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Soft Pastel: Which Surface?

5th March to 9th April

Six Tuesdays 10.00am to 1.00pm at Norden Farm Centre for the Arts, Maidenhead SL6 4PF

Each week we will experiment with a different pastel support for soft pastels.  With such a variety of coloured and textured papers for pastel available, it can be hard to choose.  This course will enable you to try a variety of papers and how to prepare some of your own surfaces.  There will be a materials charge of about £7.00 to cover the cost of sample packs of small pieces of coloured, sanded and velour papers and also gesso, pumice powder and mount board off cuts for preparing your own surfaces. Please bring your own pastels and equipment.  Reference material will be discussed at the first session and during the course will include still life, plant forms and buildings.

Tickets from the Box Office at or call 01628 788997

Castle and Countryside: Painting in and around Bardi in the Parma Apennines

Wednesday 8th May to Thursday 16th May 2019

Jo is tutoring a painting holiday at Casa Bezzia in the tiny hamlet of Pietracervara near Bardi in the hills above Parma.  This is a beautiful and relatively undiscovered part of northern Italy.  Bardi is an ancient town dominated by a medieval fortress on a prominence overlooking the valley of the Ceno river.  Drawing and painting in watercolour, we will visit sites including hill top villages, Bardi Castle, the bustling Bardi market, rocky riverbanks, and also a cheese factory producing the iconic Parmesan.  Other media can be accommodated in the well equipped studio.  For further information and booking inquiries visit or contact  Sylvia Bell, E-mail: or call +39 052571370

Transfers from Bologna airport are provided and the plan is to meet there early enough to travel on as a group to Pietracervara, should you book the course and arrive by air.  My flight arrives late morning and it would be good if everyone could arrive at Bologna by early afternoon.

Having just spent a few days at Casa Bezzia I can thoroughly recommend its peaceful location, the delightful countryside and Sylvia’s hospitality.  A materials list will be forwarded in good time but if you have any queries concerning materials or course content, do contact me by E-mail:

Contact Jo by e-mail: for more details of any of these events.