5 Day Pastel Challenge: Durdle Door 1


5 Day Pastel Challenge


Nina Squire

Monday 7th – Friday 11th February

Fill the form to join

5 Day Pastel Challenge: Durdle Door 2

Nina Squire

Nina will challenge you to paint the beautiful and well known Dorset scene, Durdle Door, at sunrise.

You will recreate it using several different techniques using soft pastels, both dry and with liquid.

Painting the rocky headland you will explore mark making. You’ll also learn how to layer the pastel in the sparkling seas, and create depth, contrast and interest with the foreground foliage.

With Nina’s daily instructions, advice and demos you’ll be lead from the initial drawing right through to final finishing touches.

How it works...

5 Days

The challenge will run for 5 consecutive days, from Mon 7th - Fri 11th February, and will run in a dedicated Facebook Group.

Open To All

Suitable for beginners, as well as more experienced pastel artists. There's always more to learn from other artists.

Video Demonstrations

Daily instruction is made up of a combination of pre-recorded 10 minute video demo and written guide, posted in the group each day at 6am.

Reference Material Included

There will be reference material and worksheets available to download from the 5 Day Challenge Facebook Group page.

Step by Step Progress

The Challenge will be broken down in stages of creating the painting, which will enable participants to make progress each day.

Stay Motivated

Participants will be able to post their progress in the Facebook Group for commentary. You will be supported by a live on-line Q&A session with Nina at 7pm each evening where Nina will answer your questions.

It's Free!

Yes, completely free! So this is a great opportunity not to be missed.


When you sign up you’ll receive details of the colours Sue recommends for the challenge.

The daily videos are only around 10 minutes long and can be watched at any time.  The worksheets are also available to download at any time, so you should be fine.  There will be lots of people taking part from all around the globe, so you’ll be in good company, wherever you are.

The only part of the day that is fixed, is the Live Q&A sessions, which are held at 7pm (GMT/UTC), but they will be recorded, and again viewable at any time.  If you can’t make the live session, and wish to put a question to Sue, you just need to leave it in the comments section of our post that we put up at 2pm (GMT/UTC) each day, asking for questions.

Facebook provides a free platform to use in a variety of ways, and the 5 Day Challenge suits the platform well.

Probably the best part of using Facebook, is that it also brings together the community in a way that other platforms can’t. Having a community to interact with and share progress, tips and techniques has already proved one of the best motivators, and in our previous 5 Day Challenges, this has been the single most favourite aspect of the experience.

The Facebook Group layout can be a little overwhelming if you’re not familiar with it, but our important posts will always be available in the Announcements section.

There’s also a Files section which is where you’ll be able to get the worksheets.

The main feed is where you’ll see posts from everyone else, and it’s worth having a good look through as you progress through the challenge, to see everyone’s progress.

It will be a great community event, as well as one of personal progression.

The equipment required for the challenge is minimal. The items outlined in the materials guide are considered ‘good to haves’, but you can usually get by with what you already have.  We also announce the challenges far enough in advance for you to buy any items you feel you need.

5 Day Pastel Challenge: Durdle Door 3
5 Day Pastel Challenge: Durdle Door 4