Friday night Life Drawing – 5th August


Our next Friday night Life Drawing session is the 5th of August!  Join us for a fun and relaxing night of drawing to ease into your weekend!  Places are limited, all the details and to book click HERE.

Friday night Life Drawing – 5th August


Our next Friday night Life Drawing session with THE DRAWING LAB is Friday 5th August!  Join us for a fun night of drawing with wonderful models, all the details and to book click HERE.

Life Drawing Extravaganza!

Join us for a LIFE DRAWING EXTRAVAGANZA in our new studio!
Facilitated by artists Celeste Chandler and Erika Gofton, you’ll draw all day from a ‘tableaux’ of multiple models. We’ll have a yummy lunch and share our work and a glass of wine at the end of the day.
Book your place via our Pozible campaign and receive a special price! Hurry, offer ends at 9pm THIS Friday!!  *CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE*

Exploring the Human Head – starts soon!


In this 3 week workshop students will develop their understanding and confidence and learn strategies in working with the human head/portraiture.  You will explore the fundamentals necessary to understand the structure of the head so that you can work with more confidence from both life and photographs.  Students will look at the anatomy of the head, proportions, creating form, recognising planes, breakdown the individual features and how they relate to each other.  Students will work with different drawing materials and will work from photographs and life.

5th, 12th and 19th June

10am – 3pm
Tutor: Erika Gofton
Places are limited
$360 full fee / $340 student fee

Reflections on Life Drawing

Reflections on why I love Life Drawing so much!

On Sunday The Art Room in collaboration with Art Catalyst Australia held our first Becoming the Model Workshop. The workshop was designed to give new models the opportunity to learn all about being a model. From the physical considerations through to the practicalities and business aspects of being a model.

I wasn’t really prepared for what a special day it would be. There were 14 nervous participants who came together from different backgrounds and through a shared curiosity and interest in becoming a model. What struck me was how what they shared most though was their vulnerability, empathy and their humanity.

This workshop has really made me reflect on what it is about life drawing that I truly love. Of course there is the pure joy and love of the actual drawing process. I love the challenges, the frustration, the failures, and the opportunity to get totally covered in charcoal! I love being totally absorbed in seeing, in challenging myself to communicate and translate what I see onto the page. To challenge myself not to be driven by ego but by the desire to make honest, sincere, connected drawings rather than ‘good’ drawings.

But above all I feel that what I really love is the connection that happens between model and drawer and in turn then between fellow drawers within a group. I really feel this exchange exemplifies empathy, our shared humanity and shared experiences. For an artist I really feel these connections and sensitivities are fundamental.

When I went through Art School life drawing was compulsory not just for Fine Art students but for the Architecture students we shared our space with. I think sadly art students often now see life drawing as a bit of a dated endeavour only relevant to those wishing to work in more ‘traditional’ mediums. I really believe that it is more relevant than ever! Whether you are a painter or work in a more non-traditional medium such as video or performance it is an incredible vehicle to explore our connections as human beings and to challenge our perceptions and understanding. The more life drawing I participate in as both drawer, teacher and group facilitator the more I want to do. It is a very special thing.

(Director of The Art Room)

Exploring the Human Head returns in Term 2!


Exploring the Human Head is a 3 week workshop where students will develop their understanding and confidence and learn strategies in working with the human head/portraiture.  It begins on the 5th of June, for all the details and to book click HERE.