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Drawing Fundamentals for Beginners

Rachel Fairfax
  • Term: Term Four 2017
  • Start Date: 11 Oct 2017
  • End Date: 29 Nov 2017
  • Time: Wednesdays 6pm–9pm
  • Number of Classes: 8
  • Teacher: Rachel Fairfax
  • Level: Beginner
  • Age: All Ages
  • Location: The National Art School
  • Availability: Unavailable

Do you want to learn practical drawing techniques and encourage your creativity to emerge in a supportive studio environment? Discover how to see and draw with proportion and perspective, and how to work from small studies to larger, sustained drawings. Learn about the importance of line, tone, composition and mark-making and explore the different mediums of graphite, charcoal and ink. Rachel Fairfax sets projects and gives you the opportunity to draw still life scenes and work from the life model. She gives demonstrations, group exercises and one-to-one tuition and guides you to develop your own unique way of seeing and drawing.

Rachel Fairfax

Rachel Fairfax is a painter working in the mediums of drawing, painting and ceramics. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts and an Honours Degree in Drawing from the National Art School. She is represented by Stella Downer Fine Art, Sydney, and Harvison Gallery, Perth, and in the past has been represented by Ray Hughes and Defiance galleries. Her exhibitions, residencies and community-based projects have taken her across Australia and overseas. Rachel has been awarded two Reg Richardson Scholarships and been a finalist in many Australian art awards. Named as one of Australia’s leading artists by the Sydney Morning Herald, Rachel exhibits widely and is represented in many public and private collections. Since 2003 she has taught drawing at the National Art School and other colleges of art.

For the first night bring:

  • A4 sketchbook
  • set of graphite pencils from 2B to 8B
  • charcoal pencil
  • pencil sharpener or Stanley knife
  • pencil eraser
  • 2 bulldog clips
  • willow charcoal
  • compressed charcoal
  • cotton rag
  • fixative spray
  • 1 pad of A2 cartridge paper

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

Protective clothing and covered footwear essential