Drawing

About

As a core subject at the National Art School, Drawing is studied by all Bachelor of Fine Art (BFA) students throughout their degree, and is offered as a specialisation for the Master of Fine Art (MFA) degree.

Under the guidance of experienced lecturers who are also successful practicing artists, students learn about the many aspects and applications of this important discipline. Over the three-year BFA degree, they gain critical practical skills and in-depth theoretical understanding of the traditional studio conventions of observational and life drawing, as well as exploring the unlimited potential of contemporary drawing practice including installation, abstraction and new media.

NAS Head of Drawing Dr Maryanne Coutts is a highly regarded practicing multi-media artist, working with animation, watercolour and drawing to explore the human experience of the passage of time. She has won numerous awards including the Portia Geach Memorial Award, and was a finalist in 2021 and 2019 for the biennial Dobell Drawing Prize, presented by the National Art School and the Sir William Dobell Art Foundation. Her work is held in Australian regional and tertiary collections.

In 2020, under the guidance of Maryanne and NAS director and CEO Steven Alderton, NAS launched the National Centre for Drawing (NCD) to promote and nurture practice, research and scholarship in drawing, and affirming the School’s commitment to this key discipline.

NCD presents programs, projects and events focussed on the physical activity of drawing, including the annual Margaret Olley Drawing Week with NAS students; the Drawing Exchange promoting collaboration with artists from different cities, artistic practices and cultural backgrounds; and the Festival of Drawing, a biennial event in conjunction with the Dobell Drawing Prize, which in 2021 included the Presence Drawing Symposium, workshops, screenings, family activities and talks.

NCD also includes The Drawing Gallery, a new space at NAS dedicated to drawing exhibitions. It launched in 2021 with From the Mountain to the Sky: Guy Warren Drawings celebrating the work of NAS alumnus Guy Warren, one of Australia’s most admired and accomplished artists.

Alumni

While many students use the third year BFA drawing program to focus on major drawing projects, students have the opportunity to specialise in Drawing only at postgraduate level. Specialist drawing students at NAS have gone on to work and exhibit extensively nationally and internationally; win prizes and commissions such as the Ian Potter Foundation Moving Image Award; and lecture in Drawing at tertiary institutions.

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Core subject

This outline for Drawing 1, a core first year subject at NAS, gives an insight into the foundations of the drawing program for BFA students.

This BFA First Year subject focuses on the fundamentals of observational drawing to nurture inquiries into the diverse possibilities of this core artistic discipline in the 21st century. As well as engaging with traditional conventions such as life drawing, students will consider expanded approaches to drawing as well as interdisciplinary and new media explorations.

This subject aims to develop students’ abilities to use drawing as a fundamental process that inquires into, supports and underpins all visual investigations in contemporary practice, and which will assist their exploration across their chosen discipline majors over the course of their degree.

Drawing 1 addresses two strands of practice for students to develop solid foundations in the language of drawing. One is based in observation and the traditions of representation, and the other expands on the diversity of drawing principals.

Observational Drawing
This is an intensive study in drawing from observation including life drawing. It focuses on drawing from the objective, visible world with an emphasis on the representation of form and space. Ways of understanding what we see are considered within various traditions of representation and image making. A wide variety of subjects including the figure, still life, landscape, interior/exterior, architecture and natural/ mechanical forms are explored. Students are introduced to a range of relevant materials and processes.

General Drawing
Taking the observable world as a starting point, students explore ways to develop concepts and ideas through drawing processes. A range of strategies are used to interpret and translate experiences of the actual world, emphasising composition and pictorial structure with an increased range of media experimentations including digital imaging.

Subject Content
Observational Drawing
The subject follows a program of independent and class based projects and exercises that introduce and explore the fundamental methodologies of drawing from observation by:

  • Drawing from direct observation of the visible world, with a strong emphasis on observing the human body in relation to its environment; at least 50% of the classes involve working from live models
  • Practicing strategies for representing accurate proportions and translating space and volume when drawing from observation as well as learning to see and represent tonal relationships
  • Further investigating historical and contemporary strategies for recording observations and constructing formal imagery
  • Selecting, preparing and using appropriate drawing materials and methods
  • Discussing works produced in class

General Drawing
The subject follows a program of independent and class based projects and exercises that introduce and explore experimental approaches to drawing by:

  • Engaging in a range of drawing processes for expanding creative concepts and methodologies
  • Developing and realising visual ideas through drawing
  • Looking at examples of both historical and contemporary drawing
  • Selecting, preparing and using traditional and non-traditional drawing materials and methods
  • Discussing work produced in class

