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Select your workshop from the list below and spend a relaxing but exciting day learning new skills and revisiting old ones. Paper and refreshments  provided. 

£85 for the day


full info below

Treat your loved one to a day n the Sandra Orme Sky Studio

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2 hour step by step demos or half day/full day workshops in pastel or charcoal for your art groups or society. Themes to suit your group and  a range of topics available.


From £150 plus travel


One-to-one or with friends- book your own personal art lessons in the studio. From £35 per hour.


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. 

Book me for your art organisation.

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


Epic Skies at

The Ashmolean Museum 

28/29th April

The epic work of great romantic painters, like JMW Turner and John Martin weave myths into carefully observed dramatic sky and landscapes.  Spend two days following in their footsteps as we create our own mythical, wild and beautiful land and sky scape, in pastel, inspired by both reality and legend.


Breaking waves and seascapes 

one-day workshop 

Saturday 10th June

Spend the day in the studio creating beautiful  turquoise seas with breaking waves. You will learn how to build layers of pastel to evoke the transparent yet 3D effects of a cresting wave. You will explore adding final touches of white to add foam and spray details.

£85 including most materials and refreshments.


Sunset skies

one-day workshop

Saturday 9th September

At my studio in Buxton, learn to build layers of colour to create a dramatic and vivid sunset sky. We will explore how to control colour mixing, the importance of bridging colours, and how to build mark making to create the colour filled clouds.

£85 including most materials and refreshments

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An introduction to pastels

one-day workshop

Friday 29th September

For those new to art, or just new to pastels, we will explore how I work with pastels and use three different types of pastel paper. This will allow you to experiment with layers and mark-making as well as applying and controlling colours. 

£85 including materials and refreshments

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Beginners guide to creating clouds

one-day workshop 

Friday 6th October

The prefect follow up course to my Introduction to Pastels workshop. Also suitable for those new to working on skies or struggling with the challenge of creating realistic clouds. In this workshop, we will explore using my layering technique to create a variety of different cloud types - from fluffy cumulous to wispy cirrus clouds. 

£85 including most materials and 



Cloudbursts and rain

one-day workshop 

Friday 3rd November 

Spend the day exploring wild weather and how to create those dramatic autumn and winter stormy clouds. We will build layer of colour to create dark and sweeping clouds along with learning how to create those beams of light and cloudburst

effects along with landscape contours and shadows.

£85 including most material and 



Wet effects with pastel and charcoal

one-day workshop

Friday 17th November

Some pastel papers will allow you to work over the surface using water and pastel liquifier. This is an exciting way of working with the materials. Outcomes are often expressive and semi abstract pieces that capture the atmosphere of wild weather and landscapes. Come prepare to play and enjoy the day!

£85 including most materials and refreshments 

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Exploring Trees in pastel and charcoal.

two-day workshop

20/21st April


15th & 16th June

Spend two days in the studio crafting beautiful detailed trees using two differing techniques. We will work with both pastels and charcoal, on two different surfaces and you will develop advanced ways of working with these delicate techniques. £170 for two days. Materials and refreshments provided.


£85 for the day


access to the studio is via a set of uneven stone steps with a handrail.

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


Places limited to 6


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 award winning and luxurious B&B.

2 night stay minimum- but you'll find plenty to see and do in the heart of the Peak District..

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