Just two places left on Nel and Bec’s first pastel course at the Watermill

Nel and Rebecca head shotWe are delighted that Nel Whatmore and Rebecca de Mendonça are coming to us for a unique week-long course in pastels this September. There are more details below. We are also delighted that 10 students (and two non-pastelling partners) are already booked in for this course, so we only have room for two more students (and possibly one more npp!) Nel and Bec will be with us from Saturday 23 September to Saturday 30 September 2017.

They say: “We are very excited about this course, as it is our first New Pastel School course abroad. The course will include some painting en plein air, some studio based work and trips out to beautiful locations. What we seek to offer is a new experience of using pastels outside and to introduce the joys of exploring how inspiring another countries landscape and countryside can be. As ever the atmosphere will be relaxed with one to one help, demonstrations and lots of lovely food! We seek to inspire you all to try something different and join us.”

Painting by Nel Whatmore, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.

A pastel called Good Afternoon by Nel Whatmore

Here’s what one of their students on a previous course had to say: “I just wanted to write to say how much I valued the opportunity of being with you both again. You work so well together… Your teaching plan is extremely well thought out and balanced; it is highly intensive but you reach out to your students on so many levels, adding layers of experience and competence with every session.  The interactive classes had us all totally engaged and we learned so much more from discussing how to finish your picture. You are professionals with a capital ‘P’…”

Together Nel and Bec have created The New Pastel School, after years of friendship and mutual respect for each other’s work. Their course at the Watermill offers the unusual experience of having these two experienced pastel artists sharing the tuition, and combining their expertise and great enthusiasm for this versatile and exciting medium. As tutors, they can help people to see that there are always different ways to do things, even when working with the same pastels.

Nel's wonderful pastel 'Star of the garden.'

Nel’s wonderful pastel ‘Star of the garden.’

Nel Whatmore loves colour and paints in a very expressive way as her focus is on light and getting emotion into a painting. She particularly adores painting flowers, landscapes and seascapes. She has been a regular exhibitor at Chelsea Flower Show for the past 10 years, where her stand has won multiple awards including a 5 star award in 2016. She has appeared on TV and celebrity collectors include Zoe Ball, Richard and Judy, Gary Neville and David Gower.



Rebecca's pastel Lying in the Sand

Rebecca’s pastel Lying in the Sand

Rebecca de Mendonça’s teaching and painting is the result of a varied career in the arts that has taken her from a degree at Wimbledon College of Art in Theatre Design, and working on projects ranging from Harrods Food Hall and the Phantom of the Opera to exhibiting at The Pastel Society and being a well known demonstrator. She has been commissioned to paint dancers at English National Ballet, actors in West End Shows, and has had work accepted by the Society of Equine Artists and The Pastel Society.

Nel and Rebecca head shotPainting by Nel Whatmore, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.23-30 September Pastels

with Nel Whatmore and Rebecca de Mendonça One or two places left

To learn more about Nel and Rebecca and their course at The Watermill, please click  here