What you will learn

Gain contemporary skills and knowledge.

Authentic drawing and painting practices enable creative expression, allow us to communicate with others in meaningful ways, challenge norms, and shift options. Mindful practice can also improve wellbeing and provide inroads to sense-making in an increasingly complex world.

Through the theme light and shadow, this course focuses on tone, texture and colour as key to creating a compelling and contemporary drawing and painting practice.

It is delivered at our world-class Southbank facilities and is ideal for anyone interested in developing a more rewarding personal or professional painting or drawing practice.

Painting and Drawing Studio 1: Light and Shadow can also be complemented with the other short courses in our Painting and Drawing suite, which is part of Creative Arts Studios. See course details for more information.

Hone your technical skills based on traditional methods and contemporary practice

Looking at both the abstract and the figurative, you'll gain an overview of both historical and contemporary painting and drawing practices. You'll explore traditional skills, new techniques, and practical approaches to contemporary formats, as well as highly valued research methods drawing upon acute observation, reflection and artisan skills.

Harness tone, texture and contrast

Explore foundational painting and drawing techniques with focus on tone and texture – chiaroscuro. You will also study colour theory, with a focus on the power of monochrome, harmony and contrast and how you can use these in your painting and drawing practice.

Find your unique style

As you activate your painting and drawing skills, you'll learn to find your own creative ‘hand’ and unique style. Based on the theme of light and shadow, you'll engage in exploratory practices and explore expression, and learn to use your authentic style in a range of contexts.


For individuals

To take Painting and Drawing Studio 1: Light and Shadow as a stand-alone course, you'll pay the normal price.

$990.00 AUD (inc GST)

Please contact Student Support to pay by invoice.

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Registration closes Apr 25, 2023


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2 May – 6 June 2023

Registration closes Apr 25, 2023

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