Having good basic drawing skills is the foundation to most art disciplines and anyone can learn to draw. This class is suitable for beginners to intermediate students wanting to discover their hidden drawing skills or develop their own technique further using a variety of drawing mediums. Each session will introduce students to new drawing techniques developing essential observational skills and learning about form, tone & rendering styles. Materials used will include graphite, charcoal, conte, pastels, and ink.
Students will be guided through various drawing techniques to improve their drawing skills and gain confidence.
CONTRASTS AND OPPOSITES
During this term we will extend the knowledge introduced and practised in term 1 and 2 and explore new methods, materials and ideas.
Using ‘contrast’ as a starting point, the first 4 classes will allow students to explore light and dark, large and small drawings, different drawing styles and unusual perspectives.
In the last class students will be encouraged to work on a more self-directed drawing developed from experiences in the first four weeks.
A range of artist’s works including The Dobell Drawing Prize 2021, The Adelaide Perry Prize for Drawing 2021, will be referenced to show the endless possibilities of the medium of drawing.
WEEK 1: LIGHT AND DARK
Using a variety of media we will explore ways of using light and dark to create drama and strength in a drawing.
WEEK 2: LARGE AND SMALL
Using a variety of media we will explore enlarging tiny objects and working on a small scale from large objects/still life.
WEEK 3: DETAILED AND LOOSE DRAWING
Using a variety of media we will explore drawing in different styles from large and loose to small and detailed.
WEEK 4: COMPOSITION
Using a variety of media we will investigate non traditional composition and introduce collage.
WEEKS 5 & 6: SELF DIRECTED DRAWING
If desired, students may work on a self-directed project.
A more structured approach, based on some of the previous concepts may suit students.
Materials & Equipment List
- Pencils, a range from H, HB – 2B through to 6B
- Charcoal, sticks and charcoal pencils,
- Conte crayons
- Pastels (small set of range of colours)
- India Ink
- Putty Erasers and Hard Erasures
- Pencil sharpener or Stanley knife
- Paper, A3 drawing pad
- Apron (optional)