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Transcribing the Masters

Transcribing the Masters

Begins Wednesday 24th July

Duration: 6 weeks
Hours: 7 – 9pm AEST
Level: Beginners - experienced
Price: $324 TAR Member / $360 Non Member

TRANSCRIBING THE MASTERS  is a 6 week online class with Fran O’Neill!

The act of drawing from masterworks is a powerful tool in learning.  In this class Fran presents you with different works each week and guides you through the process of transcribing the piece.  You will learn a deeper understanding of underlying connections in the work such as geometry, rhythms, and structure will all be explored using the direct observation drawing.

This class is hosted live on zoom and supported by a private forum called Slack, prior to the first class you’ll receive the zoom link and invite to the forum.  Fran uses the forum to share the image resources, plus you can upload your works in progress.

Read the FAQ below for more information about materials and the class.


Who is Transcribing the Masters suitable for? +

Transcribing the Masters is suitable for complete beginners to experienced artists.

Do I need to have any experience to participate in the transcription workshop? +

Not at all! Bring along your own interest in looking at old master works and be curious! Whatever level you consider yourself to be at will be absolutely okay, from complete beginners to those that have been making works for years.

Is transcribing just copying? +

Transcribing goes beyond a copy, it's really about finding the key to the work. Perhaps structure, rhythms, maybe you have your own interests in colour, negative shapes that help hold the viewer, or move the viewer around and through the work. The artist making the transcript is encouraged to use their own visual interpretation/language. It does not necessarily need to 'look' at all like the original - though it might!

Why does this class work so well online? +

Working from your own space is pretty great. No lugging materials back and forth, your own cuppa tea nearby. Easiest commute. Makes it super easy to continue working 'after class' if you like. And ultimately allows you to know you can easily make work in your home. The weekly making is great for your own accountability in terms of making art too.

What materials are required? +

You can use materials you already have at home, and Fran recommends the following: Variety of grey lead pencils, charcoal, glue (Matt or Gloss medium), Sumi ink, variety of brushes (flat, round, calligraphic), 5 Sheets (22” x 30”) cold press paper, ruler, erasers (at least 4-5 steadler), scissors, push pins.

What will I learn by transcribing from the masters? +

You'll come away with a greater understanding from making your own transcription, mainly because you spend time looking at the works and not just a quick glance. Students/artists will develop a deeper appreciation and understanding of the past.

What will working with transcriptions give to your personal practice? +

Many important contemporary and past artists have made their own transcriptions. By looking intensely, it could be that you begin to see how important certain compositional elements are to the works and you might begin to find ways to employ some of these strategies in your own work. Looking at narratives may give you ideas as well. The possibilities are endless for re-interpretations.

What happens if I miss a class? +

The sessions are recorded so you can watch and catch up before the next class.
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