Learning Outcomes
Students who successfully complete this subject will be able to demonstrate:

  • Fundamental understanding of visual perception as it relates to drawing from observation
  • Fundamental understanding of the formal structures of drawing and an ability to expand on their potential in relation to contemporary practices
  • Ability to explore, develop, challenge and ultimately realise ideas through drawing
  • Fundamental understanding of a range of drawing skills, media and methodologies and a capacity to experiment with them
  • Fundamental understanding of the historical and contemporary traditions of drawing
  • A commitment to independent research and practice working safely and cooperatively with others in a shared studio environment

Short Courses

In addition to full degree study, NAS offers an extensive range of Short Courses suited to all ages and experience levels. The courses are taught by practicing artists and are run on campus and online throughout the year, covering every artistic discipline from ceramics to sculpture to photomedia. NAS also offers an extensive school holiday program for all primary and high school students. Visit the Short Course pages for more information about what’s coming up.

STAFF

  • Dr Maryanne Coutts

    Head of Drawing

  • Charles Cooper

    Drawing Lecturer

  • Dr Ben Denham

    Drawing Lecturer

  • Joe Frost

    Drawing Lecturer

  • Dr Chelsea Lehmann

    Drawing Lecturer

  • Dr Margaret Roberts

    Drawing Lecturer

  • John Stanfield

    Drawing Studio Technician

  • Deborah Beck

    Archivist and Collections Mgr

  • Anthony Cahill

    Drawing Lecturer (Sessional)

  • Roger Crawford

    Drawing / Painting Sessional

  • Rachel Fairfax

    Drawing Lecturer (Sessional)

  • Cameron Ferguson

    Drawing Lecturer (Sessional)

  • Patrick Hartigan

    Drawing Lecturer (Sessional)

  • Annelies Jahn

    Drawing Lecturer (Sessional)

  • Pollyxenia Joannou

    Drawing Lecturer (Sessional)

  • Lisa Jones

    Drawing Lecturer (Sessional)

  • Deborah Marks

    Drawing Lecturer (Sessional)

  • Catherine O’Donnell

    Drawing Lecturer (Sessional)

  • Daniel Pata

    Drawing Lecturer (Sessional)

  • Jude Rae

    Drawing Lecturer (Sessional)

  • Evan Salmon

    Drawing Lecturer (Sessional)

  • Margaret Seymour

    Drawing Lecturer (Sessional)

  • Kim Spooner

    Drawing / Painting Sessional

  • Noel Thurgate

    Drawing Lecturer (Sessional)

  • Skye Wagner

    Drawing Lecturer (Sessional)

  • Emma Wise

    Drawing Lecturer (Sessional)

  • Stephanie Monteith

    Drawing Lecturer (Sessional)

  • Gary Warner

    Drawing / Photomedia Sessional

  • Luke Thurgate

    Drawing Lecturer (Sessional)

  • Dean Cross

    Drawing Lecturer (Sessional)

  • Siena White

    Drawing Lecturer (Sessional)

  • Tango Conway

    Drawing Lecturer (Sessional)

  • Tonee Messiah

    Drawing Lecturer (Sessional)

  • Toshiko Oiyama

    Drawing Lecturer (Sessional)

  • Aimee Gardyne

    Drawing Lecturer (Sessional)

Dr Maryanne Coutts

Head of Drawing

BFA (VCA), Grad Dip (UNSW) PhD (Ballarat)

Maryanne Coutts completed a PHD at the University of Ballarat in 1999 and has taught at Monash University, the Australian Catholic University, University of Ballarat, Latrobe University and the National Art School, where she is currently Head of Drawing. She works with animation, watercolour and drawing to explore the human experience of the passage of time. Coutts’ work has been included in group exhibitions throughout Australia and overseas. She was awarded the Portia Geach Memorial Award in 2007. Her work is held by several regional and tertiary collections.

Areas of Specialisation:

Maryanne’s particular areas of interest and specialization include Drawing and Time, Animation, Narrative and Literature Theory, Poetics of Mass Media, Textiles, Contemporary Drawing Practices and Journaling.

