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Portrait Drawing: From Sketches to Sustained Studies

Portrait Drawing: From Sketches to Sustained Studies

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Early fee ends on 4 Dec 2023

On Campus
8-12 Jan 2024 (Mon - Fri)
9:30am - 4:30pm

Learn to draw forms and structures of the human head, facial features, body dynamics and discover the connection between the ‘character’ and the ‘face’. Using pencil, charcoal, ink, wash and collage, to make quick sketches and sustained drawings from plaster casts, live models and a self-portrait.

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Course Details

Course Program: Summer School Week 1 2024

Start Date: 8 January 2024

End Date: 12 January 2024

Day: Monday - Friday

Time: 9:30am - 4:30pm

Number of classes: 5

Discipline: Drawing

Lecturer: Noel Thurgate

Age: 16 years and over

Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Location: National Art School

Course Overview

Explore and learn to draw the forms and structures of the human head, facial features, and body dynamics and discover the connection between the ‘character’ and the ‘face’. Using a variety of drawing mediums from pencil, charcoal, ink and wash to collage, via quick sketches and sustained drawings, students will investigate a range of subjects starting with the skull and plaster casts, to the live model and self-portrait.

Noel Thurgate challenges you to find out “What holds the key to a likeness?” He references historical and contemporary portraits to provide insight into artists’ approach their portrait subjects, their methodologies, and use of materials. He welcomes entry level students and caters to more experienced students to enable experimentation with new materials and techniques.  Noel provides the scope to explore compositional possibilities that the sitter/model and surroundings may present, during the sustained and in-depth studies.

*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

Noel Thurgate is an artist with over 30 years’ experience in teaching drawing, including nine years as Head of Drawing at the National Art School. His work draws inspiration from the figure and the landscape, and his outdoor and studio drawings explore and develop the underlying abstract qualities found in nature. Noel has exhibited since 1975 in shows ranging from the Young Contemporaries, the Archibald Prize and the Kedumba Drawing Award to numerous solo exhibitions, and his work is held in state, regional and institutional collections.

Art Materials

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

  • 1 x 4B and 1 x 6B graphite pencils
  • 4 x sticks willow charcoal 10mm
  • 2 x sticks compressed charcoal
  • 1 x medium and soft charcoal pencil
  • 1 x sepia or sanguine Conte pencil
  • 1 x white Conte pencil
  • Block rubber
  • Soft cloth
  • 1 x Aquarelle graphite pencil
  • 1 x Aquarelle black pencil
  • 3 x sheets good quality drawing paper e.g. Stonehenge 150 gsm A2 size or bigger
  • 10 x sheets of A2 cartridge paper
  • 1 x sheet of A2 Canson paper mid tone grey


    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