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Drawing your Visual Language

Pam Vaughan
  • Term: Term Four 2017
  • Start Date: 10 Oct 2017
  • End Date: 28 Nov 2017
  • Time: Tuesdays 6pm–9pm
  • Number of Classes: 8
  • Teacher: Pam Vaughan
  • Level: Intermediate , Advanced
  • Age: All Ages
  • Location: The National Art School
  • Availability: Unavailable

Explore a range of drawing media, techniques and compositional tools through guided exercises, starting with the observed subject and connecting to your subjective, interior visual language. Approaches to drawing will include representational, expressive and abstract. This will be supported by discussion of both historical and contemporary practices in drawing. Participants will have the opportunity to develop sustained drawings based on their chosen subject matter, exploring their own visual language. Pam Vaughan provides guided exercises, encourages reflections on your art-making, and provides group critiques and individual tuition.

Pam Vaughan

Pam Vaughan has been a finalist in the Sulman and Dobell prizes, received a national printmaking award and holds postgraduate qualifications in studio practice and teaching. Her practice primarily focuses on drawing and printmaking, and she also explores painting and sculpture. Her artworks reflect an ongoing love of animals, as well as an investigation of dreams and the subconscious, not only regarding subject matter but also in relation to mark-making as a physical and energetic extension of the body. Pam’s latest challenge is in making a visual response to the landscape of the Blue Mountains, where she has recently relocated. In early 2017 she took part in the two-person exhibition Dappled Things, a playful response to donkeys, ducks and goats, at the Blue Mountains Heritage Centre.

Your lecturer will discuss all other materials in the first class; however for the first class bring the following:

For the first night bring the following materials:

  • sketchbook
  • soft pencil: nothing harder than 6B
  • pencil sharpener or Stanley knife, pencil eraser
  • 2 sheets A1 cartridge paper
  • willow charcoal
  • soft compressed charcoal or synthetic charcoal: something really rich and black
  • 2 bulldog clips
  • masking tape
  • cotton rag
  • fixative spray

You will be working from a subject matter chosen by you for the 8 weeks of the course. Please make a decision about this and bring along stimulus material from week 1 that relates to this subject matter. For some of you, this research material may mostly be photographic or two dimensional in nature. However you will be required to include at least one three dimensional object in this research material.

Other materials will be used throughout the course – these will be discussed on the first evening. They will include:

  • scissors
  • paper stump
  • glue stick and PVA glue
  • gesso
  • black ink and brushes/water containers
  • Kraft card
  • watercolour paper


Protective clothing and covered footwear essential