Introduction to Drawing with Archie Barry

Introduction to Drawing with Archie Barry

Main Studio - 544 Glenhuntly Road, Elsternwick VIC 3185




Please walk through the front reception area to the back studio on the ground floor.

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THURSDAYS 7:00pm - 9:00pm


This course is designed for beginner students and artists who wish to learn how to draw what is seen. Covering a range of important basic processes and techniques this course will set you up with enough tools to create finished drawings and with the information on how to develop those skills through practice.

THU 20/04/2017 7:00pm-9:00pm Learning about Negative Space
Learning how to see and shift the perception of what one sees is one of the most important parts of learning to draw. In this class students will undertake a number of interesting processes to translate what is seen into articulate drawings of objects.
THU 27/04/2017 7:00pm-9:00pm Introduction to Composition in Drawing
Using the negative space techniques introduced in the first lesson, students will learn how to “plot” important points in a picture plane by making marks that signify where important lines begin and end. This understanding helps artists make compositional decisions.
THU 04/05/2017 7:00pm-9:00pm Line and Contour in Drawing
Students will learn about "the economy of line" and contour (line) drawing. This creative approach opens the doors to using observation and expression in drawing.
THU 11/05/2017 7:00pm-9:00pm The Illusion of Space in Drawing
Students will be introduced to the concept of foreshortening through studying examples of figurative paintings by Mantegna and Michelangelo. Students will practice drawing from a reference photo of a simple object at an extreme angle (for example a shoe viewed from the front of the toe), focussing on contour shapes, beginning with a negative space drawing and then working from foreground to background.
THU 18/05/2017 7:00pm-9:00pm Learning about Tone and Shade
Students will begin by creating a tonal scale, crosshatching with 4B pencils and blending their scale with a smudge stick to create a smooth texture. Students will be given a simple set-up of a still life object (a jug or cup) under strong lighting, and begin by creating a negative space drawing, then work into this drawing with tone by applying the cross-hatching and blending method, working from shadows up to highlights. Students will be shown how to visually cross-reference tones within the still life.
THU 25/05/2017 7:00pm-9:00pm Figure Drawing - Lesson 1
Working from a range of photographic references of seated figures, students will be shown key techniques to quickly sketch the human figure including evaluation of height and width of the pose, boxing the figure from the start, drawing angles for shoulders, hips and knees, using background elements as compositional devices to assist in judging proportions and assessing how the figure supports its own weight to avoid skewing the form.
THU 01/06/2017 7:00pm-9:00pm Figure Drawing - Lesson 2
Students will be shown how to draw shadows as shapes. Students will create A2 charcoal drawings from figurative reference images of Max Dupain photographs that feature high contrast, developing drawings that have stark contrast and dynamic shadow areas. Students will then be asked to recognise secondary shadow areas, to develop images that have shadow, midtones and highlights.
THU 08/06/2017 7:00pm-9:00pm Life Drawing
For this final lesson students will work with a life model. A range of timed poses and exercises will consolidate prior learning: negative space drawing, plotting significant points to build a composition, boxing the figure, drawing angles for shoulders, hips and knees, utilising background scenery to build correct proportions and finally building tone and three-dimensionality by drawing shadow shapes.

Important to know

Please remember to wear old clothing and shoes to class as paints and other art materials may stain clothing.

Students are required to bring or purchase their own materials for this course. Material kits are available to puchase through our website. Kits purchased through the school are priced with a 20% discount, and can be picked up at the beginning of the first class. If you do not require the full material kit, individual items can be purchased in person at the studio. Please contact our office if you need a material list emailed to you.

Before confirming your enrolment, please read the terms and conditions on our check out page thoroughly.