PLEASE NOTE: No vaccine is 100% effective at protecting you from infection OR transmission, so to keep everyone as safe as possible is a small studio,  you must have had both doses of a Covid 19 vaccine before attending studio based workshops.



Spend a relaxing but exciting day learning new skills and revisiting old ones. Paper, refreshments and buffet lunch provided. 

£85 for the day


full info below


Buy a voucher for family and friends. They can attend any workshop of their choice anytime over the coming year (or longer if there are lockdown problems). 

£85 including refreshments and paper.



Weekly 2 hour lessons in my studio in Buxton every Thursday. We explore everything from pastels, through to how to draw from life and advanced projects.

Contact me for full details.


personal lessons

Bespoke tuition on a topic of your choice. For indivduals or two people.

For one person: £35 per hour

For two people: £50 per hour



2 hour step by step demos or longer workshops in pastel or charcoal for your art groups or society. Themes to suit your groups topics.

From £150 plus travel



workshops for your art group

Two hour or full day workshop/demo

from: £130 within 20 miles

£170 within 40 miles (plus travel)

£250 within 60 miles (plus travel)

For further distances involving long journey times or overnight stay. 

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Friday 3rd September

Rainy day weather

Explore how to create dramatic dark cloudbursts. We will look at how to build depth in dark cloud as well as how to draw the heavy rain sweeping across hills. We will also explore 

creating distant hills and bright horizons and textured foreground.


Sat. October 30th 2021

Pastels for beginners

Ever wanted to try pastels have tired them found it so hard to recreate some of the effects you've seen? Chances are you need to come along to a beginners session and explore how using different papers to discover all that pastels can offer and how your style can work with them. A fun day of exploration for those new to art or new to the medium. 


Sat. February 5th 2022

Snow in the landscape

Spend a day in the warm studio create chilly snow scenes. Learn about the importance of not using white until the very end, along with trying two different types of surface to explore a variety of textures.

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Wed 18th 2022

Blue Sky Weather

Sometimes white cloud against a blue sky can be the hardest thing to get right. Spend the day exploring creating gorgeous fluffy white clouds against a clear blue sky. What could be better then recreating a summer day?


Sat. October 2nd 2021

Sunsets and the seashore

Learn to create some gorgeous multi coloured skies and how to control your palette when mixing sunset colours from the dramatic to the subtle. We also explore how to use those match those tones in the sea below. FULLY BOOKED

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Sat. November 13th 2021

Wet and dry 

This session will explore using layers of charcoal with pastel and pastel liquefier to create landscapes that capture the mood of the dramatic hills and edges of the Peak District. It's wild and wonderful- be prepared for some happy artistic accidents!


Sat. March 5th 2022

Texture and the Moors

Using Sennelier pastel card, you will learn to create some loose and expressive moorland pieces. This technique is without blending so you will explore using the pastel itself to create a variety of marks and shapes with your layers of colour.


Sat. June 11th and Sun June 12th 2022

Dry Stone Walls- 2 day workshop £170

No we won't be learning how to lay a wall!

But we will be learning how to recreate these wonderful ancient walls that are such a feature of the Peak District with pastel, pastel pencils and charcoal pencil. We need two days to fully explore this intricate and absorbing technique. 


Friday October 15th 2021

Turquoise Seas

We will look at how to use layers of blue to create delicate transparent breaking waves. You will also learn how to show wet sand with foaming water - and the importance of lilac, yellow ochre and green in our seascapes. FULLY BOOKED


Sat. December 4th 2021

Out of the darkness

Wonderful charcoal- so expressive and evocative. Learn how to build layers of charcoal and work with standard and electric erasers. We will also use compressed charcoal and charcoal pencils to build details and textures. With a glimmer of colour.

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Sat. April 2nd 2022

Windy and Wild

Explore using pastels to create sweeping dramatic clouds and wispy edges to show different kinds of windswept clouds. We will look a dark clouds against a pale background as well as white clouds against a blue sky.


Friday July 8th and Sat. July 9th 2022

Exploring Trees- 2 day workshop £170

This two day workshop will give us lots of time to explore creating trees in different ways. We will begin using charcoal and charcoal pencils to explore the wonderful textures. This will be followed by using full colour in another piece to really bring everything to life with detail and movement recreated using pastels and pastel pencils.

workshop information

PLEASE NOTE: to keep you and other participants safe, you must be double jabbed with a Covid 19 vaccine before attending.

Paper and refreshments provided. 

£85 for the day


Sandra Orme Sky Studio, 26 Rock Bank, Buxton. SK17 9JF

Places limited to 6.

PLEASE NOTE: access to the studio is via a short flight of uneven steps with a handrail.

Clients Include:

Unison Colour Pastels

The Ashmolean Musuem

Field Breaks

Brantwood Trust, Conniston

High Peak Commuinity Arts

Buxton Museum and Art Gallery

Derbyshire County Council

Marple Art Society

Stockport Art Guild

Ruffod Art Society

Derby High School

Harpur Hill Primary School

Where to stay

There are many lovely places to stay in beautiful Buxton...but you will be guaranteed a very warm welcome at my friend's newly renovated and luxurious B&B.

2 night stay minimum due to Covid deep cleaning between guests- but you'll find plenty to see and do in the heart of the Peak District..

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