Margaret Olley Drawing Week 2020 online exhibition: Click below for issuu catalogue
In March this year the NAS Collection had a unique donation from the estate of former student and teacher Tom Thompson (1923-2019). Tom constantly drew the NAS site, using maps and buildings to tell its history. Taking on the idea of mapping the site, students will be shown Tom’s original drawings and watercolours as a starting point for this project.
As the title implies the drawings for this workshop are to be exclusively about and of the Sydney Opera House.
Located on site at the Coal Loader, Waverton, this workshop will allow for diverse drawing explorations, taking the harbourside environment as stimulus.
Where does an artist start? An idea, a place, a favourite object or form, materials, or a deeper question of how to engage, push, explore, investigate and research towards a project? How does an idea evolve? The beginning is to look, record, document and experience the act of drawing from something simple to the sustained engagement with a purposeful act of inquiry.
This workshop is an opportunity to work and exhibit in the professional environment of Articulate project space with two of Articulate’s key artist-directors.
This workshop explores the relationship between drawing and video by thinking about transformations in scale and composition that can occur when working between mark making and moving images.
In this 4-day intensive, students will focus on drawing from life as a direct examination of one’s perception. Students will come to understand more deeply their relationship to the experience of the world around them. Discussions, materials and individual work with the instructor will broaden the students’ visual vocabulary. Their knowledge of the interaction of the picture plane, along with various strategies to help explore the pictorial elements of drawing, will be the basis of the class and is anticipated that it will expand the student’s drawing practice.
This workshop provides an opportunity for students to work intensively in a book format over four days, at locations around Sydney’s CBD and inner suburbs.
During this 4 day workshop students will discover clay’s potential for direct expression. Creating slabs of clay to manipulate and draw on, using your hands and bodies, there is the possibility for something intangible to arise. Through gesture, mark making and metaphor a new language arises that allows the clay to let one’s body speak.
Based at Hill End, a four hour drive from Sydney, you will be able to identify and develop your own projects in response to this historic gold mining precinct, with the Sacred Heart Church serving as a studio base.
Whether you’re interested in the physical spaces of libraries, the knowledge that they store or the systems that libraries use for organising information, this project will let you spend four days in the magnificent State Library of NSW. You will have the opportunity to draw in the historic Mitchell Library as well as the intriguing modern sections of architecture that make up the complex. Library staff will introduce you to the vast wealth of geographic maps, architectural plans, historic prints, photographs and drawings as well as archives of the personal papers of significant Australian artists.
This drawing workshop will explore composition as a process of improvising from a source. Students will be encouraged to extend their visual thinking in response to the stimulus of Renaissance paintings: finding shapes and groupings of forms, transposing these to other scales and compositional formats, and taking a layered approach to materials, to develop autonomous images.
This workshop will ask students to consider contemporary portraiture using a series of structured exercises and readings that examine the critical and nuanced relationships between artist, sitter and art object through the act of portraiture.
This workshop invites you to discover the power of light to transform the everyday world into poetic, hand-crafted photo-based images. Use collected objects to explore how juxtaposing, sequencing and layering leads to an exciting relationship between abstraction and representation, and how these practices are informed by early photographic techniques.
In this workshop we’ll dissect the sleight of hand – and hard work – behind the magic that is animation.
Watercolour is a sensuous and temperamental medium. It can be tightly controlled or, when given the chance, have a life of its own. It can be vibrant or restrained, delicate or bold, a quiet whisper or a violent scream.