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Life drawing co-op



Join this relaxed, friendly group of artists for regular sessions working with a life model.  Artists of all levels of experience, including complete beginners, are welcome to work in the media of their choice. Sessions are untutored but plenty of encouragement, lively discussion, and advice are available.

The usual structure involves short, warm-up poses and then the selection of a longer pose to be maintained for the remainder of the session (with breaks as appropriate). This allows artists the opportunity to work for a sustained period on a single piece or make several attempts incorporating various approaches, media, and points of view.

Life models for all sessions are included in the cost. 

Participants have the opportunity to exhibit in our end of year diversARTy exhibition at Eltham Library Gallery to celebrate their achievements with friends and family.

This course is open to people aged 18 years and over. 
Places may be available in this course after the start date. Please contact us to enquire: 9433 3744

Please read the Life Drawing Code of Conduct prior to attending your first session: Life Drawing Code of Conduct (PDF) / Life Drawing Code of Conduct (screen reader accessible version).


This course is held at our Eltham centre - 739 Main Road.

What to bring

  • Bring your own art materials.
  • Easels, backing boards, and side tables are provided.
Victorian Artists Supplies, 715 Main Road, Eltham will give a 10% discount on purchases to those enrolled in a Living & Learning Nillumbik course.

About the co-op coordinator

Palma Ragno is a local artist with a lifelong interest in the figure, relationships, and the nuances of psychological and social narratives. She loves to share her deep appreciation for a broad range of artistic perspectives and her extensive knowledge of drawing and painting media. She is a passionate advocate for the collaborative practice of working with live models and served for several years as a co-ordinator for Life Drawing at Candlebark Art Space (Research, VIC). 

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Upcoming Workshops

Name Location Date Cost
Life drawing co-op - Thu eve Eltham Thursday 5 Oct - 7 Dec 2023, 7:30PM - 9:30PM $255.00

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  • Diamond Creek
  • 119 Cowin Street
  • Diamond Creek 3089

  • Eltham
  • 739 Main Road
  • Eltham 3095

  • Panton Hill
  • 18 Bishops Road
  • Panton Hill 3759

  • Nillumbik Shire Council trading as Living &
  • Learning Nillumbik, Registered Training
  • Organisation No. 3989, ABN 64 487 894 794

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