The New Pastel School


Nel and Rebecca have created The New Pastel School after years of friendship and mutual respect for each other’s work. The courses offer 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 and demonstrators they can help people to see that there are always different ways to do things, even when working with the same pastels.

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As well as teaching skills and processes, they inspire students with demonstrations, and encourage everyone to find their own way of working with the medium and developing their skills. Courses are available for all abilities. Subject matter varies, as between them Rebecca and Nel have years of experience painting people, portraits, animals, flowers, landscapes, still life, architecture and abstracts. They both feel that whatever the subject, its life, emotion and energy can be captured with pastels.

Each course is a combination of structured tuition using demonstrations, then a chance to have a go for yourself, with exercises in techniques from little sketches to energetic and expressive painting. and there is also time for developing individual work, with help and encouragement on hand.        All materials are included, with a fantastic range of artists quality pastels and different surfaces to work on. Tea, coffee, biscuits and lunches are all provided to keep up energy levels through each action-packed day.

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Nel Whatmore exhibits her paintings at Chelsea Flower Show, and has work in collections around the world. She has appeared on TV and celebrity collectors include Zoe Ball, Richard and Judy, Gary Neville and David Gower, and in 2012 she presented her painting ‘Devoted to You’ to HRH Prince Charles at Clarence House as part of the Prince’s Trust 35th Year Celebrations. You may already have come across her work as it is featured on many products both in the UK and abroad. She now designs vibrant fabrics. To see Nel’s work go to

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Rebecca de Mendonça’s teaching and painting is the result of a varied career in the arts that has taken her from a degree in Theatre Design to being Kevin McCloud’s design assistant, and working on projects ranging from Harrods Food Hall to the Phantom of the Opera. She has been commissioned to paint dancers at English National Ballet, actors in West End Shows, and is now in demand as an equine artist. Rebecca writes for Leisure Painter and Paint& Draw Magazines and teaches online with Art She is currently writing her first book, ‘Pastels for the Absolute Beginner’ for Search Press Publications.