Early Fee

The Travel Sketchbook

$360.00 $325.00

Early fee ends 1 April 2019

18 May to 19 May, 9.30am to 4.30pm
Pollyxenia Joannou

From first impressions to sustained studies, learn to use your sketchbook as a way of seeing and interpreting the world around you.

9 Available

Full Details

Term: Autumn Weekend Workshops 2019
Start Date: 18 May 2019
End Date: 19 May 2019
Time: Saturday-Sunday, 9.30am-4.30pm
Number of classes: 2
Teacher: Pollyxenia Joannou

Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Age: 16 and over
Early Fee: $325.00
Early Concession Fee: $305.00
Location: National Art School
Availability: Available

Terms and Conditions of Enrolment

course overview

Learn to use your sketchbook as a way of seeing and interpreting the world as you travel around, from first impressions to sustained studies and finished works in journals. Work from thumbnail sketches to rendered drawings using a range of media, from charcoal and coloured pencils to oil and chalk pastels, inks and watercolours. Pollyxenia Joannou takes you on location around Sydney and teaches you how to transfer the immediate world into visual shorthand with jottings, notations and sketches, and to understand scale, perspective and composition so you can render an accurate and expressive record of your travels anywhere in the world. Classes are held indoors and outdoors (weather permitting) and on campus at the National Art School.

teacher  profile

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 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 NAS Residency at the Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris, in 2017.

materials list


  • Gummed-edge A5 and A4 pads of drawing paper/sketchbook and mixed media paper – make sure these are suitable for wet mediums
  • Sheets of darker paper in black or dark grey – can be purchased individually as needed throughout the course – also available in pads at Parkers Art Supplies on campus.

Drawing materials

  • 2B, 4B and 6B graphite pencils – 1 each
  • White Conte pencil
  • Carbon pencils – recommend Wolff’s Carbon Pencil, preferably ‘soft’
  • Drawing felt-tip pen (sepia or black)
  • Medium-sized watercolour brush and basic watercolour paint set
  • Basic pastel set – either oil pastels or chalk pastels
  • Spray can of fixative.

Drawing equipment

  • Glass or plastic jar with a lid, for holding water
  • Small plate or flat surface for mixing water colours – a cheap plastic palette is also suitable
  • Old rags or roll of paper towel
  • Suitable clothing for studio, e.g. covered shoes, old shirt or apron, hat, sunscreen.

Polly will advise on additional materials as the course progresses.

Covered footwear is essential in all studio spaces on campus.

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