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Our Foundation Drawing and Painting courses will give you the skills, knowledge and confidence to develop a lifelong and autonomous practice.  The focus of these courses is not just developing your technical skills, but also expanding your visual literacy and critical thinking.

FOUNDATION DRAWING 1 is a 7 week class designed for complete beginners, and experienced artists who wish to revisit the fundamentals of drawing.

We begin working with pencil then progress to charcoal, and explore the diversity of using a variety of tools.  Throughout the course you will work through a series of practical exercises exploring elements such as line, space, shape, texture, value, tone, shading, composition and perspective.  You will also develop an understanding of how they collectively work together.

Each class will build on the previous session with an emphasis on developing observational and analytical skills, building confidence, and material exploration.   Foundation Drawing 1 will help you work through fear and resistance, and embrace drawing within everyday life.

This course is being hosted online with the first session introducing you to how we’ll use zoom and Slack for the classes.  The first of the 7 lessons will begin in week 2.  You’ll receive online support plus access to our Foundation Drawing 1 Online course as a resource.

Following this course with Foundation Drawing 2 consecutively will provide you with a comprehensive foundation and the confidence to explore drawing further on your own, or in one of our Open Studio classes.

Term 4 begins 28th September
8 weeks*
Tutor: Erika Gofton
Location: Online
12 – 2pm / 6:30 – 8:30pm 3 SPOTS LEFT
$480 / $440 Concession

Complete beginners and artists returning to their practice

– Weekly classes on zoom
– Access to the Foundation Drawing 1 online course which is a huge resource of filmed demonstrations, lectures and exercises
– Private Slack group

– Zoom account
– To join the Slack group (we will email you an invite)
– Mobile phone to take photos of your work and upload to Slack during class
– Range of pencils 4B-4H
– Regular vinyl eraser
– Kneadable eraser
– 10 x A3 paper, cartridge or smooth eg. hotpress watercolour

– Willow charcoal medium thickness
– Paper towel
– Charcoal pencils – soft
– Make-up sponges
– Sheepskin/cut up car seat cover

– If you booked by paying a deposit the balance will be processed 14th September
– There is no class 2nd November
*The first class will be a one hour intro session to go through how to use zoom and Slack

We encourage and support our students to make the best work they can, by working hard and building discipline you create long term skills that transcend the duration of the course.  All of our teachers are professional artists who generously share their experience and knowledge.  You will be exposed to a diverse range of artistic practice, both historical and contemporary, allowing you to explore your own visual motivation and experience of art.

We recommend taking the foundation courses consecutively: Foundation Drawing 1 – Foundation Drawing 2 – Foundation Painting – Grisaille to Glazing.

Erika Gofton is a professional artist working with both painting and drawing in her practice.  She established The Art Room in 2010 and has over 20 years exhibiting and industry experience, including teaching drawing at the Victorian College of the Arts.

Erika is particularly passionate about teaching drawing and wants to share that passion with her students to so they may learn how to more effectively communicate through drawing and connect to their own visual language.  In 2013 she undertook the Drawing Marathon at The New York Studio School in New York whilst on a residency in Brooklyn and met with drawing educators from London Drawing and The Campaign for Drawing in London to research and experience different drawing programs to bring back to share through The Art Room.

Erika has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and Post Graduate Diploma of Education.  She has held solo exhibitions in Melbourne, Sydney and Queensland and has exhibited in numerous group and curated shows.  In 2012 Erika won the Toyota Community Spirit Travel Grant and undertook a residency in New York at Point B Worklodge.  Whilst in New York she received a scholarship to complete the Drawing Marathon at The New York Studio School.  She has been selected in numerous prestigious prizes including a finalist in the Adelaide Perry prize for Drawing, The Paul Guest Drawing prize, the EMSLA, Sunshine Coast Art Prize, Mosman Art Prize, R & M McGivern Prize, the Redland Art Prize, the City of Albany Art Prize, winning people’s choice in 2012.  Erika is represented by Dickerson Gallery in Sydney.


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