Drawing masterclass with Aida Tomescu
The Dobell Prize for Drawing presents some of Australia’s finest contemporary drawing, and over its twenty-year history has been a forum for debates about what constitutes a drawn image.
This masterclass consists of three drawing and theory sessions with Dobell Prize-winning artist and 2012 Dobell Prize judge, Aida Tomescu. Over three weeks, participants will create a body of drawings inspired by the Gallery’s collection and by techniques featured in the 2012 Dobell Prize.
Session 1 begins with a discussion of works and techniques in the exhibition, followed by close drawing observation of selected works from the collection. Over subsequent weeks participants will develop a body of work from this stimulus material, under Aida’s guidance.
This masterclass focuses on developing a greater understanding of drawing rather than on polishing a single, completed work. Participants are encouraged to continue developing work between sessions to allow for more in-depth discussion and feedback about their progress, although this is optional.
This program is suitable for artists interested in a wide range of drawing techniques, however some prior experience with drawing practice would be an advantage. Pencils, paper and easels are provided, but participants will be required to provide willow charcoal and any other materials they wish to work with.
Aida Tomescu is a Sydney-based artist who has exhibited widely in Australia and internationally. She has won numerous prestigious art prizes, including the Sulman Prize in 1996, the Wynne Prize in 2001 and the Dobell Prize in 2003.
Image: Aida Tomescu. Photo: Sonia Payes