Dynamic Life Drawing #3

Graphite pencil, charcoal, ink, pen, aquarelles

Places are limited to 12 students for all workshops.

M16 Artspace

Studio B

21 Blaxland Crescent Griffith ACT 2604

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15–16 February 2020


Tutor: Noel Thurgate




Explore the inner dynamics of the human form to discover the connection between ‘gesture’ and ‘structure’.

The ability to ‘read the pose’ is a key factor in bringing ‘life’ to your life drawings. During this two day workshop, the inner dynamics of the human will be explored to discover the connection between ‘gesture’ and ‘structure’. Via quick sketches and sustained studies using a variety of mediums, beginning with charcoal and graphite, a greater understanding of the expressive qualities of line and tone will be developed. Fundamental elements used by the great artists for centuries will be explored.

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.

Cancellation / Refund Policy

If you find you are no longer able to attend:
Please advise [email protected] ASAP so we can notify the next in line.
Please include your name and the name of the workshop/event.
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

Day One
We will work with very basic dry mediums: graphite pencil, willow charcoal and charcoal pencil. Emphasis will be on line and linear exploration.

Day Two
We will expand into water based mediums: brush and ink, pen and wash, aquarelles.

Essential materials

  • 4B or 6B graphite pencils
  • willow charcoal 6 to 8 mm thick (not too thin)
  • medium to soft charcoal pencils
  • block rubber
  • A2 Cartridge paper pad: this workshop will involve a lot of quick drawing so a good quantity of paper is essential. 
  • additional A1 or A2 cheap paper (newsprint or  butchers paper)

Optional materials

  • water soluble graphite block or pencil
  • black ‘aquarelle’ pencil or crayon, OR Artgraf Carbon Block black (water soluble)
  • 25mm flat soft brush suitable for watercolours or ink


  • a medium sized soft, round ‘Chinese’ brush (not bristle brushes used for oil painting)
  • conte pencils
  • 2 small containers for water and mixing
  • A2 or A3 Pad suitable for pen and wash or watercolour.

Materials supplied by the tutor

Noel will bring a supply of black ink as well as an assortment of brushes suitable for this type of drawing. The brushes will be on loan.


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