Courses and Subjects Taught: 

DRA100 Drawing 1
DRA200 Drawing 2
DRA300 Drawing 3
DRA400 Drawing 4
MFA Supervision

Charles Cooper

Drawing Lecturer

Charles Cooper has exhibited since 1974 at Sydney galleries, solo at Bloomfield, Annandale and the Tin Sheds and in group shows at Macquarie, Garry Anderson, Ivan Dougherty, Macquarie University, Grace Cossington-Smith, Museum of Sydney, AGNSW (Sulman, Wynne, Dobell competitions) and in Melbourne, Canberra, Adelaide, Monaco, Cambridge UK, New York, Rome, Beijing, Shanghai plus seventeen regional galleries in NSW, Victoria and Queensland (solo in 1988-89 and 2010 plus group exhibitions since 1994).

Awards include an Australia Council CEAD Grant 1996, the 1998 AGNSW Trustees’ Watercolour Prize, the 2020 Adelaide Perry Prize for Drawing and residencies at Canberra School of Art ANU 2005, Cite des Arts (NAS Studio) Paris 2006, Penrith Regional Gallery 2007 and the British School at Rome (NAS Residency) 2012.

His work is in many regional collections in NSW and Victoria, Artbank and private collections.

Areas of Specialisation:

Charles’ expertises are in the areas of painting, drawing and installation.

Subjects and Courses Taught: 

DRA100 Drawing 1
DRA200 Drawing 2
DRA300 Drawing 3
MFA Supervision

Dr Ben Denham

Drawing Lecturer

Ben Denham is a visual artist who works with performance video and makes machines that engage different parts of the body in the process drawing and writing. Denham works with performance video and makes  machines that engage different parts of the body in the process drawing and writing. In 2002–03 he spent a year and a half in Mexico with the assistance of the Helen Lempriere Travelling Art Scholarship. He maintains strong connections to Mexican art and activist culture. He completed his doctorate in 2009; his thesis considered the relationship between art and neuroscience, with a particular focus on gesture and linguistic embodiment.

Joe Frost

Drawing Lecturer

medBFA (Hons), MFA (UNSW)

Joe Frost’s paintings and drawings have their origins in urban life. They depict personages and places, and express a complex sense of belonging formed from his feelings – both sympathetic and critical – about his subjects. The synthesis of observation and invention in his working process produces paintings that are layered in every sense of the word; that invite the viewer to experience seeing as an active, interpretive process.

As Laura Fisher wrote in a recent catalogue essay, “Frost practices a form of painting that echoes the selectivity of our habits of perception… where an improbable collection of visual cues coalesces to form something that feels utterly familiar and authentic. He includes things that are both visible and invisible to the eye: from the most prosaic objects of domestic life to the wake created by a person’s movement through space, from the artificial lights that punctuate our urban experience to the emotional force fields of an argument.”

Since his first exhibition with Legge Gallery in 1999 Frost’s reputation has grown steadily. He has been a lecturer at the National Art School, Sydney since 2003 and is a writer on art with more than thirty published essays and articles in newspapers, magazines, and exhibition catalogues.

Areas of Specialisation:

Drawing and painting

Subjects and Courses Taught: 

DRA100 Drawing 1
DRA200 Drawing 2
DRA300 Drawing 3
MFA Supervision

Dr Chelsea Lehmann

Drawing Lecturer

Chelsea Lehmann has exhibited extensively in Australia for the past two decades, and has been the recipient of several awards, grants, and local and international residencies. Her most recent exhibitions include Corporealities, (Home @735 Gallery, Sydney 2020), Persona (Flinders Street Gallery, Sydney, 2020), June (MARS Gallery, Melbourne, 2019), and The Articulate Surface (UNSW Galleries, Sydney, 2018). She is a Lecturer in Drawing at the National Art School and completed a PhD at UNSW Art & Design in 2019.

Dr Margaret Roberts

Drawing Lecturer

BA DipEd (LaTrobe), BA (Sydney), BA (Hons)(Sydney ), MFA (UNSW), PhD (Sydney)

Margaret Roberts works with expanded drawing and installation to focus on site-specificity and other relationships between artworks and their locations, exhibiting in Australia and overseas for over 30 years, with funded residencies at Dunedin, Perth, Yogyakarta, Paris, Rome and Berlin. The work is documented on www.margaretroberts.org Her 2009 PhD, Art and the Status of Place, and subsequent writing discuss artwork’s engagement with the meaning and value of place within Modern culture.  For 4 years, she was on the Board of Artspace, and for 10 years a founding co-director of Articulate project space, set up as an ARI to support spatial and experimental art practices. She has been a lecturer for over 20 years in Sculpture and Drawing and postgraduate supervision at Sydney College of the Arts and the National Art School.

