Richard Suckling – Sparkling Seas and Dramatic Skies in Soft Pastel (Online); Mondays, May 6-20, 2024

Date: Mondays, May 6-20, 2024
Time: 9:00-11:00 AM Pacific Time, 12:00-2:00 PM Eastern Time/5:00-7:00 PM London Time
Level: All
Medium: Pastel

This course is all about being able to add sparkle to your water and some drama to those skies using soft pastels. From thumbnails to finished paintings we will explore how we can fully exploit the potential these wonderful sticks of colour have for capturing those particular moments of drama and light. Whether working from sketches or photos our aim will always be to see the potential in our source material and then devise a method to allow us to interpret these qualities successfully in our paintings. Tone, colour, composition and mark making will, of course, be covered but this course will concentrate on bringing drama to our work, focusing these two particular aspects of pastel painting and other mediums.


Richard Suckling studied illustration at Cambridge School of Art and worked for a number of years as an illustrator in London, before heading to the beautiful West of England to pursue a new career as a painter. He works almost exclusively in soft pastels and sells his work worldwide through galleries and privately through his social media pages and website.

He enjoys teaching regular workshops, throughout the UK, as well as pastel demonstrations and workshops on-line worldwide. He was one of the faculty members for Pastel Live in 2022, as well as appearing on Art School live with Eric Rhoads, and is currently a member of the advisory board for the Pastel Today website.

As well as writing regularly for magazines extolling the virtues of this amazing medium, including The Artist Magazine in the UK, articles on Richard’s work have also appeared in Plein Air Magazine in the US, Practique Des Arts in France, Pastel World Magazine in China.

About Our Online Classes:

  • This class is taught live via Zoom. To take this class, you need a microphone and camera enabled computer OR an iPad /smart tablet OR a smart phone (android or IOS) and a strong internet connection.
  • You will have access to a private class message board on our website where you can share work, comment and ask questions. (Exact use of the message board, critique of student work and general class format is at the discretion of the instructor, please check course description for details.)
  • Class will be recorded and recordings expire 60 days after the final day of the course.
  • Participants will receive an email with the Zoom link and class details 5-7 days before the class starts (don’t forget to check your junk folder). Zoom link will also be posted in the class message board. Check your confirmation email for a message board link or visit your Online Classrooms to find your active classes.

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