Margaret Glass tutors in Suzhou, China

Margaret describes her invitation and experiences in China:

'At the beginning of the year I was asked by the French Pastel society if I would like to go to China to tutor three two-day courses in pastel. It was an opportunity that I couldn't refuse, so the middle of July found me at the Ming Jia Art Education Centre in Suzhou, China. Suzhou is a vey large modern city about one and a half hours drive from Shanghai. In the summer the temperatures are very high and it reached forty degrees one day! My students, all I sixty five of them, were Art teachers, Secondary students and Primary students from Beijing.

There is a growing passion for pastel in China and Simon at the Jai Ming Art Education Centre is at the forefront of this. I was greeted enthusiasm and afforded great hospitality. My students were keen to learn more, as most of them had only been using pastel for about a year or so. I was supplied with a basic set of seventy two pastels and paper, the same as the students. This was somewhat limiting and a bit of a challenge for me as it wasn't what you might call a landscape range.

Next to the Education Centre is the Ming Art Gallery where, throughout the summer, there is an international exhibition of pastel paintings. This exhibition was reviewed in a national art paper, so the medium is getting the publicity it fully deserves.
I was delighted to be able to participate in a small way and be involved in the growing awareness of the pastel medium'.


Featured Artist

Jenny Halstead
Halstead Jenny Afternoon Doze La Gomera sized

 ' Afternoon Doze '
Jenny Halstead

Jenny Halstead PS FMAA

Biographical Details:

After studying Art & Design at Sutton & Cheam School of Art and a guest scholarship to the Royal Academy Schools, Jenny went on to train as a medical artist, illustrating surgery and anatomy. She worked in London Teaching Hospitals, before turning freelance and publication work in both medicine and natural history.

Breaking away from this discipline over a decade ago to return to the freedom of painting and developing her own work as well as teaching.


The Pastel Society
Chelsea Arts Society

Scholarships, Awards, Prizes:

Caran D'Ache Award 2017


Pastel Society, Mall Galleries, London
Reading Guild of Artists
Henley Guild of Arts & Crafts
Whiteknights Studio Trail
Art in Hospital RBH
Chelsea Art Society
Regatta – Henley
John Noott Gallery, July 2017

Solo Exhibitions:

'The Artist's Year in the Harris Garden' – at the Museum of English Rural Life, Reading – 24 May - 30 June 2013

Silchester – Life on the Dig
at the Old Fire Station Gallery, Henley-on-Thames
Saturday 24 October - Tuesday 3 November 2015

Articles & Publications:

Pushing the Limits – Jenny Halstead
by Anne Hevener, The Pastel Journal (USA) – December 2011

Large, Loose and Colourful – Jenny Halstead
by Ken Gofton, The Artist - March 2012

The Not So Secret Garden – Jenny Halstead
Berkshire Life – May 2013

An Artist in the Garden – Jenny Halstead
The Artist – May 2013

'The Artist's Year in the Harris Garden' – published by Two Rivers Press – May 2013

Invited Artist in Residence – Silchester excavation
(The Roman town of Calleva Atrebatum)

Silchester - Life on the Dig
by Jenny Halstead & Michael Fulford
published by Two Rivers Press, October 2015

Artist invited to record a year in the life of The High Sheriff of Berkshire 'A Chain of Office' 2016/2017



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