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The Travel Sketchbook

Pollyxenia Joannou
  • 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: Pollyxenia Joannou
  • Level: All Levels
  • Age: All Ages
  • Location: The National Art School
  • Availability: Unavailable

Learn to use your sketchbook as a way of seeing and interpreting the world as you travel around, from first impressions to sustained studies and finished works in journals. Work from thumbnail sketches to rendered drawings using a range of media, from charcoal and coloured pencils to oil and chalk pastels, inks and watercolours. Pollyxenia Joannou takes you on location around Sydney and teaches you how to transfer the immediate world into visual shorthand with jottings, notations and sketches, and to understand scale, perspective and composition so you can render an accurate and expressive record of your travels anywhere in the world. Classes are held indoors and outdoors (weather permitting) and on campus at the National Art School.

Pollyxenia Joannou

Pollyxenia Joannou’s paintings and sculptures have been exhibited in Australia, England and Europe in numerous solo and group exhibitions. Completing her Masters degree at Central Saint Martins College, London, Polly has taught in the UK and has lectured in painting and drawing at many art schools in Sydney, including Meadowbank TAFE, Design Centre Enmore and the National Art School. She was the winner of the Redland Art Award in 2016 and was awarded the Onslow Storrier Studio Residency at the Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris, in 2017.


  • Gummed-edge A5 and A4 pads of drawing paper/sketchbook and mixed media paper - make sure these are suitable for wet mediums.
  • Sheets of darker paper in black or dark grey. Can be purchased individually as needed throughout the course. Also available in pads at Parkers.

Drawing Materials

  • 1 of each pencil - 2B, 4B & 6B graphite pencils
  • 1 white Conte pencil
  • 1 carbon pencils - recommend Wolfs Carbon Pencil – preferable “soft”
  • 1 drawing felt tip pen (sepia or black)
  • 1 medium sized watercolour brush and basic watercolour paint set
  • A basic pastel set - either oil pastels or chalk pastels
  • 1 spray can of fixative

Drawing Equipment

  • 1 glass or plastic jar with a lid for holding water
  • Small plate or flat surface for mixing water colours. A cheap plastic palette is also suitable.
  • Some old rags or a roll of paper towel
  • Suitable clothing for studio e.g. covered shoes and old shirt or apron, hat, sunscreen etc.
  • The teacher will advise on additional materials as the course progresses

Protective clothing and covered footwear essential