Learn to Draw with the Medium of the Old Masters

Before the invention of the graphite pencil, the most common dry medium employed by artists to draw with was chalk. A material used by Michelangelo, Raphael and Rembrandt. Discover the sensual colour, texture and line which is made by this beautiful material. Over eight weeks coloured chalks will be employed, both independently and in unison, to describe so-called “warm” and “cool” values on a variety of coloured papers and to create subtle shading with the aid of a paper stump. Suitable for both beginners to experienced.


COURSE OUTLINE

  • Becoming familiar with the materials – Oil based and oil free/hard and soft chalk pencils: The class will begin with an historical overview of the chalk medium. This will be followed by an exercise in shading which aims to examine variations within the different chalk mediums. In addition we will examine how the three colours of red, black and white are employed to suggest variations in relative ‘warm’ and ‘cool’ colouring and to indicate the higher values and/or highlights. Within this context the role of coloured paper as a mid-tone and the variety of coloured papers that may be used will also be discussed. Finally we will look at the role of the stump as an aid to blending.
  • Drawing objects: We will attempt to draw one object on blue-grey paper and another on buff paper. While black chalk is often seen as complementing a blue-grey paper ground and red a buff (off yellow) coloured paper, opposing combinations, such as red chalk on a blue-grey ground will also be examined.
  • Red/black chalk and the human figure – Gesture and Action: Students will come to experience the benefits of the chalk medium while learning how to conceive of the initial overarching action and form of the life model.
  • Anatomical masses and landmarks: In this class we will begin to add skeletal masses and landmarks in order to give further structure to our initial impression of the life model.
  • Shading and rendering in chalk: We will learn the art of shading and rendering from an historical Venetian drawing manual.
  • Rendering the human form: We will consolidate the previous week’s lessons in shading and figurative drawing by attempting to add modelled form to a series of drawings of the human figure.


PLANNED LEARNING OUTCOMES

  1. Gain an understanding and use of different chalk materials, such as oil based and non-oil based, hard and soft chalks.
  2. Learn to employ a variety of coloured papers.
  3. Identify techniques and make use of Old Master drawings within a contemporary drawing practice.
  4. Learn to render any form and employ a paper stump for blending.


MATERIALS LIST

  • Oil based red sanguine chalk pencil (hard)
  • Oil based red sanguine chalk pencil (soft)
  • Oil based black chalk pencil (hard)
  • Oil based black chalk pencil (soft)
  • Oil free red sanguine chalk pencil (hard)
  • Oil free red sanguine chalk pencil (soft)
  • Oil free black chalk pencil (hard)
  • Oil free black chalk pencil (soft)
  • White chalk pencil (soft)
  • Kneadable eraser
  • Stanley knife (chalk cannot be sharpened with a pencil sharpener)
  • A3 sketch pad
  • A range of blue grey and buff (pale yellow-brown) sheets of coloured paper
  • 3 paper stumps
  • Two metal bull dog clips for support


IMPORTANT: Please arrive to the first class with all the relevant materials. A lack of materials is not just a handicap to you but to the ability to teach. Materials cost is not included in a course fee. In the event of a course being cancelled WEA cannot be held responsible for the purchase of any course materials. We therefore suggest you purchase your materials closer to the time of the course commencing.


ART SUPPLY STOCKISTS

  • The Art Scene, UNSW Art & Design Campus, Greens Rd Paddington NSW. Ph: 8815 1569
  • The Art Scene, West Ryde, Ph: 9807 6900 (incl. online shop)
  • Bondi Road Art Supplies 179 Bondi Road Bondi. Ph: 9387 3746. (Closed Fridays and Sundays)
  • Eckersley’s Art and Craft Store 93 York Street Sydney, Ph: 02 9299 4151. Also at North Sydney, St Leonards, Chatswood, Caringbah, Parramatta & more.

Enquire at your art shop for a Student’s Discount with your WEA course receipt.

$298 Limited / $268

Before the invention of the graphite pencil, the most common dry medium employed by artists to draw with was chalk. A material used by Michelangelo, Raphael and Rembrandt. Discover the sensual colour,

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03 Feb

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