Workshop: Portrait #1 with Noel Thurgate

Graphite pencil, charcoal, ink, pen, aquarelles

Places are limited to 12 students for all workshops.

Learn from an Archibald artist to discover the connection between the ‘character’ and the ‘face’

M16 Artspace

Studio B

21 Blaxland Crescent Griffith ACT 2604

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20–21 March  2021


Tutor: Noel Thurgate




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.

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.
Hi is currently teaching drawing P/T at the NAS, Noel lives and works in Sydney.

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If you find you are no longer able to attend:
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Refunds will be given at CAW’s discretion, if:
The participant withdraws from the event or workshop at least 14 days prior to commencement.
The place can be filled by someone on the waiting list.
The workshop is cancelled by CAW.

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 

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