10- week Introduction to Soft Pastels online zoom art course with live tuition. Suitable for complete beginners and people with some experience in Art.

Learn how to use soft pastels with Worcestershire Artist Raya Brown


Introduction to Soft Pastels.10-week art course. (Suitable for beginners and people with some experience in art)

Interactive online course via zoom with live tuition. Cost £15 a week.
Mondays 6pm-9pm. Starting 4th April.

Create beautiful pastel paintings with artist Raya Brown and discover the great possibilities of working with this wonderful material.

During this course you will learn:

- About different types of pastels and pastel papers and how to use them to achieve the best results.

- How to use various soft pastel techniques such as colour blending , layering, shading, etc.

- Colour theory and understand how to mix colours and make light and dark tones.

- How to show 3 - dimensional qualities of objects and show depth in your work.

- How to create various textures in your art work.

- How to paint beautiful atmospheric landscapes.

- How to paint realistic looking furry animals.

- How to create great compositions.

- You will also discover how to draw realistic looking objects and improve your observational drawing skills.

The course will cover the following subjects:

- Stills life

- Floral studies

- Animal painting

- Landscape

You will receive plenty of individual help, being guided and inspired by a professional Artist Raya Brown. Small groups of learners and clear step-by-step instructions and artist’s demonstrations are guaranteed. Visual recourses will be provided.

Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 2 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.

What's included in the price?

- Small groups of students
- Detailed feedback from the artist
- Recordings of every art class provided
- Quality Art demonstrations
- Visual resources provided


Raya Brown at Magic Wool Art and Craft Studio


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Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Children
  • Christmas
  • Corporate days out & team building
  • Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
  • Fairs, festivals & exhibitions
  • Hen dos
  • Intermediate level
  • Learning difficulties (SEN)
  • Mother's Day
  • Parking provided
  • Pet lovers
  • Public transport
  • Romantic
  • School holiday workshops & activities
  • Seniors
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Teenagers
  • Tutor can travel
  • UK Holiday
  • Wheelchair users


10 weeks (10:00am to 1:00pm)

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This craft course provider has been awarded Platinum status for receiving 50 or more 5 star ratings from previous students.

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They also allow tutors to gain valuable feedback on their courses and for new students to find the course that's right for them.


In-person course
Sara Jones - - #34938

I have just finished this course with Raya, and couldn't recommend it highly enough. I had never used pastels before, amd some of the assignments looked very challenging, but with Raya's expert help I achieved paintings that I am really pleased with, and noticed my confidence improve as well as my skill in this medium.

Response from Magic Wool Art and Craft Studio:

Dear Sara,

Thank you very much for your review.
I am so pleased that my course helped you to achieve such fantastic results!
I really enjoyed teaching and guiding you during this course.
I look forward to seeing you again at our next art course in 2 weeks time.

Best wishes


In-person course
Anna Hill - - #33598

A fantastic course by Raya which gave me the confidence to be a creative student. I love working with pastels and being shown how to create a lot of detail using different colours which has been a great achievement. A big thanks to Raya for her patience and art techniques which has given me the confidence to continue my passion for art online. I loved painting a picture of a fox with pastels showing the texture of its soft fur which looked very realistic. I also created a very attractive atmospheric landscape using some blending and layering techniques. I would recommend this online course to any new beginner. Raya will help you achieve great results....

In-person course
Yolanda Garcia de la Rosa - - #32586

This is the second course I have done with Raya and I am already enrolled for the third! I did one-day wool painting which I loved and went home with a beautiful wool paint a couple of years ago. Raya was really good, telling us how to work with wool and making sure that we created our own picture.
Now, I have just finished doing Fundamental art skills level one and I can already see how much this is helping all my other crafts. I wanted so much to learn about light, perspective, shapes, tones, etc. all the basics that I did not know properly and make a huge difference in my work.
I can highly recommend Raya, she is brilliant! and her courses very well designed, rich in content and joyful to do!

In-person course
Sally Griffiths - - #32558

I've just completed the online Fundamental Art Skills Level 1 with Raya and an enthusiastic class of students. In 10 weeks, I have been astounded at the progress that I, and the other students, have been able to make as Raya has patiently explained, demonstrated and worked with us to awaken and develop our drawing and understanding of form, shape, colours, as well as our observational skills. Raya is a warm, encouraging, enthusiastic teacher whose lessons are always interesting, well-structured and professionally delivered. I have signed up for Level 2 and am looking forward to learning further techniques and to making further progress.

In-person course
Linda - - #29147

So inspiring..very professional approach. Very talented tutor with so much to offer. I have attended fundamental art skills and 3 wool painting workshops. Raya is so encouraging..very patient and kind and you just want to keep attending more! I am continuing my artistic journey with watercolours next term. I can recommend these fantastic courses.

In-person course
Adelle - - #27252

Raya is a fantastic teacher. I went from an absolute beginner to her class and now feel confident to have a go at things, for a pleasing (not perfect!) result. Encouraging and relaxing. Thanks x

In-person course
Sheila - - #27158

What a fantastic course! I was a complete beginner at the start of it and did not believe I could learn how to draw. Thanks to Raya's amazing teaching techniques, encouragement and inspirational Art demonstrations I managed to achieve great results within 14 weeks! I am very proud of my work and I am going to continue learning Art at Raya's Art courses. I recommend this course to complete beginners. Thoroughly enjoyable, informative and inspiring. Thank you , Raya!

