See Below for more information on  “See Better, Draw Better” and “Pastel Pencils”

See Better, Draw Better

Instructor: Hilda Van Netten


Date: Saturday, October 21st, 2017

10:00am – 4:00pm


Drawing skills can be learned!


Listen to what previous workshop participants say about Hilda Van Netten’s one day workshops:


“What a wonderful one-day class! I used to sketch, years ago, but was stuck and couldn’t get started again. Hilda’s class enabled me to see that I can draw and that I enjoy it. I don’t know how she imparted so much information without overloading us. I am looking forward to taking another class at the Painted Tree. Many thanks!” Elizabeth

“When I got home and displayed my work, the comment was “you drew that!”  Exceeded my expectations as well.”  J.G.

“A great workshop made learning new skills enjoyable and non threatening.”  A.B.

Hilda is a warm, welcoming and knowledgeable instructor.  She immediately puts you in your comfort zone.  No matter what your level of expertise you will benefit from this workshop.  E.F.

We’ve expanded the one day workshop to a two day one.  Two days of learning to see so that you will be able to draw anything.  You will learn by doing.  There will be some interactive activities like making “blind portrait sketches” of each other.  Mostly, you will progress at your own speed through the activities.  We will take advantage of the loveliness of downtown Cobourg and go outside to sketch.  Bring your lawn chair and a sketchbook or board to place your drawing paper on.   It’s going to be fun!

If you’ve taken a drawing workshop in the past from Hilda, she will accommodate you and you can begin a drawing (either from your own black and white photographs (bring 5 or 6) or ones she will provide.)  No need to go back to basics for you!

What Do I need to bring?  All of the items below can be purchased before the workshop at The Painted Tree.  Come early and find what you need.  We’ll help!

A few good quality drawing pencils i.e. a 2B, 4B and 8B in brands like Staedtler, Koh-i-noor, or woodless graphite pencils.

A better quality sketchbook in a size you like i.e. Robert Bateman or some sketch paper

1 Staedtler Mars eraser

some blending stomps (tortillons)

Looking forward to drawing with you!


Pastel Pencils

Instructor: Hilda Van Netten

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Date: Saturday, November 11th

10:00am – 4:00pm


Learn the basics of using versatile chalk-pastel pencils.  If you want to try a new medium, this may be the one for you!  They can be layered! They can be erased!!!
It’s recommended that you come with some basic drawing skills.  Hilda will guide you along as you learn by doing.


  • Pastel pencils – either Conté (available at The Painted Tree) or bring your own
  • Pastel paper – Canson Mi-Teintes (available at The Painted Tree) or Canson Suede
  • 1 Staedtler Mars eraser – (available at The Painted Tree)
  • minimum 1 stomp (tortillion) smudger (available at The Painted Tree)
  • your lunch/drink or enjoy lunch at one of Cobourg’s charming restaurants


To see more from Hilda, visit her website: http://hildavannetten.com/


Please note: Due to staff sensitivities to fragrances, please refrain from wearing perfume to class. Thanks!