Drawing Fundamentals for Beginners (Evening)


Early fee ends 18 March 2019

1 May to 19 Jun, 6pm to 9pm
Rachel Fairfax

Discover how to see and draw with proportion and perspective, and how to work from small studies to larger, sustained drawings.

7 Available

Full Details

Term: Term 2 2019
Start Date: 1 May 2019
End Date: 19 June 2019
Time: Wednesdays, 6pm-9pm
Number of classes: 8
Teacher: Rachel Fairfax

Level: Beginner
Age: 16 and over
Early Fee: $550.00
Early Concession Fee: $524.00
Location: National Art School
Availability: Available

Terms and Conditions of Enrolment

course overview

Do you want to learn practical drawing techniques and encourage your creativity to emerge in a supportive studio environment? Discover how to see and draw with proportion and perspective, and how to work from small studies to larger, sustained drawings. Learn about the importance of line, tone, composition and mark-making and explore the mediums of graphite, charcoal and ink. Rachel Fairfax sets projects and gives you the opportunity to draw still life scenes and work from the life model. She gives demonstrations, group exercises and one-to-one tuition and guides you in developing your own way of seeing and drawing.

teacher profile

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 has in the past 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.

materials list

For the first class

  • Cartridge pad – A1 size
  • Compressed charcoal (round type)
  • 2 charcoal pencils – black/soft
  • Hard white eraser, e.g. Staedtler
  • 2 bulldog clips
  • Sharpener or Stanley knife (i.e. knife with retractable blade).

Other materials to be used throughout the course may include the following. These will be discussed at the first class.


  • 1 sheet of brown craft paper – approx. 1m x 80cm (card thickness)
  • 1 sheet of architect’s tracing paper
  • 3 sheets of heavier paper. e.g. Montval Watercolour paper, University, Stonehenge, Dessin, etc. – 300gsm, approx. 75cm x 55cm
  • 1 sheet each of Mi-Teintes ‘Steel Grey,’ ‘Flannel Grey’, ‘Dark Grey’, ‘Moonstone’ and ‘Stygian Black’ – A3 size.


  • Willow charcoal
  • Sanguine pencil – soft
  • White pencil – soft.


  • 4B pencil.


  • Black ink – 250ml.


  • 3 bristle brushes – sizes 5, 8, 12.


  • Cotton cloth
  • Spray fixative
  • Double-sided tape (clear).

Covered footwear is essential in all studio spaces on campus.



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