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Drawing and Memory

Chelsea Lehmann
  • Term: Autumn Weekend Workshops 2018
  • Start Date: 19 May 2018
  • End Date: 20 May 2018
  • Time: Sat & Sun, 9:30AM - 4:30PM
  • Number of Classes: 2
  • Teacher: Chelsea Lehmann
  • Level: All Levels
  • Age: All Ages
  • Location: The National Art School
  • Availability: Unavailable

Memory is a creative act, constructed through recollection and imagination. Learn how drawing can be utilised to interpret and represent different aspects of memory, using found images and personal narratives. Explore concepts of memory using various processes and materials of drawing, focusing particularly on layering and erasing. Chelsea Lehmann introduces methods which will enable you to investigate different aspects of memory, such as social memory, false memory, physical memory, lapsed memory, amnesia or trauma, presence and absence. You will learn how to reflect on personal experiences that can be contextualised within a broader collective or cultural memory. As a starting point, bring a selection of images or personal or found photographs and objects that are appropriate to your interests, memories and narratives.

Chelsea Lehmann

Chelsea Lehmann holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from UNSW Art & Design and is currently undertaking a Doctoral degree. She exhibits regularly in a national context and is an experienced lecturer, having taught at the Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide Central School of Art, the University of South Australia, UNSW Art & Design and the National Art School.


  • 5-10 sheets of A1 size drawing paper, choose from either litho paper or butchers paper or cartridge paper
  • 1-2 sheets of A1 or A2 coloured Canson paper in colours such as: creams, light greys or other pale colours and/or in mid-tones such as sand, red earth, Hemp, light Green or light blue
  • 1-2 sheets of A1 size quality paper in any kind of white (e.g. brand by Fabriano, Stonehenge, hot or cold pressed drawing/ or watercolor papers)


  • A range of charcoals including: willow charcoal, compressed charcoal or charcoal-pencils
  • Lead or Progresso pencils 2B, 4B (one of each)
  • Kneadable eraser (putty eraser)
  • Plastic eraser such as Staedtler Mars or equivalent
  • Ruler, pencil sharpener, cutting blade, scissors


  • Coloured pencils in a range of different colours
  • Pastel pencils, soft pastels or coloured chalks (not oil pastels)
  • Black drawing ink
  • If using ink bring a selection of flat, round, and pointed brushes and/or Chinese calligraphy brushes of different widths
  • Traditional ink drawing nibs
  • Water containers for ink drawings
  • Folder for transporting drawings

Protective clothing and covered footwear essential