In-person course
Rhiannon Wheeler - - #27051

I thought I couldn't draw. I have produced drawings that I am really proud of, and I am enthused to keep drawing. The fundamental art skills course has been a voyage of discovery, and Raya has been an excellent teacher. She is also a lovely person and I recommend her highly. Do this course!

Response from Magic Wool Art and Craft Studio:

Dear Rhiannon,

I am so glad that my course has helped you to discover that you could draw and you had an enjoyable learning journey. Good luck with your future Art and Craft projects and look forward to seeing you at Magic Wool Art and Craft Studio in 2020! Raya

In-person course
Cath - - #27001

The fundamental art class was excellent. It has been very enjoyable and I have learnt so much. I didn't think I could draw, but with Raya's teaching I am enjoying learning and I can see progress in my work. Thank you Raya.

In-person course
Catherine - - #26988

This was a perfect course for a beginner like me and I can't believe how much I've learned. Raya is an excellent and very encouraging teacher. Thank you.

In-person course
Anna - - #26969

Fantastic courses with a wonderful tutor! I cannot recommend Raya enough. I took her Fundamental Art Course and learnt so much, taking me from pencil drawings right through to watercolour. Do not worry if you have never picked up a pencil you will learn the basics upwards.


In-person course
Dana Broad - - #26662

I can not believe how far I have come in just a few weeks. Raya Brown not only is a brilliant tutor she is a talented Artist in her own right. I feel really lucky in coming across this fabulous studio!

Thank you Raya


In-person course
Maureen - - #25997

A thoroughly enjoyable course. As a beginner I received so much help. I was quite apprehensive before coming, but did not need to be. It was a great learning journey alongside other people, who were very creative and friendly. Raya is a delightful person, very supportive and a joy to be with. I would recommend this course to any beginner.


In-person course
Gillian - - #25481

Great course! I thoroughly enjoyed it! I am a complete beginner in art but I always wanted to learn how to draw. Raya has given me the confidence and strong knowledge of the basics of art, which I needed to realise my dream.
Thank you so much Raya. I would recommend this course to absolute beginners!

In-person course
Carol - - #23953

What a fantastic course! I feel so inspired by Raya's expert tuition. I have learnt so much within a short period of time- some watercolour techniques, how to compose the subject, how to sketch in the open air, etc. I feel a lot more confident using different materials and can create quick sketches as well as longer studies of landscapes! Thank you so much, Raya. I will be back for your watercolour course in September to advance my painting skills. Looking forward to it.


In-person course
Anita - - #23308

Expert tuition with a very personal approach. I am fortunate to have found such a talented artist Raya Brown who is also an excellent tutor. Raya is inspirational, knowledgeable and patient. She gives us clear instructions and lots of encouragement. I recommend her art courses to anyone.
Thank you Raya for your hard work.

In-person course
Ruth - - #22683

Thank you so much Raya for an excellent course. I feel that I have learnt so much and I gained confidence to start painting at home. I will definitely recommend Raya's courses to anyone. Her expert tuition would benefit anyone from a complete beginner to an experienced artist. Raya is a talented Artist and very generous with her professional advice and expert guidance.

In-person course
Sheila - - #21407

Raya Brown is a inspirational teacher and a talented Artist. I just can not believe how far I have come in just a few weeks. I just love coming to her classes each week. She takes you from the basics of drawing through to using layers of colour to create tone when drawing from life. I feel as if she has made my life so much more interesting than it ever was. Thank you Raya.

In-person course
Elena - - #20975

What a fantastic experience wet felting with a talented Artist and Felt maker Raya Brown! Raya inspired me to create fantastic felt work. I got totally addicted to the therapeutic process of wet felting! It is magical- you start laying wool fibres, then add water and soap and do some rubbing and end up with a substantial piece of fabric called felt ! I love it. Really enjoyed working with natural fibres in a lovely creative atmosphere of Magic Wool Art and Craft Studio with likemined people. I recommend this course to anyone! Thank you Raya!

In-person course
April Smith - - #20624

Had a fantastic relaxing day today and chuffed with my first creation in wool. Cannot recommend Raya highly enough. A very calm and positive approach to teaching and sharing her vast knowledge.

In-person course
Jenny King - - #20147

Mum and I enjoyed a lovely day with Raya making poppies and daffodils. She made us feel very welcome at her home and is very good at explaining and demonstrating the techniques. Lots of tea and biscuits were offered through out the day! We had a fantastic day and have learnt a new skill set. Can't wait to carry on making flowers and would definitely book on to another course. I would highly recommend felting with Raya.

Jenny and Mary

In-person course
Angela - - #19736

I thought this was an extremely well-organised workshop with a friendly approachable tutor. I felt I learnt a lot about techniques as well as having my eyes opened to the possibilities of working with wool and various yarns and threads. Really enjoyed the process and will be doing more at home. Thank you, Raya.

In-person course
Elena - - #19351

Thank you Raya for a wonderful workshop! I love wool painting and you were an exceptional teacher. Though you guided us we were also able to be creative with our pictures. The atmosphere was relaxing, fun and creative. What a wonderful way to spend a rainy and miserable Saturday!

Clearly you are very knowledgeable and an experienced teacher. I look forward for your next wool painting class. I have a photo of my a very special scenery and would love to recreate it in wool fibres. I can't wait for the next class. Thank you. I highly recommend Raya's classes for anyone. They are suitable for absolute beginners .


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