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This course provides an introduction to a range of drawing skills and materials required to produce representational drawings. Fun and challenging exercises will encourage students to develop their skills and personal style in a supportive learning environment. Students will draw from still-life arrangements in the studio to tune their observation skills, establish proportions, explore tone and shading, create mood and investigate ways to create the illusion of space in their drawings.

Class details

4 sessions:
Tuesdays 6.00PM-9.00PM: 06/05/14 to 27/05/14

Venue: CAE Building A - 21 Degraves St, Melbourne

Teacher: Noel Skrzypczak

Full Fee: $319.00 - Concession: $309.00 - Code: HXP68204
Additional costs may be incurred for course materials or required textbooks. Please enquire on enrolment.

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Session 1: Flattening Space and shading
- Discuss materials list
- Introduction to seeing the world in 2D
- Establishing proportions
- Explore materials and methods of creating tone
- How to use tone to create volume and space
- Still life drawing with shading

Session 2: Space and Mood
- Explore ways to create drama and mood in your drawing.
- Explore the effects of different types of composition
- Still life drawing with expressive intent
- Introduction to linear perspective and other ways to create the illusion of space
- Still life drawing with spatial devices


Students will explore and develop some key concepts and skills involved in understanding and making drawings through a series of observational drawing exercises. Students will develop the ability to structure representational drawings that incorporate a selection of drawing implements and mediums.

Who would find this course useful?

Aimed at complete beginners, those with some basic experience of drawing and anyone interested in improving their drawing skills.

What you should bring

Students are required to bring materials to this course, for all the basics materials will cost approximately $50, though you may already own some of the items on the list. A comprehensive list will be supplied at enrolment, in the meantime if you would like any further information on materials requirements please call Customer Service on 9652 0611.

About Noel Skrzypczak

Noël Skrzypczak has been practising as an artist for over 10 years, making paintings on canvas, wall-paintings and sculptural installations. Though she is mostly known for a flowing, abstract style she is also an accomplished realist painter and is experienced in using oil, acrylic and watercolour paint.

Noël completed a Visual Arts degree at the Australian National University School of Art, Canberra, including a semester at The School of Art Institute of Chicago, USA. Her work has been featured on ABC TV and in the print media including Art & Australia, Australian Art Collector, and Vogue Living.

She has been included in numerous group exhibitions across Australia and New Zealand, and her recent solo exhibitions include: 'Talking to Strangers' at Heide Museum of Modern Art and 'In the Woods' at Neon Parc gallery in Melbourne. Examples of Noël's work can be viewed at