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You will be able to book tickets from 9:30am on Monday 30th January.
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Lecturer: Gary Warner
Location: NAS Building 25

‘Drawing Machines’ are many kinds of autonomous devices and systems for the production of drawings. Building and using drawing machines is an exciting way to explore mark-making, composition, colour, geometry, abstraction and non-objective imagery, concept and design development, performativity, sound, problem-solving and hand-making.

Participants will learn about the history and variety of drawing machines, engage in hands-on experimentation, and conceive, design, build and activate original drawing machines and ‘drawbots’. The workshop begins with a richly illustrated talk about the strong lineage of drawing machine projects by artists, from early mechanical automata to recent digital media experiments. The lecture is followed by hands-on development of drawing machines through making and experimentation. 

3-pendulum harmonograph by Gary Warner 2014

This workshop presents creative challenges of design, implementation and refinement, and exploration of media and materials, colour, composition and presentation. Participants will be actively guided in developing and resolving their drawing machine concepts, implementations, and curated exhibition of drawings. Workshop outcomes will include video documentation of the drawing machines and preparation of an afternoon exhibition of drawings and devices on the final day.


Gary Warner ( is an artist and art worker with over 35 years experience across many aspects of cultural production. He teaches experimental drawing at NAS, has built and exhibited various drawing machines, curates a drawing machines channel on Vimeo since 2008, and has conducted cross-disciplinary drawing machine workshops at UTS and NAS in Sydney, and Monash University, Melbourne.

Drawing machine project exhibition by Gary Warner at Stacks Projects, Darlinghurst 2019