Hooked on Pastels

Two Day Workshop led by Marion Towns
NEW DATES – 7th and 8th November 2020
only 2 places left!
NZ $375pp
Minimum 4 – Maximum 8 people

Join internationally recognised landscape artist Marion Towns for two days of pastel heaven! Collingwood local Marion Towns has a creditable list of major exhibitions behind her and her works sell to art lovers throughout the world. Marion’s high level of technical skill and her striking choice of colours epitomises the New Zealand summer perfectly!

On Saturday head out for plein air landscape sketching (weather permitting) – you’ll learn how to develop versatile methods for creating ‘field sketches’ that you can take back into the studio. In the afternoon Marion will provide guidance in the process of translating your field sketches into a finished artwork. On Sunday, Marion will show you how to fine tune your soft pastel techniques with either a still life, or your landscape from Saturday.

This workshop will enable participants to gain confidence using soft pastels. You will leave with one or two completed pastel paintings and a piece of our lovely Collingwood art haven!

NZ $375pp


9.30am onwards arrive at Art Haven studio to set up
10am workshop starts
10.30am – 12pm Plein Air painting in Collingwood
12.30 – 1.30pm lunch at Art Haven
1.30pm – 4pm workshop (with tea break)
4pm – 6pm free time (studio stays open till 6pm)
6pm onwards drinks and snacks on the patio
6.30pm dinner
Optional art movie

9.30am onwards arrive at studio
10am – 12.30pm workshop (with tea break)
12.30 – 1.30pm lunch
1.30pm – 4pm workshop (with tea break)
4pm – 5pm pack up, clean and depart when ready

MATERIALS LIST – please bring:

  • 1 x A5 blank sketch book or single A5 pages of cartridge paper
  • 1 x 2B pencil
  • 1 set of soft pastels (the larger range of colours the better) Mungyo Soft Pastels 48 is great for classwork
  • 4 x sheets of pastel paper, preferably MI Tents in any of the following colours: 503, 140, 505 (dark brown, dark blue or red) Not white or cream
Extra paper will be available to purchase over the weekend.


Are you travelling? ART HAVEN can tailor an art pack for you, with everything you need for this workshop, including a cardboard tube so you can take your paintings home with you. Please request further details on the booking form.

2 day workshop NZ $375pp


  • Minimum of 10 hours professional tuition
  • Healthy regional foods  – 2 morning and 2 afternoon teas, 2 lunches and 1 dinner with selected drinks
  • All art equipment ie: table/easel/chair/water containers/scrap paper/rags etc
  • Access to a library of books on contemporary painters
  • Optional movie night – art related of course!
  • Comprehensive workshop notes to take home


  • Transport to and from ART HAVEN – check out our location page for details
  • Accommodation – check out our accommodation page for options
  • Art materials unless listed
  • Travel insurance
BOOK NOW!  places are limited to 8 participants
Find out more about Marion and her stunning artwork here: www.mariontowns.co.nz