Relaxed introduction to soft pastels in stunning surroundings



Come and learn how to draw and paint with pastels in our stunning studio on the grand union canal in picturesque Braunston
My fabulous studio shop now stocks the finest quality art supplies including unison pastels and Pastelmat paper at lower prices than you will get online and the opportunity to choose the colours in person instead of trying to guess them on a screen. So if you enjoy your pastel workshop you can then purchase everything you need to get you started on your wonderful new journey into the joys of pastel painting

I will use my 30 years of experience with pastels to help guide you toward your finished picture. I will show you tips and tricks to help you make the most of this amazing medium and importantly, how to fix mistakes as they happen. I really want you to get the very best from your art and take your own masterpiece home with you. I am a professional artist specialising in portraiture and wildlife but any subject can be tackled including landscape and even abstract you just need to choose something that inspires you.

The whole day will be spent in a relaxed fun environment completing a picture using top quality artists unison and sennelier pastels to give you the opportunity to try different brands and variations and to teach you the importance of pastel and paper quality.

I work with individuals or groups of up to 10 people dependant on your own needs. The most important part of the day is that you relax and have fun learning a new medium and then have the knowledge you need to be able to use pastels in your own environment.

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?

All tools you will need for the day are provided.

We will use top quality unison pastels as well as mid-range Rembrandt and Sennelier soft pastels and Stabilo Carbothello pastel pencils. I want you to experience various different pastels so you find one you are comfortable with.

480g Pastel mat pastel paper

Flavia coffees and teas

Lunch is not provided but you can either bring a packed lunch or we are happy to provide homemade soups and sandwiches made with freshly baked bread, for a small additional charge.


Heather Hindle at Serendipity Art studio


Serendipity Art Studio
Bottom Lock/Dark lane
NN11 7HJ

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Children
  • Christmas
  • Corporate days out & team building
  • Easter
  • Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
  • Fairs, festivals & exhibitions
  • Father's Day
  • Hearing impaired
  • Hen dos
  • Intermediate level
  • Learning difficulties (SEN)
  • Limited mobility
  • Mother's Day
  • Overseas Holiday
  • Parking provided
  • Pet lovers
  • Romantic
  • School holiday workshops & activities
  • Seniors
  • Spooky
  • Stag dos
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Teenagers
  • UK Holiday
  • Wheelchair users


6 hours (flexible times to suit)

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Liz Wilson - - #27157

Heather has tonnes of experience and so much talent! Her studio couldn't be better situated for a perfect relaxing day in the countryside right by the canal.

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Lesley Wootton - - #27151

A fabulous day every time. Book me in again Heather x

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Emma - - #27150

My daughters joined Heather to do a days' pastel course... They did our dog, they thoroughly enjoyed and the pictures they created are stunning. Thank you Heather for your patience and passion for art .. highly recommended X

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Robert - - #27148

Had a workshop with Heather as a gift from my wife, having dabbled with pastels but not really been able to finish to a satisfying degree.
I now have the confidence to go back and finish some of my work and start some exciting new ones after Heather showed me, with great patience, where I have been going wrong.
She also gave me the benefit of her experience to feel ready to go forward with my art.
A very knowledgeable artist with a calm and lovely way of teaching, all set in lovely surroundings.
May well book again after I've put my learnings into practice.
Thank you Heather ever so much.


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Charles - - #27146

Discovered Heather 5 years ago and h wow what an amazing artist she is! Her introduction to pastels workshop was brilliant!
I booked it as something for myself and partner to do on a weekend and we couldn't have felt more relaxed if we wanted to. The welcome as soon as we walked into the studio was amazing and the day went very well with advice given throughout, but wasnt forced on us if we didn't want it.
Would highly recommend this for anyone looking to get creative in a beautiful surrounding with amazing talent at hand.

In-person course
Zoe Dixon - - #26157

I discovered Heather about 3 years ago while on holiday from York? She said she was thinking of running courses for individuals and small groups, and I was eventually her 1st client. I come down twice a year and always book a day with her. I have done landscapes, cats , dogs, my grandchildren and a self portrait of which I am very proud! Heather has given me the confidence to have ago at so many subjects at home. We have great fun and have a wonderful day together and now are firm friends! I can't recommend her and her lovely studio highly enough

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Mylene - - #24366

Wonderful workshop, Heather makes you feel comfortable and relaxed straight away. If you're a beginner or already an experienced artist you'll come out of this workshop with a great painting that you are proud of. Can't recommend this workshop enough!

In-person course
Maxine Edgington - - #23805

Heather is a very talented artist and is so generous with her knowledge and her materials. She has a relaxed teaching style which makes the workshop fun and easy to understand. Before I attended Heather's workshop I did not have the confidence to draw, let alone use pastel. After the workshop I had a pastel picture of my dog, which I have framed and am proud of. Thank you Heather for your skill, knowledge, patience and humour.

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Nic and Rose - - #23503

We are a mum and daughter (12 years old) and we went for the day to Heather as an early Christmas present. We had a fantastic time. Heather was an excellent teacher. She explained things clearly, showed us different methods and gave us time to develop our skills. She was patient and encouraging. We chatted and had lots of laughs as well as some quiet times of deep concentration! Both my daughter and I produced a picture we were happy to hang on the wall even though we had never worked with pastels before (and I am not artistic by nature at all!).
I would recommend Heather to anyone. She was also really helpful in recommending pastels and paper etc which I would never have found on my own. Family bought us pastels etc as Christmas presents which have led to many more happy hours.
Don't allow fear of not being good enough stop you from doing this as I nearly did. Whatever your ability, Heather will make your day enjoyable and leave you feeling proud of your work.

In-person course
Lesley Jean Wootton - - #23498

What brilliant days these are with Heather. I love going and will be booking again soon. She is extremely patient and I have learnt so much. I didn't know I could do so much with pastels. I am really enjoying experimenting by myself as Heather really knows how to pass on her knowledge in ways that can be understood easily. It's a fun day from start to finish and in a beautiful location. Laughter and learning go very well together in Heather's workshop.

In-person course
Jane Maloney - - #21447

Fabulous course. Absolutely loved it. Been now about 4 times. Each time we have picked a picture I am interested in completing and Heather has demonstrated how to complete it as I follow along. Really good value for money. All materials are provided and they are good materials which help in achieving a great finished painting. Would definitely recommend to anyone interested in learning about pastels.

In-person course
Ann Morphew - - #13464

This was my first real try at pastels and I thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Heather is a great teacher, not only a skilled artist herself but also good at talking her students through the materials and processes. All materials were provided, including the use of some very expensive soft Unison pastels. As well as finishing one painting each, we also learned some very useful techniques. On top of that, we had a really sociable day - lots of laughs, plenty of coffee and lunch at the on site Barn restaurant . I am sure we will do another course with Heather later in the year , maybe portraits instead of landscape next time. I am so enthused by this new medium that I have of course already ordered some pastels of my own! Many thanks to Heather for your time and perseverance!

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