Going Paperless with Soft Pastel on Aluminum Panel | Richard Flynn | Sept 13 – 17


Instructor: Richard Flynn

Dates: 13 – 17 September 2021 | Monday – Friday | 9.30am – 4.30pm

Where: SSANC front studio/Plein-air

Cost: $400.00

(We do not charge HST) SSANC Members may use their discount, please call to register to apply the discount. Bursaries available, please contact us for more information if interested. A credit or full refund will be offered if the course is cancelled by SSANC

Experience level/Ages preferred: Adult – intermediate/advanced

Materials Required by students: Set of soft pastels Unison, Schmincke or Sennelier quality. Workable pastel fixative, Easel (if possible)

6 in stock

SKU: CA-RF-Alum-01 Category: Instructor:


Richard Flynn will teach how to paint with soft pastels on an aluminum panel.

“I remember the primal reaction of picking up a Conte crayon at an art college life drawing class. The move to pastels came naturally until eventually, it became my medium of choice. There have been periods throughout art history where artists developed pastel. Edgar Degas’s production brought pastel painting into the 20th century and in recent years the artist John Hersey introduced pastel to the 21st century with his range of Unison Colour.”

Working from life, this course will take students in a new direction with the medium. The direct use of pastel on aluminum panels opens a world of possibilities.

Richard will take you through the correct preparation methods, explore the differences of the surface and different application techniques, including how to create and compose with underpainting light marks and washes. Working at your own pace, students will build their work through layering, with plenty of demonstrations and group discussions.

Aluminum panels, prep materials will be supplied. Some Unison pastel sets may be purchased from the instructor – please contact SSANC for more info if wishing to purchase.

Instructor Bio

Richard Flynn has been working as an artist since graduating from the Newcastle College of Art in England in 1970, most recently as the artist in residence at the McMichael Canadian Art Collection in Ontario. He painted the gritty industrial landscapes and rural Northumberland where he grew up, before immigrating to Cambridge Narrows, New Brunswick twenty years ago after a long-lost uncle left him a property. He loves the warm hospitable nature of the Maritimes and says he was seduced from Britain by the beauty of New Brunswick.

Flynn can often be seen capturing colourful scenes at the historic Saint John City Market, bustling with cruise ship visitors to the Bay of Fundy. His method combines several mediums and textures, often starting with watercolour, acrylic, and pastels. Whether he is working on the spot depicting the energy of city life, or capturing the quiet beauty of nature, Flynn is considered one of the region’s most prolific and talented artists.