Public Treasures | Life Drawing

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Life Drawing at the Gallery, we will be offering a 5 week guided life drawing workshop at the Gallery, participants are also able to purchase one off classes. All welcome, no prior skills necessary.

This course is designed as an introduction to drawing the unclothed human figure. The life- drawing class is a necessary step in developing an understanding of the structure of the figure and capturing the expressive qualities of line and movement. A professional artists' model will be employed and all poses will be discreetly set in accordance with traditional and professional standards.  The course will be organised over a period of 5 weeks.

An instructor will be present at all sessions to supervise and offer their advice and assistance to artists, but the emphasis will be on individual practise through guided activities.

Life Drawing essentials

Life drawing is taught to many new artists as an introduction into the world of art, because the human body is a complex object which allows an artist to learn about a variety of essential techniques. Observing, comparing and interpreting the shape of the human body trains an artist to see the many lines, shapes, forms and subtle tones. These are the Elements of Art that help communicate meaning. This course for the most part involves shorter poses. From quick gestures - 30 seconds to two minutes - to more extended poses – five minutes to thirty minutes or more. The fast pace of this life drawing class will force you to learning to make decisions on the fly. You will make quicker more astute decisions in your drawings as you build in confidence.  The group environment allows you to see how others experiment and tackle problems in various ways. You can learn a lot about your own work by seeing a multitude of styles and the multitude of mediums being used. There is something very liberating, peaceful and meditative about life-drawing. The time limits allows you to know when you’re done and it’s no biggie if you didn’t get “finished”. Remember that it is about the process. The fact that your sketch really means nothing and ends whenever it does, makes for a stress-free time.

Why Nude Models?

The figure has been revered as a symbol of perfection since the time of the Ancient Greeks, who modelled their gods in the image of man. Drawing of the unclothed human body is used in most art institutions as a necessary step in developing an understanding of the expressive qualities that only the figure can provide.

Participants are welcome to attend all classes at discounted rate or book individual one off classes to suit your schedule.

Price: 5 week block $125 | $112.50 Friends of the Gallery | One off class $35

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Where: Rockhampton Art Gallery (entry via the front entry of the Gallery, directly off Victoria Parade)

Who: All ability levels welcome, come along as a beginner or develop your existing skills

Parking: Victoria Parade or Bolsover Car Park behind the Gallery

About the Artist Educator:

Cajetan Goves is a local artist living in Yeppoon, Caje works in a variety of mediums and has over 30 years experience of teaching Visual Art in Secondary Schools.


  • Thursday, 10 October 2019 | 05:30 PM - 07:00 PM
  • Thursday, 17 October 2019 | 05:30 PM - 07:00 PM
  • Thursday, 24 October 2019 | 05:30 PM - 07:00 PM
  • Thursday, 31 October 2019 | 05:30 PM - 07:00 PM
  • Thursday, 07 November 2019 | 05:30 PM - 07:00 PM


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