Areas of specialty: Sculpture, Expanded drawing, Spatial and temporal art practices, Artist-run initiatives (ARIs).

Subjects and Courses Taught:

DRA100 Drawing 1
DRA200 Drawing 2
AHT232 Drawing
DRA300 Drawing 3
MFA Supervision

John Stanfield

Drawing Studio Technician

BFA (NAS)

John Stanfield is a Sydney based artist specialising in drawing.

Deborah Beck

Archivist and Collections Mgr

Deborah Beck has held 18 solo exhibitions in Sydney and Melbourne, has participated in numerous group exhibitions throughout Australia, and has been a finalist in the Dobell prize for drawing, the Sulman prize, the Portia Geach memorial award, and the Blake prize. She studied at the National Art School in the 1970s and received a Master of Arts (history) at the University of Sydney in 2010. She has taught in art schools in Sydney for over twenty-five years and is currently archivist, collections manager, drawing lecturer and historian at the National Art School. She has co-curated five major exhibitions in the NAS Gallery and curated three exhibitions by NAS alumni.

Deborah Beck is also an author and her first book Hope in Hell – a History of Darlinghurst Gaol and the National Art School, was published by Allen and Unwin in 2005.The third edition was published in 2020. Her second book Set in Stone: the Cell Block Theatre was published by UNSW press in April 2011, and won a NSW Premier’s History award in 2012. Her third book, Rayner Hoff: the life of a sculptor was published by NewSouth in 2017.

Anthony Cahill

Drawing Lecturer (Sessional)

Art Certificate (TAFE), BA Visual Arts ( CAI,SCAE), MFA (NAS)

Anthony Cahill’s practice is concerned with the relationship between the human and the natural world, often seen though an Absurdist viewpoint .

He has exhibited in commercial and public galleries nationally and internationally, since 2016 exhibiting every two years with Pollyxenia Joahnnou  in the Red Herring Project.

 

Roger Crawford

Drawing / Painting Sessional

Roger Crawford translates the objective world into powerful reductive paintings and drawings. An experienced artist, he is represented by Watters Gallery, Sydney, where he has had many solo exhibitions over 30 years. Roger is a long-standing staff member of the National Art School, lecturing in the drawing and painting departments.

Roger states: “I believe in process and what it gives us – the notion of time itself as the function of art.”

Rachel Fairfax

Drawing Lecturer (Sessional)

Rachel Fairfax is a painter working in the mediums of drawing, painting and ceramics. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts and an Honours Degree in Drawing from the National Art School. She is represented by Stella Downer Fine Art, Sydney, and Harvison Gallery, Perth, and in the past has been represented by Ray Hughes and Defiance galleries. Her exhibitions, residencies and community-based projects have taken her across Australia and overseas. Rachel has been awarded two Reg Richardson Scholarships and been a finalist in many Australian art awards. Named as one of Australia’s leading artists by the Sydney Morning Herald, Rachel exhibits widely and is represented in many public and private collections. Since 2003 she has taught drawing at the National Art School and other colleges of art.

Cameron Ferguson

Drawing Lecturer (Sessional)

Cameron Ferguson specialises in drawing and watercolour, with over 15 years’ experience working and exhibiting in Sydney. He has taught drawing for a range of institutions, including TAFE, community colleges, high schools and, recently, the National Art School. Cameron has completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours) at the National Art School, a Graduate Diploma in Education at the University of Technology, Sydney, and in 2017 completed his Masters of Fine Art by Research at the National Art School. His work is situated within the still life genre and object-based art, involving creating a series of drawings and installations that form associations between objects, place and memory.

Patrick Hartigan

Drawing Lecturer (Sessional)

Patrick Hartigan is a painter with a mind also for drawing and the moving image. His paintings, brushy renderings of classic genres (portraits, nudes, interiors, still lifes), pull childhood and familial nostalgia from the comforts of memory and push artist legacies around (a Picasso head, a Modigliani nude, various permutations of Brancusi) as fresh material. This core forms constellations in his exhibitions with imagery that is emotionally and formally more abstract and more sparing. Predominantly oil on found supports, his recent paintings demonstrate a sculptural mindfulness, incorporating dimensions of depth and time beyond the flat plane.

