Costumed life drawing – Gandalf the Grey

Gandalf the Grey

Gandalf the Grey

Gandalf the grey is coming to The Shire! (the former Pine Rivers Shire, that is)…

This is a costumed life drawing session for young people aged 12 – 17, together with an adult…(gran, mum, dad, aunty, uncle, big sis, etc). 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.

In this session I’ll be supporting you both to develop your observational drawing skills, while also exploring how to create mystery and mood in your drawings, worthy of a middle-earth wizard. After all, it is Gandalf!

Don’t be shy, all levels of skill are welcome, from absolute beginners to world famous artists and everyone in between! Everyone has to start somewhere and with a small group, the atmosphere is friendly, non-competitive and lots of fun.

There are only ten spaces available (five family pairs) so be quick to secure your spot by enrolling below.


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 6 August, 2016, 1pm-3.30pm


Photo of Bunya House

Bunya House

Bunya House, 1167 South Pine Road, Arana Hills.

Complete the contact form below and I’ll send you a map and respond to any questions you may have. Some GPSs and iPhones have a map error, so I want to make sure you know how to find us. Please note that Arana Hills is a north-west Brisbane suburb, near Mitchelton, Ferny Hills, and Everton Hills, about 13km from the city centre.

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.

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.


Please note, this session is now fully booked, but I am taking a wait list.

Please let me know if you are left or right handed:(required)

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