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Are You Ready To Start Learning?


Have you convinced yourself;  ‘I’m not good enough to be an artist?


The Academy is designed around the sound principals of understanding the basics, and all too often when learning as a beginner without any guidance, the basics get ignored.    Looking at some simple basic exercises, mainly in drawing, you might well progress in  progress in techniques you never knew you could do!      That is a very common scenario.

Usually the biggest obstacle new artists face is themselves.   But self-belief and confidence soon comes with your first successes!  Don’t blame your lack of knowledge for lack of talent!

Am I Too Old to Learn?


Art is ageless!

For many years most of the people in art classes have been retired, or returning to an old passion that they had to stop at some point in their lives, like when raising a family.    But as they have learnt – their work looks just as fabulous in a frame at their first exhibition as it would have done when they were 20!

I have taught artists to National exhibition level in their retirement.


Fed up of being stuck in a creative block?


Creative ‘blocks’ happen.  The key is to work with them.   Pastel is the medium many frustrated artists turn to!   Why?  Because it will not hinder your progress with technique issues before you have even got started.

When you see how your work progresses leaps and bounds, under my guidance and with the help and support of the Academy community, your creative blocks will get fewer and farther in between.   You will even learn something from them.


Develop Those Rusty Drawing Skills, and build your confidence!

Get the Key to Better Pastel Techniques, and bust through those Creative Blocks!

Work Towards Your Own Art Career! Would you be a pastel teacher?

Have you got a growing pile of unused Art Materials in your cupboards?


Well we have all been there!     A growing pile of drawing and painting materials; a constant reminder of our once good intentions, and the belief that one day  ‘I really must get down to going to some classes!’     In truth though, pastel classes are not easy to find.

Well now is your chance to review your stock.     Get your motivation back and develop those artistic instincts you know you have!   The Academy will help you organize what you need and what you don’t need.

Look forward to Improvements, progress and Inspirational breakthroughs.    Even new directions!

What is The Academy and What Can It Offer You?


Tuition, support, and advise and mentoring  from Top International Pastel Specialist Heather Harman; member of 7 International Pastel societies, author and pastel historian with 40 years experience in portrait and landscape, and 25 years experience tutoring pastel courses in UK colleges and in Europe.    

A learning system based on your needs, and Heather’s experience teaching artists from beginners level to advanced.

Your future artistic learning path could not be in better qualified or reputable hands.

Click here for more on Heather


How does The Academy work?


Simply put – you will be watching over the shoulder as Heather completes various lessons/courses on a whole range of subjects,and explains her decisions and choices along the way.   You will be working on personal projects or withing a program with feedback.

A deep Dive into Pastel Landscape, Portraits, Animal Portraits Still Life and a much needed Drawing and Sketching program.

Live Training

Live themed training for both beginners and improvers, in all subjects.

Projects set in advance and feedback given on the following live training.



Academy Challenges and Competitions


With a variety of themes and prizes, for all learning levels.   Always fun!    A great and stimulating way to learn and improve your techniques, within a friendly and supportive environment.


Blog Interviews with Other Top Artists,  Manufacturers and Suppliers.

Special interviews and Q & A’s with the people who make and supply our favourite medium!

I expect you will come up with some really good questions for them!



 This is a truly unique opportunity.


 Unique because there is no comparison to be made out there.


Unique indeed for a top Internationally acclaimed pastel specialist who exhibits on the world stage – to listen to the plight of newbie pastel artists left pretty much high and dry without the tuition opportunities that there used to be - in the UK at least.

Unique in that places at top professional workshops are increasingly limited and not affordable to so many; artists who are homebound; financially or time restricted.

Unique in that real time pastel tuition by a noted specialist is not readily available.

Exactly What Subjects Can I Learn From the Pastel Academy?


The Basics of Drawing and Sketching.    The basics of Painting:   Composition, Tonal Values, Colour Theory,   Landscape in Traditional and Impressionist Styles.  Portrait Drawing and Painting,  Animal Drawing and Painting.  Still Life.   Plein Air painting.   The Trois Crayon (Sanguine) technique.  Blueprint of how to become a teacher in pastel.

Vinuela Sunset 3 - Harman
Summer Lavenda _ Harman

So Where Do I Start?

When you enrol – you will find an Academy Roadmap – which is  there to guide you through your options in your level.   you might be guided by me or prioritize one subject over another – but you will probably want to fit all the training in at some point.



For example:  for Beginners, it might be:

A drawing course for beginners which is the Foundation course.  Or you might prefer to go to the  beginning pastel course, or the portrait drawing modules., From there; other subjects such as Landscape, Colour Theory and Composition are available, but whatever it is it will be a good basic course to get you started, and it will be doable, at your own speed.  Your choices might be based on what is of interest to you at the time, or you can join a themed program with Live Training/feedback.

Paco's House - Harman
Evening Campo - Harman
Sol e sombre - Harman

For more advanced pastelists:

Your choices might be based on what is of interest to you at the time. or you can join a themed program with Live Training/feedback. On the other hand you might choose to backtrack and fill in some of the gaps in your drawing or pastel knowledge,  You might even decide to plunge into a new subject area.

You might even be ready to embark on a teaching career as a pastel tutor?    Then in the Academy special training is there just for you.

George & Toby - Harman

Membership Levels and Pricing


There are three levels of Membership:    Silver, Gold, and Platinum

What If I don’t think the Academy is for me?

There is a no quibble 30 day money back guarantee.   No questions asked.   We want you to be happy with your membership.

BUT – you can also put your membership on hold for a while; for one of those times when life gets in the way – and you to stop your studies for a while.   You can then resume at your own convenience.

Frequently Asked Questions

What if I don’t have Enough Time?

So many people are having to fit in their creative passions into a schedule, especially if learning means travelling to classes outside the home.     When learning online you can set you own schedule, and fit in what you can.    The real key to growth and learning of course is to do something every day; sketching, drawing, painting whatever.

What is your refund policy?

We offer no-questions-asked refunds to all customers within 30 days of your purchase. If you are not satisfied with our product, then simply send us an email and we will refund your purchase right away. The goal has always been to create a happy, thriving community. If you are not thrilled with the Academy or are not enjoying the experience, then we have no interest in forcing you to stay an unhappy member.

Can I upgrade after signing up?

Yes, you can upgrade at any time after signing up. When you log in, you will see a notice regarding your current package and instructions on how to upgrade.

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If you have any more questions, feel free to drop me a line anytime.

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