Courses Calendar

Two days Pastel course: 9th and the 10th of March 2019

For Intermediates and beginners in Pastel

10 o’clock on Saturday morning to 5 o’clock, 9.30 on Sunday to 4.30.

We will take Still life as our theme, in order to study line, form and volume from still-life set ups in the studio. I will give demonstrations and individual attention to students.

The price is 150 € lunch is included in the price of the course.
A deposit of 50€ is demanded to complete your inscription.

Address: le moulin de caussenil, Catus 46150

8 students maximum are accepted, so please book early.

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Pastel art course 9th to the 13th of July 2019

This will be the 10th year that we have run courses from our studio and home in the South West of France; Catus 46.

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I am a practising artist, specialising in pastel, with 20 years of teaching experience. Each summer my husband and I look forward to welcoming a group of new and returning artists to Catus. All levels are welcome, commitment and enthusiasm are the only credentials.

During the five days, we will explore various themes, landscape, still life, and figure, with a model available. I will teach pastel technique, drawing and colour mixing.

The summer light is particularly beautiful in the early morning and late afternoon, so depending on the weather, it’s preferable to stay flexible for our working hours.
The studio is always available for indoor work.

Three hours of pastel painting in the morning will be followed by a meal at midday. This is your time to relax and discuss with like-minded people. A break after lunch allows for a swim, a siesta, a drawing, or look at some of the many art books.

In the afternoon, we may head out to work en plein air in the local landscape, or perhaps draw from the model in the garden.

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There are many gites and chambres d’hote in the vicinity and much to explore. Please do phone to discuss possibilities if you are unsure. The price of the course includes all tuition and the midday meal. If you are with a non painting partner, they are very welcome to join us at midday for a supplement of 10€

The Price of the five day course is 400€. This does not include accommodation, or materials.

A materials list is available on request.

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“Stage très enrichissant”

“Pénélope est généreuse d’elle-même, s’adapte à chaque stagiaire, il y a un savant dosage de démonstration, de partage de savoir-faire, une bonne communication de sa passion.
.Je tiens également à remercier le cuisiner François pour son savoir faire qui nous a permis de partager tous ensemble de bons moments à table.
Merci à tous les deux pour votre générosité qui donnent envie de récidiver
Pendant les cours il y a des moments de concentration extrême, néanmoins les mots de Pénélope vous pénètrent..j’entends « valeurs tonales, la couleur vibre…”

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Two day course at Giverny: The 31st of May and the 1st of June 2017

I will be teaching pastel workshops for two days as part of the International exhibition ‘Art du pastel en France’, which is held each year in Giverny around the Monet gardens. I am really looking forward to this event as I’ll have some time to spend with my friend the pastellist Corry Kooy ( also teaching during the festival.)

The American Artist Terri Ford will be the exhibiting guest artist. For more information on the festival, or to book a workshop:



Two courses with a day’s break in between, for those who wish to attend both,

landscape Pastel course:

The 10th and 11th of July 2017.

Tarif: 120€ (picnic lunch included)


Pastel course with model, based in the studio or posing in the landscape.

The 13th and 14th of July 2017

Tarif 150€; lunch and model included


For inscriptions click here

For more information, please e.mail

or phone 0033 (0)5 65 21 23 15


Pastel Course: 1st -4th of March 2017

Daily scenes in pastel:
Translating the world around us with an artist’s eye,
Finding individuality in your pastel paintings.

4 days, 9h30 à 17h (With the possibility of doing some evening townscapes in Cahors)
290€:Midday meals included
We will have a model available for at least one full day.

Subjects will be various, they could include:
still life set up in the studio.
An interior with 2 models at the table,
a café or bistro
possibly scenes around a farm.
A bedroom scene
A market
farm animals
a village scene.

(there are many possibilities but we will need to be flexible depending on the weather.)

A part of the course will involve going out and gathering material for our paintings, sketching outside with pencil or charcoal but also small pastels done from life with limited colour.
Some of these ideas can then be worked up in the studio, with the help of photographs, into larger pictures.

A camera will be essential.
will need: a small block of pastel paper; ie 23×30, maximum 30×40
A box which can contain around 60:80 pastels in order to simplify working outside.
Some sheets of larger paper
gauche and brushes if you would like to try wet techniques (pastelmatt paper will then be essential)
A portable seat and easel.

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My Courses this summer 2016.

Landscape course, the 11th and 12th of July 2016.

    • We will begin at 9.30 in the morning and finish at 12.30. Lunch break lasts until 2.30 when we start our afternoon session continuing until 5.30pm.


  • Price: 110€ with picnic lunch included.
Peinture paysage pastel

Paysage autour de la maison

Since beginning my daily paintings I have enjoyed working on smaller paintings which can be started and finished in a sitting. This allows for greater freedom and spontaneity when working ‘en plein air’

In these two days I am hoping we will be able to produce 3 small pastels, working outside in the landscape around my studio/home, in Caussenil, Catus. We will begin by considering the composition of the subject, the ‘schema’ or essential form. This will involve looking with view finders and doing small thumb-nail sketches. Please bring along sketch books and a soft pencil (4B)

Choice of colour, choice of paper, and mark-making will all be considered before starting on our pictures

We will look at techniques for representing foliage and for portraying a sense of distance in our landscape work.

Assuming that the weather is fine we will be outside in situations as comfortable as possible/ quiet and shady! But if we are unlucky and rain is forecast the studio is always available.

I recommend that each student brings a minimum of 4 sheets of good quality pastel paper; ie pastelmatt or pastel card 23x30cm or 30x40cm and reasonable selection of landscape based colours. A minimum of 60 is a good estimate.

To reserve a place on this course please go to the page Booking Form:

Phone me on 05 65 21 23 15

or e.mail:


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Stage Portrait. Deux jours à Catus le 14 et 15 juillet 2016.

  • Prix du stage : 125€, ( repas et modèle compris ).

suspended-in-light-65x50Nous travaillerons dans mon atelier de Catus et nous aurons, une partie du temps un modèle ‘ Anna) qui nous permettra d’étudier les proportions, les volumes et les couleurs. Nous pourrons faire des croquis rapides mais aussi travailler sur un tableau plus conséquent.

Nous travaillerons sur un portrait mais aussi sur le corps dans sa globalité

Ce stage s’adresse aussi bien aux débutants qu’à des stagiaires plus confirmés, nous ne sommes pas dans la compétition, mais dans l’apprentissage. Le groupe apporte une énergie positive à tout le monde.

Les horaires sont: 9h30 à 13h, pose repas puis reprise à 14h30 jusqu’à 17h30.

Pour réserver se rendre sur la page de réservation de stages : un chèque d’arrhes non remboursable ( sauf impossibilité de ma part) vous sera demandé.

Apportez deux feuilles de papier pour pastel ( pastelmatt ou pastelcard , prenez aussi du papier pour les croquis.

Parmi vos pastel, soyez sur de prendre des couleurs neutres foncés et neutres clairs

Pour plus de renseignements n’hésitez pas à me contacter, de préférence par email à cette adresse: sinon par tel au 05 65 21 23 15

Stages limités à 8 élèves.

Accéder au formulaire d’inscription.



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