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Figurative and Performative Drawing

Figurative and Performative Drawing

Regular price $660.00
Regular price $735.00 Sale price $660.00
GST included where applicable.
Early fee ends on 25 Mar 2024

On Campus
30 Apr - 18 Jun 2024 (Tue)
6:00pm - 9:00pm

Join this comprehensive, foundation course in figure drawing to develop your technical skills and gain confidence in capturing the human form.  Learn to draw moving subjects in dynamic poses; and experience drawing in diverse environments.
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Course Details

Course Program: Term 2 2024

Start Date: 30 April 2024

End Date: 18 June 2024

Day: Tuesday

Time: 6:00pm - 9:00pm

Number of classes: 8

Discipline: Drawing

Lecturer: Todd Fuller

Age: 16 years and over

Level: Beginner, Intermediate

Location: National Art School

Course Overview

Join a comprehensive, foundation course in figure drawing to develop your technical skills and gain confidence in capturing the human form, in the studio and beyond into real-world environments. In Todd Fuller’s intensive course, you’ll develop technical proficiency in figurative drawing through an understanding of anatomical principles and proportions; cultivate observational skills with attention to detail; learn to draw moving subjects; and experience drawing in diverse environments. Todd presents structured exercises to build your drawing tool kit; he introduces the study of light and shadow to give form, gesture drawing to capture movement and flow, capturing facial features and expressions, and techniques for achieving likeness and character in portraiture. Working with live studio models in dynamic poses, you’ll master the art of small, quick sketches as well as sustained studies and finished artworks. He will equip you with the drawing skills to transform any setting into a life drawing studio. The course culminates in a unique experience where students will have the opportunity to draw live musicians in an ‘orchestral’ setting.

*Short courses are open to students of ages 16 years and over.

*Drawing and painting short courses may be held in upstairs studios. If access to stairs is not suitable, please contact NAS Short Courses Administration at

Lecturer Profile

Todd Fuller is known for hand-drawn animations and his practice integrates sculpture, moving image, curatorship, performance, and painting. Above all else, Fuller is a drawer with a love of storytelling, utilizing research and empirical experiences to elevate queer and regional experiences. Since graduating from the National Art School (2010), Fuller has exhibited extensively in Australia and internationally, including the US, Italy, and France. He exhibited in the Sulman Award Exhibition at the Art Gallery of NSW (2019), and won the Jacaranda Acquisitive Drawing Prize (2018). His pieces are held in notable public and private collections including the State Library of New South Wales, Parliament House Collection, Artbank, Museum of Brisbane and numerous Regional Galleries. Fuller also teaches Masterclasses across the Regional Gallery sector to artists and teachers.

Art Materials

Students must supply their own art materials, please refer to the list below.

  • A4 sketchbook for notes and fieldwork, 200gsm, with good quality smooth paper
  • A2 drawing pad
  • A1 sheets of drawing paper to be discussed in class (purchase later for Weeks 5, 6 and 7)
  • 6 sticks of thick or extra thick willow charcoal
  • 1 box of small medium charcoal
  • Graphite pencils and/or Progresso, 2b and 4b
  • Charcoal or white pencils optional
  • Basic set of coloured pencils- 12 pack, classic colours
  • 2 white chalk pastels
  • 6 bulldog clips
  • White plastic eraser
  • Small tube of white acrylic paint - any brand
  • Pencil sharpener
  • 3 brushes
  • 1 can fixative spray
  • Ink and 3 medium ink brushes (Week 7)


    Parkers Fine Art Supplies have a location of the NAS campus and offer a discount for NAS short courses students. To discuss and order art materials please contact Parkers:

    Phone: +61 2 9247 9979


    Parkers Fine Art Supplies Website 

    In line with NAS Covid Safety Guidelines, all students and visitors must be fully vaccinated or have a medical contraindication form completed by a health professional.

    Protective clothing and covered footwear essential