Wildlife Art Workshops

This is a very special opportunity for anyone who is interested in painting wildlife. Stella has developed a comprehensive range of techniques which she has condensed into a one day course

The workshop will break the process down into easy, accessible stages. The day is carefully structured to enable the more confident artist to stretch themselves while also fully supporting complete beginners

All equipment is provided as well as the essential tea / coffee and buscuits. The focus is on having a relaxed and enjoyable day while finding out how to make pastels work for you

In pastel with STELLA MAYS


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This workshop is suitable for beginners and people who are looking to develop their pastel technique. We will break the process down into simple, achievable steps and practice a range of mixed media techniques which participants can use with a whole range of subjects

I got really excited the other day when I decided to do some studies of wolves! They really are a great animal for beginners to draw. A good introduction to wildlife art, also easy to transfer what you learn to pet portraits!

We will begin by looking at the structure of the face and sketching out the basic form in pencil. This will be transferred to pastel paper, here we will build up layers of gouache, pan pastel, soft pastel and pastel pencil. This gives participants the chance to find techniques which work for them. Stella will be on hand throughout the course demonstrating and assisting, to ensure that everyone comes away with a finished piece of work.

All equipment will be provided, and the atmosphere will be relaxed, with the focus on enjoying the process and losing yourself in the pleasure of creativity!


Stella has been

a professional Wildlife Artist for 25 years. She has won many awards for her pastel work including BBC Wildlife Artist of the Year and twice runner up in the David shepherd Wildlife Artist of the Year competition. Her work is held in private collections all over the world

Comments from participants..

”I absolutely loved it. My lot are very impressed, I did way better that I thought I would!”

- Lorraine

”You showing me how to correct things was good. Fixing my dodgy eyes was incredible - you showed me how to transform them from cross eyed werewolf to majestic lion!”

- Gill

”I've never been quiet for so long...Learning from a legend was brilliant!”

- Faye

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