Painting adults Courses

Exploring Pastels

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Discover the luscious qualities of pastels. Enjoy the energy and vigour of this simple medium that was a favourite of artists like Degas and Picasso.

What to bring:-

  • Art Spectrum Pastels (or similar colours): T509 Golden Yellow, P511 Poppy Red, P526 Ultramarine Blue, P500 Titanium White
  • Optional colours: X540 Yellow Ochre, N548 Burnt Sienna, N579 Greenish Umber, V508 Spectrum Red, P517 Flinders Red Violet, V512 Crimson, T578 Australian Leaf Green/Blue, T535 Turquoise
  • Willow charcoal
  • 1 x can workable fixative
  • masking tape
  • Paper - sanded pastel paper (i.e. Colourfix) or Watercolour paper (185gsm)
  • Glassine Paper (to protect finished work) - not essential
  • 1 x kneadable eraser
  • 1 x white plastic eraser
  • 1 x H, 1 x HB Pencils
  • Gloves (latex or similar)
  • Apron
  • Further materials may be required throughout the course


Please note, COVID restrictions may apply at the time of this course. By enrolling, you agree to abide by the restrictions at all times while onsite. Please visit the COVID Safe page on our website to read the most up to date information, or visit

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Building Access:

FAC is a heritage listed building with access limitations. If you have any special access requirements please contact reception on 9432 9555 before enrolling in a course.

Students with Special Requirements:

If you or the person you are wishing to enroll has special requirements, please contact Reception on 9432 9555 or email [email protected] to discuss suitability and how we can help.


Tutor Jim Buchanan

Jim Buchanan is an artist, designer and tutor who has taught in the Perth metro area and remote WA. He is passionate about creating art in soft pastel and charcoal mediums, Jim explores the interplay of light and colour in the natural and built landscapes. 

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