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Dynamic Portraits with Noel Thurgate (4-5 November 2023)


Date 4-5 November 2023
Time 10am-4pm Saturday & Sunday (12 hours)
Location CAW, Studio B
Address 21 Blaxland Crescent Griffith ACT
Class size 12 (13 including tutor and 14 including model)
Price $315 (including GST): CAW Member
$394 (including GST): Non-Member


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Discover the connection between the ‘character’ and the ‘face’.

This 2 day portrait drawing class explores facial structure as well as the body dynamics that give character and life to your subject.

Using basic mediums of pencil, charcoal and wash, participants will investigate their subject via the powerful and effective elements of line and tone.

Day 1: the workshop begins with quick warm up sketches to explore general proportions and structures of the human skull and its relationship to the live subject, followed by a look at some compositional possibilities that the sitter and surroundings may offer.

Day 2: students will undertake more sustained and in depth studies of the head and/or whole or part figure.

Materials list

  • Graphite pencils 
  • Willow charcoal and charcoal pencils 
  • Compressed charcoal
  • Block rubber and soft cloth
  • Good quality drawing paper eg; Stonehenge 150 gsm A2 size or bigger for sustained drawings 
  • A2 Cartridge paper for warm ups and preparatory  drawings

About the tutor

Born in 1955, Noel Thurgate has been exhibiting since 1975, in shows ranging from the Young Contemporaries, The Archibald Prize, Kedumba Drawing Prize and numerous solo and group exhibitions. He is an artist with over 30 years’ experience in teaching drawing, predominantly figure and landscape. This included 9 years as Head of Drawing at the National Art School, Sydney.

He is represented in State, Regional, Institutional and many private collections and was a finalist in the 2017 and 2018 Archibald Prize.

Noel lives and works in Sydney and is currently teaching drawing part-time at the NAS.


Pencils, charcoal

Skill level

All skill levels welcome

Cancellation / Refund Policy

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