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This drawing workshop will explore composition as a process of improvising from a source. Students will be encouraged to extend their visual thinking in response to the stimulus of Renaissance paintings: finding shapes and groupings of forms, transposing these to other scales and compositional formats, and taking a layered approach to materials, to develop autonomous images.

You will be able to book tickets from 9:30am on Friday 5 February.
Lecturer: Paul Higgs
Location:  NAS Building 16

This experimental drawing process may lead in many directions, from representation to total abstraction. Your approach to drawing may involve mixed media and collage elements, and the possibilities of working within a tonal scale (black, white and greys) and/or full colour.

The images of Renaissance paintings will be selected by Paul Higgs and provided as A3 prints.

Catherine ferguson, Suitors No. 1, 2014, Promarker on Paper, 21cm x 21cm

While some materials may be provided, bring as much as you can from the following list:


coloured crayons or pencils (not oil crayons)

coloured ink

water-soluble colour crayons

large scissors

cutting knives

masking tape

pins for wall works

glues – gel medium or glue sticks

large sheets of brown paper for larger works

gesso/white acrylic paint

black acrylic paint

Paul Higgs is an eminent artist, working primarily in collage, who has exhibited extensively in Australia since the late 1970s.

Higgs studied painting at the Sutton College of Art and Winchester School of Art in the UK, before moving to Australia in 1977. He has shown extensively in Sydney and regional centres and has works in the collections of The Art Gallery of NSW, Artbank, Wollongong University and numerous regional art galleries and private collections in Australia, the United Kingdom and Norway.

Higgs has been the recipient of many awards including the Campbelltown Art Prize (1997) and the NSW two-year travelling art scholarship which included The Dyson bequest and the Art Gallery of New South Wales Paris residency (1984).

Higgs is based in Austinmer, NSW and teaches at the National Art School, Sydney.