9 articles for The Australian Artist Magazine (Dec 2000, March 2006).
Attended IAPS Convention Albuquerque New Mexico USA 2007, Australian Artist July 2009 / April 2011 “How did you do that”. Portrait painting July 2012. May 2013 Acrylic portraiture. October 2013 Acrylic What comes next? May 2016 Keeping it Simple Oil part 1, June 2016 Keeping it Simple Oil part 2, July 2016 Keeping it Simple Oil part 3, Demonstrated (by invitation) at the International Association of Pastel Societies, IAPS (Portraiture) May 2009 Albuquerque, New Mexico USA. 
Tutored for Artemis Art Tours Greek Islands October 2012/ May 2014. 
Guest Artist/Tutor/Judge at Pastel Society Of New Zealand Pastel Convention May 2015
Awarded Champion Portrait Jack Ambler Award EKKA Qld 2009/ 2016/2017/2018
Tutor and Demonstrator at the Inaugural Pastel EXPO Caloundra Qld Australia 2018 

Cancellation / Refund Policy

If you find you are no longer able to attend:
Please advise ASAP so we can notify the next in line.
Please include your name and the name of the workshop/event.
Refunds will be given at CAW’s discretion, if:
The participant withdraws from the event or workshop at least 14 days
prior to commencement.
The place can be filled by someone on the waiting list.
The workshop is cancelled by CAW.

Materials list

  • Paper: Colourfix
  • One sheet of original White COLOURFIX Art Spectrum paper or White TEX Canson paper I shall show you underpainting in watercolour as this approach is just another method to pastel. You will need a selection of primary colour watercolours. I use tube watercolours, Magenta for red, Cadmium Red, Aureolin yellow or lemon yellow Quinacridone gold and cobalt blue sometimes turquoise blue and a medium to large size synthetic watercolour painting brush for application (use an old brush as paper chews up bristles quickly as is abrasive). If you have pan watercolours then ok just a bit harder to dissolve to get strong pigment. Watercolour palette. Artist quality paints have more intense pigment and won’t fade if some is allowed to show through pastel.
  • One sheet Art Spectrum Soft Umber
  • Board: You will be working on half sheet paper having a board big enough to accommodate the paper size with some space around the paper.
  • Bulldog Clips masking tape (cream not coloured) I use the masking tape all around the paper which gives a white border after completion
  • Faber Castell Kneadable eraser, also plastic eraser
  • Fine mist water sprayer optional
  • Torchon / I use a colour shaper grey rubber tip.
  • old watercolour brush synthetic hair/ water container
  • 2B pencil
  • Sketch book
  • Barrier cream or fitted gloves
  • Mask if you use one optional.
  • Apron,
  • Cloth for table and floor
  • Pastel fixative optional not hair spray. I very rarely use.
  • Glassine paper for protecting painting for transport
  • The pastels you have already Hard and Soft. Make sure you have a variation in tones of your colours such as dark medium and light. Suggested colours Schmincke Quinacridone violet 048B,Schmincke perm orange 005 O(lightest one),  mauve greys, ochres, umbers, Bring pastel pencils if you have them. Turquoise blues in various values.
  • For those starting in pastel Faber Castell have boxes of half sticks which are a good base of colours to start from and gradually add colours to your collection as you need them. Rembrandt also have excellent sets in different quantities to start with landscape, portrait or mixed colours. Schmincke are difficult to buy so Unison have good colours and Art Spectrum have a good dark purple Flinders Blue Violet D520 that can substitute the Schmincke  O48B and a new light colour set. Art Spectrum now have lovely square shaped pastels in sets which are great to use. Soft umber set good set to have.
  • Lots of enthusiasm essential



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