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*POSTPONED* The ‘Essentials of Drawing’ workshop with Merry Robertson

September 5, 2020 @ 9:30 am September 6, 2020 @ 4:30 pm

Date & Time: 5 – 6 September, 9.30am – 4.30pm.
Venue: 84 Federal St Narrogin (the former jewellers)
Cost: $150

Suitable for: Beginners through to more experienced drawers

Participants will need to bring:

  • Lunch (morning & afternoon tea provided)
  • Art supplies (please let us know if there’s something you can’t find): Pencils (2h, HB, 2B, 4B, 6B), fineliner, eraser, kneadable rubber, A3 Sketchbook, ruler, pencil sharpener or scalpel, tracing paper. Some additional materials will be provided.
  • Some items to make a themed still life (more info will be provided after enrolment)

Enrolments due by Friday 28 August (minimum class size of 12, max 15)

Enrollments can be made online (below), in person at ARtS SPACE, or by phoning 08 9881 6987.

Renew your skills while renewing your passion for drawing with this highly active 2 day workshop.

The workshop is designed for those with a little drawing experience through to more experienced levels. Everyone will come away with a sketch book filled with studies, notes, and images that you might not have expected.

You will revisit some art theory including perspective, shading, composition, still life and more… then apply them to drawings, often going outside to capture images. You will also be encouraged to explore creative mark-making, freeing the ‘inner you’ and discovering your own sense of style.

Merry Robertson is an experienced tutor and artist who runs her own drawing classes in Albany. She has also taught at two Albany Summer Schools, and the City of Albany’s Vancouver Art Centre.

“As a participant in Merry’s drawing classes at the 2019 Albany Summer School, I couldn’t have asked for more! We learnt the essential skills that support all forms of art, and while I have some art experience, it was great to get back to the basics and refine my skills. I didn’t realise that I had become a bit rusty, making Merry’s classes the boost my art needed.”   Miranda Plum, Artist, Carnarvon Western Australia

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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