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Learn to draw realistically


When you look at someone, you are looking at how the features are situated in the face, their size and proportion in relation to each other and the head. Next term Lisa will be running several different drawing classes, each with a different focus. Please see more detailed description below. In each class you will be going through some exercises to help train your hand eye co-ordination, and look at how tonal values, contrast, edges and shadows all combine to give you a great result.

Light and shadow affects how we see the eyeball, the skin and hair surrounding the eye. We will look at eyes in the various stages of life from infants to the elderly. 

Mouth & Noses
Light and shadow affects how we perceive the features, and we will look at noses and lips in the various stages of life from infants to the elderly.

In this workshop we will spend some time going over the features and proportions for drawing a portrait from life, and the last two hours will be working from a live model.

Lisa will provide handouts and some subjects to draw to cater for all levels, from beginner to advanced.

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. 


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

What to bring

A4 or A3 drawing pad

6B graphite pencil

A kneadable eraser

About the Tutor

A former artist-in-residence at Dunmoochin, Lisa is a past participant of the Nillumbik Artists Open Studios program, and has taken part in exhibitions locally and interstate, as well as being a finalist in several art prizes. She has been teaching at the community level for several years now, and has had much success with her teaching methods.

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Upcoming Workshops

Name Location Date Cost
Learn to draw realistically - portraits Eltham Wednesday 6 December 2023, 9:30AM - 2:30PM $120.00

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