Carolyn Sheather Drawing Workshop

DRAWING – Learn to do it… BETTER

 A drawing is an exploratory form of Visual Art. Considerable emphasis is placed on observation and exploration. On the other hand, an illustration is a decoration, a representation or visual explanation of a text, concept or process. If Drawing makes you squirm, it’s probably because you think the results ‘should be perfect’. Changing the way we think about these two philosophies helps us take the pressure off…

Subjects Covered:

  • The intention and the Starting Point
  • Simplify and Seeing Shapes
  • Finding Form and the 3D surface
  • Highlights and the value of Tone
  • The importance of the Light Source
  • Shadow Styles that anchor the form

There will be exercises, demonstrations and discussions throughout the day with individual attention wherever possible…

To learn to LOOK and really see we must change our perceptions, our Logic brain must be stilled (distracted it if necessary) in order to faithfully represent our subject.

Light, Energy and Form are all expressed through mark making. Irregular lines, solid shapes, textured layers and different values add to the freedom of spontaneous sketching…after we’ve learned to ‘see’…

Anyone can learn how to Draw or to improve Drawing skills and this Workshop will show you how!

By the end of the day you will have:

  • Learned how to observe and see better,
  • Have experience and tools to simplify subjects
  • Practiced hand-eye co-ordination
  • An understanding of Shape and Form
  • Developed practical knowledge of different drawing techniques
  • Produced a range of drawings which explore a variety of media

Materials List

  • Cartridge paper or heavier in an A4 Sketch Pad …loose paper or Artist Journal if preferred
  • 2B & 6B Graphite Pencils
  • Charcoal Pencil or Conté
  • Kneadable Eraser
  • Cutter for sharpening
  • Permanent fine pen (Faber Castell PITT Artist Pen)
  • Water soluble pen (Artline Pen)

When we learn to ‘see’ and draw what is really there, we remember and we learn and we experience more!


Workshop details

Date: Saturday April 8th, 2017 now Saturday 13th May 2017

Time: 9am to 3 pm (lunch break included)

Venue: Highly Strung

Cost: $120 for the day or $100 if you’re a current Student of Carolyn’s

  • Morning Tea supplied, but either bring a plate to share for lunch or get take away in town:-)

Bookings- Phone: Highly Strung 5442 7044  Email:

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