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Drawing and Illustration for Beginners | Tania Mason

Have you ever wanted to turn those little drawings and doodles into bigger illustrations? Tania Mason’s 8 week term class is the perfect place to help you get started! This course is for beginners who would like to explore illustration using a range of media. By the end of the course students will have the confidence and knowledge to approach many aspects of illustration, and come away with a definitive style that suits their interests, tastes and purpose.

What is illustration?

Illustration is creating an image to communicate a message or an idea. Illustration can be done in any medium as long as it is a visual representation of something. Examples of where you might find illustration might be in picture books, advertising, magazines, newspapers, instruction manuals, posters for gigs or movies, products like T-shirts or greeting cards and even in fashion and film.

What to expect

Tania will create a warm and inviting introduction to the illustrator’s toolkit. Students will:
· learn to use a variety of materials including: ink, pen, charcoal, watercolour, gouache and mixed media.
· learn fundamentals skills including mark making, creating texture, line, form, outlining, light and shade.
· learn about developing compositions, discuss the importance of storyline, ideas, character and subject matter within the image making process
· learn to embrace happy accidents
· work across a variety of subject matter

Image: Work by Tania Mason and Student Work

Is this course right for me?

Suitable for enthusiastic beginners and anyone who wants to take their drawing skills in another direction.

Materials

Each week students will be introduced to new uses of materials. You will need to bring the following materials, and a list will be supplied at the end of each class for a reminder of what to bring for the next lesson.

Week One
· Lead pencil pack HB/staedtler preferred
· Artline technical drawing system/set of 9 pens (size 0.05 to 0.8)
· 1 Arches or Canson water colour paper pad (185gsm preferred, smooth A3 size)
· cheap sketch pad A3 or A4 size (watercolour preferred )
· Hard Eraser
· Masking tape

Week Two
· Artline technical drawing system/set of 9 pens (size 0.05 to 0.8)
· Bring the previous lesson Arches or Canson water colour paper pad A3
· Hard Eraser
· Masking tape

Week Three

· Winsor and Newton Drawing Inks: black
· Bring previous Artline Pen and Inks from week 1
· Bring the previous lesson Arches or Canson water colour paper pad A3
· Masking tape
· Four little jars with lids
· Rags/old tea towel

Week Four
· Water colour brush set (a mix of round/pointy and flat brushes) (cheap)
· Bring the previous lesson Arches or Canson water colour paper pad A3. **RENEW pad if low on paper
· Water Colour Set: Reeves Water Colour (tube set (cheap) preferred)
· 2 plastic ice cube trays (for your palette of paints)
· Masking tape
· Rags/old tea towel

Week Five
· Gouache Paint tube options: Reeves Gouache set (cheap)
· Bring the previous lesson Arches or Canson water colour paper pad A3.
· cheap sketch pad A3 or A4 size (watercolour preferred)
· Rags/old tea towel
· Masking tape

Week Six
. Using existing Gouache and Watercolour Set
· Bring the previous lesson Arches or Canson water colour paper pad A3. **RENEW pad if low on paper
· 2 plastic ice cube trays (for your palette of paints)
· Masking tape
· Rags/old tea towel

Week Seven and Eight

  • We will go over everything we have learned and choose a favourite medium, so just bring your whole kit.

Our term classes are held in our spacious studios.

Our main studios are air-conditioned for year round comfort, and extra measures are in place for your health and well being.

Please read about our Covid-19 safe measures here.

Fees for adult classes exclude art materials.Click here to see a list of local art supply retailers.

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$460 Limited inc GST
Drawing and Illustration for Beginners | Tania Mason

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Multi-course and sibling discounts available on term courses. Find out more
Price excludes materials | Suitable for beginners and those with prior experience. Suitable for new and continuing students with new processes and projects each term

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Course testimonials:

  • Doing something different ... different materials, different viewpoint, different possibilities.
  • I refreshed a few skills, pushed my boundaries and learnt some new ones too. Got a comprehensive idea how to approach illustration, tried to develop my own style.
  • The wide range of media learned in this classes, open the doors to an infinite world of creativity. From abstract to figurative, black and white or colours, your stories can find a way to be told on paper and not only through this course. Many thanks to Tania Mason and Art Est.