Dobell Programs


Generously funded by the Sir William Dobell Art Foundation, the Dobell Drawing School offers an opportunity for Year 11 Visual Art students from government high schools in Sydney’s west and south-west and nominated regional areas (In 2023 the nominated regional areas are the Riverina, Western NSW and South Coast) to participate in one of five workshops including Drawing the Nude, Portrait Drawing, Drawing the Clothed Model, Objective Drawing and Experimental Drawing. The program culminates in a pop-up exhibition at the National Art School campus in the heart of Darlinghurst.

  • Students are nominated by their Visual Arts teachers.
  • Information regarding this program will be sent to participating high schools in early Term 1.



Generously funded by the Sir William Dobell Art Foundation, the Dobell Regional Teachers’ Workshop offers two days of intensive drawing for teachers from NSW government high schools. Through the workshop a practicing artist from the NAS will encourage participants to share ideas and debate issues with peers while exploring technical and conceptual directions.

Each year a different NSW regional area is targeted to ensure this opportunity is extended to as many Visual Arts teachers as possible. In 2023 the nominated regional areas are the Riverina, Western NSW and South Coast.

Completing The National Art School Dobell Regional Teachers’ Workshop will contribute to NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Registered PD hours addressing 2.1.2, 2.2.2, 3.3.2, 3.4.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.