Annelies Jahn

Drawing Lecturer (Sessional)

Annelies Jahn is an artist who works in the mediums of drawing, installation and painting. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts, Honours, and a Masters Degree in Painting from the National Art School. She has exhibited with Factory 49, .M Contemporary, Sydney Non Objective (SNO) and Stacks Projects in Sydney. Annelies was awarded .M Contemporary’s Bresic Whitney Emerging Artist Award for 2015. In 2013 she received the Coutts Family Award for Excellence in Drawing and was a finalist in the John Olsen Drawing Prize. In 2012 she received the FONAS Drawing Award and the Jocelyn Maughan Sketchbook Prize. Her work is represented in the National Art School Archive and private collections.

Pollyxenia Joannou

Drawing Lecturer (Sessional)

Pollyxenia Joannou’s paintings and sculptures have been exhibited in Australia, the UK and continental Europe in numerous solo and group exhibitions. She completed her Masters degree at Central Saint Martins, London, has taught in the UK, and has lectured in painting and drawing at many art schools in Sydney, including Meadowbank TAFE, Design Centre Enmore and the National Art School. Polly was the winner of the Redland Art Award in 2016 and was awarded the Onslow Storrier Studio Residency at the Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris, in 2017..

Lisa Jones

Drawing Lecturer (Sessional)

Lisa Jones is a Sydney based artist originally from London whose contemporary art practice explores drawing, sculpture and video. She has exhibited both nationally and internationally, individually and in collaborative projects in institutional exhibition spaces, artist run initiatives and commercial galleries. Her drawings have been acquired by the Jacaranda Acquisitive Drawing Prize and the Macquarie University Art Gallery.

Deborah Marks

Drawing Lecturer (Sessional)

BA Visual Arts (CAI, SCAE), Grad. Dip. Prof. Art Studies, MFA (NAS)

Deborah Marks’s art practice encompasses painting, drawing and collage and involves figurative representations that deal with psychological issues. Her work concerns the conflicted nature of being in the world as internal/external processes.

She has been exhibiting over the past twenty five years in solo and group exhibitions throughout Australia and more recently in Germany. In Sydney she has exhibited with Defiance Gallery, Charles Hewitt Gallery and Wagner Contemporary Gallery. In 2016 she held a solo exhibition of her paintings at the Kunstverein Murnau Gallery, Germany.

Her artwork has been collected by private and public institutions including the prestigious Kedumba Drawing Award Collection. Her work has been selected as finalist in numerous competitions including the Portia Geach Memorial Award, the Blake Prize, the Mosman Art Prize, the Ravenswood Art Prize and the Korean/Australian Art Prize.

Since 1999 Deborah has been a sessional lecturer at the drawing department at the National Art School. As well Deborah also teaches in the school’s external programs including the HSC Life Drawing Workshops, the Dobell School as well as Summer and Winter Workshops as part of the Public Programs.

Deborah Marks was awarded a BA in Visual Arts majoring in painting from City Art Institute, Sydney, Australia in 1985. In 1987 she gained a Post Graduate Diploma in Professional Art Studies. In 2011 she was awarded a Masters in Fine Art from the National Art School, Sydney, Australia. In 2007 Deborah was awarded the Cite International des Arts Paris studio residency.

Catherine O’Donnell

Drawing Lecturer (Sessional)

Catherine O’Donnell’s practice is about the beauty of the uncelebrated and ordinary.

Her drawings are an exploration of the architecture, culture and history in the everyday-ness of the urban environment. She sees the suburbs as full of connection and disconnection, sameness and difference; in short, my drawings examine suburban living as a site of complexity. She is  particularly interested in the way that the vernacular architecture and general street scapes of the places we regularly inhabit become recessed into our minds like wallpaper – they are at once visible and invisible.

Daniel Pata

Drawing Lecturer (Sessional)

Daniel Pata is a contemporary artist with over 30 years experience teaching the many aspects of painting and drawing in most art schools of Sydney. Including the National Art School, City Art Institute and renamed College of Fine Art UNSW and many TAFE Art Schools of Sydney. Has acted as MFA examiner for the College of Fine Art UNSW.

Pata has spent extensive periods in France studying the masters at close hand precipitating a close study of Cezanne, culminating in a MFA at COFA UNSW on ‘Cezanne’s pictorial elements in  relationship to the Australian Landscape’.

Pata has exhibited widely in  Australia, France, UK,  China, Thailand, Japan,  Mexico and Korea.

Including Royal Cornwall Museum, Shanghai painting institute, Cité Internationale des Arts Paris and the IX Bienal Internacional de la Acuarela Mexico.

Pata is represented in major public collections in Australia and Internationally, including Jinan province council , shanghai, China, St. Peter’s College, Oxford University, UK and The National Gallery of Australia, Canberra.

