Workshop: Winter Sunlight with Robert Dutton

With your host John

Join award winning artist Robert for this in-depth look at creating a scene with winter light on water and snow, using charcoal and soft pastel. A 2-3 hour workshop, broadcast live from England on 2nd December 2021.

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Winter light on snow is really special. It’s Roberts favourite time of the year and in this masterclass he will show you why!

The landscape reveals it’s wonderful structure and line and colour is there for you to explore. In this masterclass we sure will - in a very different way with charcoal and soft pastel combinations painting with the media, not just drawing and layering it.

In this masterclass you will very quickly you will see how the texture of paper becomes an all important element in the final expressive painting when water is sprayed and painted into charcoal and pastel. It’s an exciting creative process all artists will just love! Both charcoal and soft pastel create fantastic expressive effects and in this masterclass I will show you how! You will create lots of sumptuous layering with your soft pastels one over the other to build rich beautiful eye catching effects with line, shape and tone with a fantastic end result.


Lots to learn, fascinating exciting techniques, pushing boundaries with materials.


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Example textures & mark making

Materials Top-Up

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Recommended materials

• PAPER: 300gsm (140lb) ‘Not’ watercolour paper - any brand as strong watercolour paper. 100% cotton rag recommended - not wood pulp paper!Recommended size - half imperial (15 x 21 inches 38cm x 53cm) or bigger. I will be creating my scene on 20 x 22 inch paper from a full imperial sheet cut to size

• PAINTS: Unison colour soft pastel highly recommended

Colours of orange, pinks, blues, purples and deep earth browns and greens

Willow charcoal or similar charcoal. (Charcoal pencils can be used if charcoal sticks and not to hand)

• OTHER: Drawing board to fit the size of sheet taped or clipped down so it doesn’t move. Working flat on the table. No easel necessary Water Spritzer Water pots for cleaning brushes Watercolour brushes - eg. large Chinese brushes, 2 inch flat chisel, Size 24 round, large mops etc. Use what you have but large brushes are highly recommended. Fixative (any brand) Kitchen roll Scalpel blade, craft knife or similar Thin photocopier paper or newspaper