Early Fee

Figurative and Portrait Drawing for Beginners


ON CAMPUS: 13-14 May 2023, Saturday & Sunday 9.30am-4.30pm. Early Fee ends 3 April 2023
Tango Conway

Discover how to draw from the figure, from initial sketches of life models to detailed portraits and sustained studies. Learn to see and draw anatomical structures, bring out the personality of the subject and breathe life into your drawings.

Full details below: course outline, course delivery, lecturer profile and art materials

5 Available

Full Details

Program: Autumn Weekend Workshops 2023
Start Date: 13 May 2023
End Date: 14 May 2023
Day: Monday to Friday
Time: 9:30am – 4:30pm
Number of classes: 2

Lecturer: Tango Conway
Level: Beginner, Intermediate
Full Fee: $445.00
Early Fee: $400.00
Concession Fee: $425.00
Location: National Art School

Terms and Conditions of Enrolment

Course Outline

Discover how to draw from the figure, from initial sketches of life models to detailed portraits and sustained studies. Learn to see and draw anatomical structures and bring out the personality of the subject. Tango Conway approaches figurative drawing with different materials including graphite, charcoal and ink and explores how these materials can change the character of a drawing. Through a series of drawing exercises, Tango teaches you how to map proportional values, understand tone, draw a likeness of a person and experiment with expressive mark-making techniques. Working in the studio with real life models, mirrors and props, students will develop skills in figurative portraiture and breathe life into their drawings.

*Short courses are open to students of ages 16 years and over. For students under 16 years of age there are School Holiday Workshops, Art Club and other youth art programs.

Lecturer Profile

Artist Tango Conway uses traditional drawing techniques to investigate theatrical dynamics in the life drawing studio. Her drawings emphasize structural compositions both real and imagined. Tango teaches drawing at the National Art School and worked in Education at the Art Gallery of NSW, and she holds a Graduate Diploma in Drawing and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Sculpture. Tango was awarded the Robert Le Gay Brereton Memorial Prize in 2019, the John Olsen Figure Drawing Prize and the Jocelyn Maughan Sketchbook Prize in 2016. Her artworks have been exhibited in Olsen Annexe, Articulate Project Space, Airspace Projects, Sculpture by the Sea and the Grace Cossington Smith Gallery.


A4 sketchbook
1 pad of A2 cartridge paper
Set of graphite pencils from 2B to 8B
Charcoal pencil
Willow charcoal
Compressed charcoal
Kneadable (putty) eraser e.g. Faber-Castel Knetgummi art eraser
Firm white eraser e.g. Staedtler Tradition or Mars plastic
Stanley knife or similar (for sharpening) or pencil sharpener
2 bulldog clips
Fixative spray

Covered footwear is essential in all studios on campus.



Parkers Fine Art Supplies have a location of the NAS campus and offer a discount for NAS short courses students. To discuss and order art materials please contact Parkers on +61 2 9247 9979 or email [email protected]
Website https://www.parkersartsupplies.com/

COVID-19 Policy

Whilst NAS strongly encourages vaccination, students are not required to be vaccinated as a condition of their enrolment at NAS.

Protective clothing and covered footwear essential

#Follow us on Instagram