Jude Rae

Drawing Lecturer (Sessional)

Jude Rae is a Sydney based artist primarily known for her still life paintings, portraits and architectural interiors. The low key, non-narrative imagery she employs allows the attention to dwell on the formal and material aspects of representational painting, encouraging a more reflective and considered approach to the complexities of visual experience. After graduating in Fine Arts (History) at Sydney University Jude taught at City Art Institute (University of NSW) and in 1987 had her first solo show with Painters Gallery. At this time she was also a founding member of the Ultimo Project Studios, an urban housing co-operative for artists in Sydney. In 1989 she moved to London and later to New Zealand where she was the first Director of South Island Art Projects, which today exists as the Physics Room (Christchurch, NZ).

Over the last thirty years Jude has exhibited her work in Australia, New Zealand, Germany and the USA. She has been awarded residencies in France, Italy and New Zealand and has taught at a variety of art schools including Auckland University, the Australian National University and most recently at the National Art School (Sydney). In 2005 and 2008 Jude Rae won the Portia Geach Memorial Award for Portraiture and in 2014 she was a finalist in the Archibald Prize.

In 2016 Jude was the recipient of the prestigious Bulgari Prize awarded in partnership with the Art Gallery of NSW and in 2017 a survey of her work was held at the Australian National University Drill Hall Gallery.

Her work is held in major public and private collections in Australia, New Zealand, UK and USA. She represented by FoxJensen in Australia and FoxJensenMcCrory in New Zealand.

Evan Salmon

Drawing Lecturer (Sessional)

Evan received a Diploma from the National Art School in 1991. He completed a Master of Fine Art (Research) at the College of Fine Arts, University of NSW in 2002. Evan worked as a studio assistant for the sculptor Robert Klippel between 1996 and 1998. He taught painting and drawing to Diploma students at various TAFE colleges between 2002 and 2016. He currently teaches observational drawing at the National Art School. Evan is represented by Watters Gallery and has held 26 solo exhibitions since 1993. He has also been included in many group exhibitions. Evan was selected as a finalist for the Sulman Prize in 2006 at the Art Gallery of NSW. He was winner of the NSW Parliament Plein Air Painting Prize in 2015. His work is held in private and public collections including the National Gallery of Australia, NSW Parliament, University of Technology Sydney, Art Bank and Wollongong Art Gallery.

Margaret Seymour

Drawing Lecturer (Sessional)

Margaret Seymour is interested in a broad range of contemporary media and art practice. Inspired by new methods and materials for art making, she combines digital processes with more established techniques to explore the temporal and spatial displacements we experience living in an electronically connected world. Her artworks have been included in exhibitions with a variety of themes including new documentary art practices, place and image, navigating public/private space and solar powered art. In 2005 and 2015 she was awarded residencies at the Banff Art Centre and her work Pas de Deux won the Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize 2011.

A committed and enthusiastic educator, Margaret has over fifteen years of experience teaching undergraduate and higher degree research candidates.

Kim Spooner

Drawing / Painting Sessional

Kim Spooner’s incisive and expressive portrait and figure paintings are held in public and private collections. She is an award-winning portraitist with portraits in the National Portrait Gallery, and is an inspirational teacher who is skilled at communicating ideas and responding to the individual needs of students and artists. She completed a residency at the Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris, in 2009. Winner of the 2006 Portia Geach Memorial Award, Kim is represented by Annandale Galleries, Sydney, and Adele Boag Gallery, Adelaide

Noel Thurgate

Drawing Lecturer (Sessional)

Noel Thurgate is an artist with over 25 years’ experience in teaching drawing, including nine years as Head of Drawing at the National Art School. His work draws inspiration from the figure and the landscape, and his outdoor and studio drawings explore and develop the underlying abstract qualities found in nature. Exhibiting since 1975 in shows ranging from the Young Contemporaries, the Archibald Prize and the Kedumba Drawing Prize to numerous solo exhibitions, Noel has work exhibited in state, regional and institutional collections.

Skye Wagner

Drawing Lecturer (Sessional)

Skye Wagner’s art practice covers a range of media, including performance, photography and video. She has exhibited at MOP, Articulate Project Space, The Paper Mill, Kudos Gallery and Slade Research Centre, London. She has a Bachelor of Media from Macquarie University and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the National Art School. Currently she is a lecturer in photography at the National Art School and a sessional tutor at the University of Technology, Sydney, in the Photography and Situated Media Program.

