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Alexandra Downes, artist and art lecturer, Frank Joubert Art Centre

This practical drawing course will provide a simple, creative and relaxing introduction to the basic skills of drawing. Designed for beginners or those who believe they can’t draw, it is also suitable for people with some practical drawing experience. The tightly structured course will begin with students becoming familiar with pencils and mark making. Once the essential skills in drawing have been learnt, the class will progress onto observational drawing, exploring contour, negative spaces, form, texture, shading and colour. Traditional methods of working will include observation of objects, the human form, light and shadow, the use of line, measurement, scale, geometry and proportion. Each day a different theme will be explored, as students work to complete a new drawing. Each session will focus on a particular strategy formulated as a project, in order to extend and translate ideas and imagery into personal observation and style. Students will experiment with a variety of techniques using pencils, fineliner pens and crayons, and will be encouraged to explore their personal visions at their own pace. A list of equipment required and directions to the venue will be available on registration.


Course code: 1033

Date & time: 27–31 January 9.30 am–12.30 pm

No admission to single sessions

MAXIMUM 20 participants

Venue: Goldfields Education Centre, Kirstenbosch


Full: R2 125,00

Staff: R970,00

Reduced: R663,00