Inspired by the Masters: 18th-century portraits in pastels

Subject: Drawing
Dates: 20 May 2019 - 24 May 2019
Time: 10:30 - 17:30
Location: Windsor Castle & The Prince's Foundation School of Traditional Arts
Tutor: Dr Radu Leon
Full price
£ 385

Draw a portrait in pastels in the manner of 18th century artists. Render blushing cheeks and fashionable costumes inspired by the work of Jean-Étienne Liotard, Rosalba Carriera and others.

The course begins with a day at Windsor Castle, examining portraits in the Print Room and Conservation Studio.

Guided by your tutor, learn and practice methods used to achieve subtle tonal variations and shimmering effects. These methods are drawn from treatises by artists from the period.

This practical exploration leads to a completed portrait in pastels by the end of the week.

Who is this course for?

All levels of experience and ability welcome.

What should I bring to class?

You will find it useful to bring a sketchbook or notebook and pencil to Windsor Castle. All other materials will be provided on the course.

Where will this course take place?

Date Time Venue
Mon 20 May 10:30 - 17:30 Windsor Castle
Tues 21 May 10:30 - 17:30 19-22 Charlotte Road, London
Wed 22 May 10:30 - 17:30 19-22 Charlotte Road, London
Thurs 23 May 10:30 - 17:30 19-22 Charlotte Road, London
Fri 24 May 10:30 - 17:30 19-22 Charlotte Road, London

A note about Windsor Castle: As we are sure you would expect, a high level of security is in place at Royal residences. Participants will be required to present photo ID when visiting. Further guidance will be provided before the start of the course.

Below are details for planning your journey to Windsor:

By train: To Windsor & Eton Central or Windsor & Eton Riverside from London Waterloo or London Paddington (National Rail Enquiries Service 08457 484950 (UK)).

By coach: Green Line operates daily services from Victoria Coach Station, London.

By road: M4 to Exit 6. M3 to Exit 3. There is no visitor car parking at the Castle, so visitors are advised to use public car parks in the town centre. Details about parking can be found on

What days do I attend?

Monday - Friday

Do you offer concessions?

Yes, we offer concessions for full-time students and OAPs.

To receive a concession, please apply via our online form.

What if I need to cancel or change my booking?

You can view our policy here.

Image courtesy of Royal Collection Trust / © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2019

In collaboration with Royal Collection Trust.

Tutor biography

Dr Radu Leon

Radu Leon earned a PhD in History of Arts in Venice, after having previously received an academic education in film and visual arts. He had training in TV Journalism from the BBC. His paintings and drawings were exhibited in London at the Royal Academy of Arts in the Private Views in favour of Marie Curie Cancer Care (2013-2017), at the Mall Galleries in the Pastel Society UK Annual Exhibition (2011), in the 'Venice in Peril' exhibitions at the W.H. Patterson Gallery (2012) and at The Osborne Studio Gallery (2015), and in the shows of the Société des Pastellistes de France (2013-2014).

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