Emma Wise

Drawing Lecturer (Sessional)

Emma Wise is an interdisciplinary artist whose practice is grounded in the creation of site-responsive installations, indoor and outdoor. She believes in the power of an elegant resolution and has often used simple elements on a large scale to dramatic effect. Her work is frequently driven by strong views on socio-political issues, and she is particularly interested in the negotiation of territory, in barriers and borders, ownership and passage.

More recently, interactive and collaborative works incorporating conversation and collective mapping reflect her belief in the strength and importance of community. Emma has worked as an oral historian and in film editing and her work can incorporate sound and/or video, often using the intimacy of direct voice, written and recorded, or found and edited.

Stephanie Monteith

Drawing Lecturer (Sessional)

Stephanie is a Sydney-based artist who has exhibited for over twenty years, with eleven solo exhibitions and over eighty group exhibitions across commercial galleries and artist run spaces, art fairs, university galleries, regional galleries and art museums. Stephanie specialises in oil painting, watercolour and drawing. Stephanie has been a finalist in a number of prize exhibitions including: the Archibald Prize, the Wynne Prize, the Sir John Sulman Prize, the Mosman Art Prize, the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize and the Helen Lempriere Travelling Art Scholarship.

Stephanie has been a visual arts lecturer for over fifteen years – primarily teaching painting and drawing. This has included teaching students up to MFA level. Stephanie graduated from UNSW Art and Design in 2002 with a Master of Fine Arts.

Gary Warner

Drawing / Photomedia Sessional

Gary has been an artist for the past 40 years, and has a background in experimental filmmaking, photography, visual arts, music and sound art, and digital media production.

Gary has worked as a creative director and collaborator on a wide variety of cultural projects in museums, art galleries, visitor centres and botanic gardens across Australia and was twice involved in delivery of Australia’s representation at the Venice Biennale (2001 – Lyndal Jones, 2008 – Abundant (Architecture Biennale).

Gary has been teaching experimental drawing since 2018 at the National Art School and has developed and run workshops in autonomous drawing machines at NAS, as well as at the University of Technology Sydney and Monash University’s Sensilab.

Luke Thurgate

Drawing Lecturer (Sessional)

Luke graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Newcastle. He has an extensive exhibition history including recent exhibitions at Burra Regional Art Gallery, National Art School and Adelaide Central Gallery. He was a finalist in the Dobell Drawing Prize 2019 and has lectured in the Drawing Department at Adelaide Central School of Art. Luke’s studio practice reappropriates cultural signifiers used in the construction and deconstruction of identity.

Luke has a significant experience in programming and teaching, having developed and delivered workshops, professional development seminars and masterclasses for Newcastle Art Gallery, the NSW Department of Education and Training, Art Gallery of South Australia, and here at the National Art School.

Dean Cross

Drawing Lecturer (Sessional)

Dean Cross was born and raised on Ngunnawal/Ngambri Country and is of Worimi descent. He is a trans-disciplinary artist primarily working across installation, sculpture and photography. His career began in contemporary dance, performing and choreographing nationally and internationally for over a decade with Australia’s leading dance companies. Following that Dean re-trained as a visual artist, gaining his Bachelor’s Degree from Sydney College of the Arts, and his First Class Honours from the ANU School of Art and Design.

Dean has shown his work extensively across Australia. This includes the Indigenous Ceramic Prize at the Shepparton Art Musuem, curated by Anna Briers and Belinda Briggs (2018), Tarnanthi at the Art Gallery of South Australia, curated by Nici Cumpston (2017), RUNS DEEP a solo show at Alaska Projects, Sydney (2018), The Churchie Emerging Art Prize (2016), The Redlands Konica Minolta Art Prize (2015), and the Macquarie Group Emerging Art Prize (2015) where his work was awarded the Highly Commended prize by artist Joan Ross. In 2018 Dean has also exhibited at the Australian Centre for Photography, Sydney, as a part of the NEXTWAVE Festival Melbourne, with curator Amelia Winata, and at Artbank, Sydney in Talia Smith’s “In a World of Wounds”. Also, Dean has been a year-long Artist in Residence at the Canberra Contemporary Art Space (CCAS). Dean was also selected to be a part of the 4A Beijing Studio Residency Program in Beijing, China, and in 2019, Dean undertook the inaugural Canberra/Wellington Indigenous Artist exchange.

Dean’s work has been collected extensively and is held in significant public and private collections including the National Gallery of Victoria, The Art Gallery of South Australia, The Queensland University of technology Art Museum,  and the Canberra Museum and Gallery.

