Judy Drew | Canberra Art Workshop March 2018

JUDY DREW Workshop – Portraits from Life

by | 9 Dec 2017 | Special Tutored Workshops

Sat-Sun: 17-18 MAR 2018
CAW Studio
M16 Artspace, 21 Blaxland Cres, Griffith ACT

$332 Members*
$415 Non Members
Includes model fees and refreshments.

BYO lunch.

Best suited for Intermediate-Advanced skills.



Charcoal and pastel are expedient media to describe passing moments. Judy’s lessons can be applied to all life capturing portraits in any media.

The workshop will begin with a brief talk and demonstration working from a life model. We will be fine tuning our powers of observation. We will also be looking at ways to create a sense of drama with different use of lighting and creating variations in the charcoal surface with a kneadable rubber. We will attempt quick gestural poses and a long pose.

We will begin with a discussion about the works of Post Impressionist Artists and the influence of Japanese Art on their work and a demonstration with our model. Working on Black Mei Teinte textured paper, the group will start to build up fine layers of colour. We will discuss colour choices, creating a strong composition, capturing a likeness and introducing a more contemporary feel through simplification of shapes.



After studying graphic art in Melbourne, Judy Drew moved to Bougainville Island for nine years. Her oil paintings, pastels and watercolours of the local people established her reputation as a  fine artist. Upon returning to Australia, and for the past thirty years, she has produced both figurative and still life works.

Influence of Japanese art on the post impressionists has lead to a gradual change in her style; using simplified colour and shape to create a more contemporary edge. Judy’s work glows with an intensity of colour rarely seen in pastels. Represented by Melbourne Fine Art Gallery her work is in high demand by investors, galleries and private collections worldwide.




Register by sending your name. membership status, amount to pay and contact details to eventscaw@gmail.com. Reference DREW WORKSHOP as Subject. Successful applicants will be emailed payment details, others will go on wait list, until registration closes. A Materials List will be sent on receipt of payment.

*Member price applies to CAW & ASOC financial members.



posted 11/02/18

  • A few sheets of cartridge paper
  • Compressed charcoal
  • Kneadable rubber
  • Firm rubber
  • 2 or 3 sheets black Mei Teinte pastel paper (sandpaper type)
  • A small range of flesh toned hard conte pastels including: flesh/ochre/grey/black/white (see example below)
  • A range of soft coloured pastels for clothing/background (NOT oil pastels)
  • A hand held mirror
  • Fixative
  • Paper stumps for blending
  • Wet Ones (for hands – and to clean working surface)
  • Padded support for your paper (several large sheets of paper or a sheet of foam core works well)
  • bulldog clips or masking tape
  • soft rag
  • Note taking paper/pen

Please note: This is a full workshop with 12 workstations, plus Judy’s, around the model. This means there will be room to set up only one small folding tray table next to your easel/donkey. All your supplies will need to be contained on that surface. Bags/purses/supplies unable to be tucked under your easel/donkey/table can be stowed behind the model stand. It is important to have clear passage around the room, so that Judy can easily access each person and we can also move about without disturbing other artists.

Workstations will be set up AFTER Judy completes each morning demo session, so please do not pull out easels/donkeys or tables prior to that. We will have seats set up around her easel waiting for you upon arrival.

Please arrive at least 15 minutes early to ensure we can begin on time without interruption. Late arrivals are asked to take seats at the back. During tea time, it is suggested conversations are taken out into the hallway, to allow easy access to coffee/tea/refreshments which can become quickly congested otherwise.

We are looking forward to welcoming Judy to our studio and a pleasurable learning experience for all attendees.

Photos for CAW use will be taken during the workshop. If you do not wish to be photographed, please step out of camera range and kindly notify the photographer.