Periodically,throughout the year I organise courses in my Catus Studio. They are open to beginners as well as practising pastel painters.
My teaching is based on traditional teaching methods, drawing, composition, observation and colour mixing.
My aim in teaching is to suggest different approaches, to inspire and particularly to encourage the students to look analytically at their subject. I hope to pull people away from the tendency to rely too heavily on photographic images and instead develop their own individual vision.
I am continually fascinated by colour and I hope to transfer this passion during the lessons. Observing colour is something that can be learnt. Separating colour from tonal values is an important part of analysing an image, obtaining subtle colour by layering pastels demands a knowledge of colour mixing. .
Photos Caussenil and the studio excluding examples of student's work realised during the courses.
Working from the model is often an important part of my teaching but still life set-ups also allow us to explore pictorial problems in a less challenging context. When possible I like to work with students, sketching and painting, finding images away from the studio.
Photos of the garden where we can eat outside in the shade of the beech tree when the weather permits. Other photos show the village of Catus, the weekly market and the lake.
In the last few years I have been invited by the Pastel society and other various societies to teach pastel technique.
Frequently I work with a life model, in Chateau Ligoure or Feytiat.
Occasionally, we work in the landscape or in the streets, sketching markets and bars to work up into finished pieces in the studio..