Dean is represented by Yavuz Gallery, Sydney and Singapore.

Siena White

Drawing Lecturer (Sessional)

Siena White is a studio-based artist with a foundation in sculpture and traditional drawing, in which she includes installation and video.

Siena has exhibited at ARI’s in Sydney and intestate for both solo and group exhibitions.

In 2014, she completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts (honours) in Sculpture, and was awarded the Art Gallery of NSW’s Robert Le Gay Brereton Award from Drawing. Previously she was the recipient of the Coutts Award for Excellency in Drawing (2013), and the Jocelyn Maughan Sketchbook Prize (2012). More recently she was the recipient of the NSW Government House Residency (2021) and the Onslow Storrier NAS Paris Studio Residency (2019).

Founder and Director of Lilac City Studio, Siena has facilitated, assisted and curated exhibitions since 2015.

In addition to Lecturing in Drawing at the National Art School, Siena teaches drawing workshops at the Art Gallery of New South Wales.

Siena is currently completing her Masters in Interaction Design and Electronic Arts at the University of Sydney.

Tango Conway

Drawing Lecturer (Sessional)

Tango’s work explores the nature of representation and how processes of artmaking can embody the perceptual experience. Firmly based in life drawing her interests lie in the embedded theatricality and absurdity of staged life and the everyday. Tango’s drawing practice expands on traditional life drawing methods to explore new depictions of staged bodies.

Tango graduated from the National Art School in 2016, with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Sculpture). In her graduating undergraduate year she received the Academic Achievement Award and was awarded the John Olsen Figure Drawing Prize and the Jocelyn Maughan Sketchbook Prize. Going on to focus on drawing at NAS as a part of a graduate diploma she was awarded the Robert Le Gay Brereton Memorial Prize by the Art Gallery of New South Wales

Tonee Messiah

Drawing Lecturer (Sessional)

Tonee holds a Masters of Fine Art from UNSW Art & Design where she is a Sessional Lecturer, in addition to lecturing at the National Art School. Exhibiting with Gallery 9 since 2007, Messiah is represented in the collections of Monash University Museum of Art, Artbank, Allens Linklaters, Barker College and Campbelltown Hospital.

⁣Tonee Messiah has held solo exhibitions in Sydney and Melbourne since 2004 and has been included in group exhibitions in Australia, New Zealand and the UK. She has Bachelor of Visual Arts (Honours) and Master of Fine Arts degrees from UNSW. She is a recipient of an Australian Postgraduate Award, UNSW (2015), ARP Artist Residency, Darlinghurst (2013), Zelda Stedman Young Artist Scholarship (2005), William Fletcher Trust Artist Grant (2005), NAVA Visual and Craft Artist’s Grant (2004) and Sir William Dobell Arts Foundation Scholarship (2003). Tonee has been a finalist in the Waverly Art Prize (2019), Hazelhurst Works on Paper Art Award (2017 & 2015), and the Paddington Art Prize (2016 & 2015). Her work is in the collections of ArtBank, Monash University Museum of Art, Melbourne as well as corporate and private collections in Australia and New Zealand.⁣

Toshiko Oiyama

Drawing Lecturer (Sessional)

Born in Japan and trained as a graphic design in the United States, Toshiko had a long design career in the States, Holland, Indonesia, Singapore and New Zealand before coming to Sydney in 2001. In Sydney she changed her direction and studied fine art, obtaining two masters degrees and a PhD from the University of New South Wales while developing her art practice.

Having lived in many countries and criss-crossed the fine and applied arts fields, she has a special interest in cultural interactions in visual arts. In her own art practice, she draws inspirations equally from the outback of Australia and the ancient pilgrimage trails of Japan, science, philosophy and poetry. She exhibits regularly, and has won prizes and grants including the Tim Olsen Drawing Prize and a residency in Paris. Currently Toshiko divides her time between her art practice and teaching at the UNSW Art and Design.

Aimee Gardyne

Drawing Lecturer (Sessional)

Aimee holds a Masters of Fine Art from National Art School in Drawing where she is a Sessional Lecturer. She has been included in group shows such as “Get Amongst It” at Gaffa Gallery in 2017, “Negligee” at Stairwell Gallery in 2019 and “I Came To See” in Barangaroo in 2021. She won the William Fletcher Foundation Grant and the Derivan Award for Mixed Media in 2016 and was a finalist in the Waverley Art Prize in 2021. She was selected for the Seed initative with Orange Regional Gallery in 2021.

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