Pastel and Charcoal workshop with Judy Drew

I am delighted to host one of Australia’s finest pastel artists, Judy Drew, for her sixth  masterclass series in Sydney.


Judy Drew

After studying graphic art in Melbourne, Judy Drew moved to Bougainville Island for nine years. Her oil paintings, pastels and watercolours of the local people established her reputation as a fine artist. Upon returning to Australia and for the past thirty years she has produced both figurative and still life works.

Influence of Japanese art on the post impressionists has lead to a gradual change in her style; using simplified colour and shape to create a more contemporary edge. Judy’s work glows with an intensity of colour rarely seen in pastels. Represented by Melbourne Fine Art Gallery her work is in high demand by investors, galleries and private collections worldwide.

Dates:  Fri 4th, Sat 5th and Sun 6th September 2020





Friday 4th September

Half Day Pastel Portrait Demonstration and Discussion

1.00 – 4.00pm  

Over the three hour demonstration and working with a life model Judy will discuss how different lighting can create mood. She will show how to build up layers of colour and how to heighten your observational skills through measuring with the eye.

What to bring:
optional – pen & notebook



Saturday 5th September

Portrait/Life Model Workshop with Pastel and Charcoal 
10.00am – 4.00pm 

Degas created his own mid-toned background for a more expressive and freer result.  Following his example we’ll tone white paper using soft pastels.  Then, with a limited range of flesh coloured conté or soft pastel as well as charcoal you may prefer to concentrate on the face or the body or both.  

This relaxed approach is appealing for both line and tone drawing.

Capturing a likeness is only part of the success.  Bold, spontaneous and vigorous line work will add real emotion to the work.



  • pen & paper for note taking
  • a few sheets of cartridge paper (A3 or larger)
  • a sheet of white Stonehenge paper 
  • a small range of flesh coloured soft pastels for skin tones
  • one black and one white soft pastel
  • a couple of tones of sanguine coloured conté or hard pastel
  • compressed and willow charcoal
  • paper stump
  • kneadable rubber
  • soft cloth (e.g. t-shirt material) or large wad of cottonwool
  • wet ones
  • support for your paper and bulldog clip or masking tape
  • small hand held mirror
  • optional easel or table easel
  • Included in the workshop:  fixative, sandpaper,  brushes for general  use
  • If required, at time of booking,  you will be guided with what pastels and conté to bring



Sunday 6th September 

Still Life Demonstration and Workshop

Judy will give a brief demonstration and discussion on how to a create a strong composition through simplifying shapes and perhaps a more spare use of colour.   We will be working with two individual Still Life arrangements.


  • A good selection of coloured pastels (hard and soft)
  • Textured black mi-teinte TEX paper (or paper of your choice)
  • Torchon (aka paper stump)
  • Support for your paper and bulldog clips or masking tape
  • Small hand mirror
  • Soft rag/cotton wool
  • Wet ones or damp cloth
  • Fixative
  • Optional: easel or table easel


All Saints Church Hall
85 Ocean Street, Woollahra



Parking is free all day in the grounds of the Church

Closest train station is Edgecliff;  then walk up Ocean St (10 mins) or take the bus and alight at the first stop or call 131 500 for bus route information

All Saints


Friday Demonstration  


2.5 Day Workshop  $450.00
 Saturday Workshop                                                        $210.00
 Sunday Still Life Pastel Workshop   $200.00                       
Included:  morning and afternoon tea  


A cancellation with full refund is possible if a replacement booking is made


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NOTE: You will need to book for Friday’s pastel portrait workshop separately. 




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