Drawing Student Workshop | with artist Andy Quilty

Drawing Student Workshop | with artist Andy Quilty

A series of artist-led MAKING workshops for high school students accompany the Pulse Perspectives exhibition. Driven by creative process, experimentation and conceptual thinking with consideration given to ATAR Visual Art guidelines, these practical workshops are designed to give young artists invaluable insights from practising artists.

The workshop will focus on the notion of drawing as a process of discovery.

Introducing the notion of ‘happy accidents’ as fundamental to the process of making art, in this workshop you will be encouraged to employ experimental methodologies and risk taking. Building confidence as well as technical ability, you’ll gain the ability to take a more intuitive and exploratory approach to your work.

This is a 2 hour workshop. 
Recommended for ages 13-18 years. 
All supplies and equipment will be provided.

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AGWA Learning Studio

Bookings essential


$55 +bf




Part 1 – Using a graphite pencil without the aid of an eraser, you will learn to achieve a more instinctual and primal approach to drawing. The notion of permanence in mark making is presented as an important means of discovery and the catalyst for embracing chance in drawing. The idea of the 'happy accident' removes the concept of mistakes so participants may take a less hesitant, more expressive approach to making work.

Part 2 – Working with graphite pencil, you learn directional tonal applications to give mass and form to objects and find new ways of seeing.

Part 3 – Making a series of charcoal drawings, you explore a diverse and exploratory approach to making work. Using the eraser as a mark-making rather than corrective tool, you will develop drawings that evolve through a process of experimentation and discovery.

About the artist

Andy Quilty is a multi-disciplinary artist engaged with the experience, documentation and interrogation of societal anxieties around criminality in a suburban context. Quilty is a Lecturer in Fine Arts at The University Of Western Australia, Program Patron for the Military Art Program Australia a non-profit assisting Military Veterans through art therapy, and works across the state facilitating art workshops in schools, penal institutions, community groups and Aboriginal art centres.

Andy Quilty. Photo by Pete LeScelle.
Andy Quilty. Photo by Pete LeScelle.


On Saturday 27 August, the Gallery is open 10am-3pm only as we prepare for the AGWA Foundation Gala supporting women in the arts. Some exhibition access will be disrupted with two Tracks We Share ground floor galleries closed. AGWA Rooftop bar will be closed, reopening at 2pm Sunday. Details