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The Essentials of Drawing

A double whammy drawing workshop with Merry Robertson

November 7, 2020 @ 9:30 am November 8, 2020 @ 4:00 pm

So what kind of drawing appeals to you? A “Let me loose… it doesn’t matter how it comes out because I am just enjoying playing.” Or a “I want to make it look like it really is.” Perhaps you would like to have a go at both? In this weekend workshop you will be able to choose what interests and excites you. Do just one day or do both days and receive a discount.

Day One (Saturday – The rules of good drawing and Still Life)
Explore what makes a drawing realistic including perspective and shading. Then work on either a still life piece or a building to take home. Handouts containing all the essential information will be provided too.

Day Two (Sunday – Free drawing and Portraits)
Let your heart and your mind free. Discover lines, textures and different mediums…. and play with non-dominant hand and ‘blind’ drawing! In the afternoon work on a self-portrait using all your newly discovered freedom.

Dates: Saturday 7th & Sunday 8th November 2020
Time: 9.30am – 4.00pm
Venue: 84 Federal St Narrogin
Cost: $85 for one day or $150 for both days

Enrol by Friday 30 October (Minimum of 12 participants per day, max 15)
Enrolments can be made online, or in person at ARtS SPACE, or by phoning 08 9881 6987.

Morning and afternoon tea provided.

What to bring:

Saturday – The rules of good drawing and Still Life
2H, HB, 2B, 4B, 6B pencil
Fineline pen
A3 sketchbook
Tracing paper
Kneadable Eraser
Some items to make a still life
i.e. a beach theme with hat, towel, shells etc
A ‘Cuppa’ scene – tea cup and pot, spoon, jug, book etc
An outdoor theme – gumnuts, old iron rusty item, flowers.

Sunday – Free drawing and Portraits
2H, HB, 2B, 4B, 6B pencil
Fineline pen
A3 sketchbook
Tracing paper
Kneadable Eraser
Other drawing mediums i.e. crayons, watercolour pencils, coloured pencils, pastels, textas
A variety of papers – coloured, lightweight, textured
An A4 sized image of yourself – head to top of shoulders

Merry Robertson


My formal training is as Graphic Designer, and after graduating with a diploma I spent 4 years in a Perth design studio.

I have been a designer and marketing consultant for many years with my art skills mainly focussed on illustration, branding and advertising. Along the way however I have worked on drawing and painting commissions of an illustrative nature. In 2013 I returned to study spending over 2 years at Fremantle Art Centre reinvigorating my printmaking and drawing skills.

I have also spent 4 years as an Art Guide for the Art Gallery of WA. Exposure to the best visual arts from around the world has greatly influenced my approach to my art. Story, symbolism, relevance and meaning play a strong part in my works.

I have my own studio and printing press where I produce works in drawing, mixed media, linocut and collagraph. I have entered a number of Perth and regional exhibitions and enjoyed some success.

As of 2017, and settled in Albany, I now dedicate the majority of my time to my art practice where I continue to focus on printmaking, drawing and mixed media works. I am the Chair of ArtSouthWA, who produce the Southern Art and Craft Trail, and am currently working with the City of Albany to increase art and culture activities.

I have a Cert V Workplace Trainer and Assessor qualification, and have taught drawing at Albany Summer School in 2019, and again in 2020. I also teach privately and at Vancouver Art Centre, Albany.

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