Costumed Life Drawing for young people

Mary Reed 1690-1721

Mary Reed 1690-1721

Ahoy me buckos! We have a scurvy Lady Pyrate threatening to wreak havoc in Arana Hills on election day!

This costumed life drawing session is tutored and it will be heaps of fun. It costs $55 for the two of you (young people aged 12 – 17, together with an adult…gran, mum, dad, aunty, big sis, cuz, someone fantastically fun to be with)…If you fall outside this age range, let me know. I don’t discriminate. I know there are young people as old as 90

The session is from a series of Saturday classes for young people and their favourite adults. It’s a chance to do something creative together that will support your skills to stretch and grow. Life drawing is a fabulous brain-workout that sharpens observation and helps develop fluid, expressive drawing skills.

During the session I’ll find out where each of you are at, and where you want to go in your drawing adventure. I’ll then work with you to build your skills, while you develop your personal style. All levels of skill are welcome, from absolute beginners to world famous artists and everyone in between!

A maximum of ten people will attend, so the atmosphere will be friendly, non-competitive and fun.


Young people aged between 12 and 17 accompanied by an adult. If you would like to join but fall outside this age range, contact me for a chat.


Session outline: The afternoon has two parts:

1pm: images and discussion – looking at diverse approaches to drawing, identifying drawing interests and exploring techniques.

1.30-3.30pm: drawing the model who will do a mix of short and longer poses in character and in costume

There will be a short tea break half-way through the life drawing session.


Saturday 2 July 2016 1pm-3.30pm


Bunya House, Arana Hills. Complete the contact form below and I’ll send you the address and a map and respond to any questions you may have.

How much?

$55 for the two of you. Classes need a minimum of three pairs of people to go ahead and the room only holds ten people, so it is important to enrol using the contact form below. Be quick – there are already a few bookings for this session!

What to bring?

Easels and drawing boards are provided. I offer A2 sized cartridge paper at cost – 25cents/sheet (not acid free). Apart from that, please bring your own paper and drawing materials. Here’s a suggested list:

  • Paper: preferably A2 sized – or larger – cartridge paper, and/or craft paper (both these can be bought in single sheets or in pads), and you may want some butchers paper or similar for warm up drawings.
  • Tools: a mix of media is useful, such as a range of pencils (2B, 4B, 6B, 9B), charcoal (which comes in willow, compressed and pencil forms), conte sticks (compressed ochres and pigments – harder than pastels). You may want to bring a kneadable eraser (for lifting pigment off the page) and a regular eraser. For sharpening your pencils you will need a stanley knife or cutter and a little container for shavings. You may also want to experiment with water soluble graphite or inks. You can also experiment with a range of non-traditional materials, mixing drawing with collage for example and using all sorts of interesting tools.
  • Fixative: spray ‘workable’ fixative stabilises charcoal and pastel drawings. Only buy it if you think you will be doing a lot of charcoal or pastel drawings. Please note that it should never be used inside the studio for workplace health and safety reasons. If you want to use it, please spray your drawings using the table outside the building.


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