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Drawing from the Masters with Monika Diak

This class is designed to teach drawing skills across a range of media and stylistic approaches through the study of master drawings with a mix of still life, drapery, figure and portrait drawing. This term will focus on masters such as Klimt and Degas among others.

What to expect

  • Each fortnight we will choose a master drawing, study the materials and methods that make it successful and discuss its place within the master’s oeuvre more broadly.
  • In some classes, we will make a direct copy from the drawing, examining the use of materials, processes and composition. Then, in the following class, we’ll do our own drawing in a similar style, implementing what we’ve learnt from the previous week and adapting it to our own individual approaches.
  • This course will not only broaden the student’s approach to process and materials but also teach them methods of studying independently so that they gain the skills to progress on their own.

Is this course right for me?

This course is suitable for enthusiastic beginners to those with prior experience. Beginners will be guided through exercises and those with prior experience will be encouraged to extend their skills with more challenges.

Materials list

Students are recommended to bring:

  • A tablet or similar for viewing reference images when we’re working on copies OR the capacity to do a high quality print out
  • Cartridge paper
  • A2 size thicker smooth drawing paper (at least 220 gsm) suitable for ink wash/watercolour
  • Pencils (2b, 4b 6b)
  • Eraser, kneadable eraser
  • Willow charcoal
  • Black, white and red chalk/conte (not too soft, should be able to hold a sharp line)
  • Black ink and one or two brushes
  • 4 large bulldog clips or masking tape
  • Paper towel, rags, etc

Please also bring sanitizing wipes for cleaning your space at the end of class as a covid-safe measure for other users

Your tutor may suggest bringing additional materials to class throughout the term. They will discuss this with you in class.

NEW Location!

Art Est has moved and our classes will all be delivered in our new, fully airconditioned Studios in the John Street Leichhardt Precinct. We are affectionately calling it East Village Leichhardt, as it’s on the border with Annandale. Click the venue link below for details.

Maximum of 8-12 students in all our classes depending which studio is used. Our class sizes are small, ensuring you receive the individual tuition you need.

Unless otherwise noted, prices exclude art materials.
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$520 $494 Limited inc GST / $468.01
Drawing from the Masters with Monika Diak

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Enrol by 31 January and receive 5% discount on your term fees. Discounts applied at the checkout.

If there isn't a class to suit you, please the waiting list.