Drawing in the Present Moment


21 Sep 19 – 22 Sep 19, 9:30am – 4:30pm
Pam Vaughan

In this course you will investigate drawing processes that have parallels with the activity of meditation such as quietening the mind and body and focusing in the present moment. Full details of course overview, teacher profile and materials list below. 

Early fee ends 18 Aug 19

11 Available

Full Details

Term: Spring Weekend Workshops 2019
Start Date: 21 September 2019
End Date: 22 September 2019
Time: Saturday and Sunday, 9:30am – 4:30pm
Number of classes: 2
Teacher: Pam Vaughan

Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Full fee: $375.00
Early Fee: $340.00
Concession Fee: $355.00
Location: National Art School
Availability: Available

Terms and Conditions of Enrolment

course overview

Explore the effects of mindfulness on creativity bringing renewed enjoyment and flow to your drawing practice. In this course you will investigate drawing processes that have parallels with the activity of meditation such as quietening the mind and body and focussing in the present moment. Pam Vaughan teaches an embodied and multisensory approach to artmaking that will increase your connection with your subjectivity, develop your reflective skills, bring deeper insight into your images, help move through creative blockages, and produce more powerful and satisfying pictures. Use a range of media including ink, charcoal, pencil, gesso, chalk pastels and collage and learn tools for composition. Pam offers group demonstrations, individual tuition and encourages students to design and create personal drawing projects to find their own visual language. These methods will build your confidence in developing an ongoing independent and authentic practice.  The course is suitable for beginners as well as those with prior experience.

teacher profile

Pam Vaughan has been a finalist in the Sulman and Dobell prizes, received a national printmaking award, and holds postgraduate qualifications in studio practice and teaching. Her practice focuses primarily on drawing and printmaking, but she also explores painting and sculpture. Her artworks reflect an ongoing love of animals, as well as an investigation of the subconscious, not only in subject matter but also in relation to mark-making as a physical and energetic extension of the body. Pam’s current studio explorations involve making a response to the landscape and creatures of the Blue Mountains.

materials list

Basic Materials

For the first night bring the following materials:
Soft pencil – nothing harder than 6B
Pencil sharpener or Stanley knife
Pencil eraser
2 sheets of A1 cartridge paper
Willow charcoal
Soft compressed charcoal or synthetic charcoal, something really rich and black
2 bulldog clips
Masking tape
Cotton rag
Fixative spray.

Other materials will be used throughout the course – these will be discussed on the first evening. They will include:
Paper stump
Glue-stick and PVA glue
Black ink and brushes/water containers
Kraft card
Watercolour paper.

Covered footwear is essential in all studio spaces on campus.


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