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Drawing your own Visual Language (Evening)

Pam Vaughan
  • Term: Term Two 2018
  • Start Date: 1 May 2018
  • End Date: 19 Jun 2018
  • Time: Tuesdays 6pm–9pm
  • Number of Classes: 8
  • Teacher: Pam Vaughan
  • Level: Intermediate , Advanced
  • Age: All Ages
  • Location: The National Art School
  • Availability: Unavailable

Working from subject matter chosen by you, learn to recognise and develop your personal visual language and is designed for participants already practised in the fundamentals of drawing. Pam Vaughan leads you through a sequence of drawing exercises in which you will become more conscious of your own subjectivity in making creative choices, leading to the production of powerful images. You will be encouraged to explore a range of drawing mediums, techniques and compositional tools and will complete a drawing project of your own design. Through individual and group tuition, demonstrations, and analysis of the work and practices of historical and contemporary artists, you will develop skills that will allow you to reflect insightfully on your own work.

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 focuses primarily on drawing and printmaking, but 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 in 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