Drawing Week

Every February we kick-start our academic year with the Margaret Olley National Art School Drawing Week.

This dynamic program of intensive drawing is fertile ground for the development of ideas, projects, skills and processes that often forms the basis for students’ studio practices throughout the year.

In 2016, approximately two hundred and fifty students participated in a diverse program of intensive studio and site-specific drawing projects at locations including the historic township of Hill End to Sydney Harbour’s Goat Island, The University of Sydney’s Vet Science Laboratory and the National Art School campus. Each workshop provides scope for students to start the year with a full immersion in the process of looking at, thinking about and making drawings.

For the first time we included projects based around animation and performance, and we had lecturers visiting from ANU in Canberra and ACSA in Adelaide. Many of our postgraduate students and recent graduates also gained valuable experience from volunteering as interns.

The Margaret Olley National Art School Drawing Week is made possible by the generous support of the Margaret Olley Trust