Introduction to Drawing Short Course with David Hamilton

Drawing is fundamental to any artistic practice. This short course is designed for people who are looking to learn the fundamentals of observational drawing. Perfect for beginners or those looking for a refresher on drawing techniques.


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Observational drawing fundamentals and technique.

Level: Beginner / Intermediate
Ages: This course is designed for adults
(Art students aged 15 – 17 may be able to attend, please contact to discuss suitability)


November 5 week short course ARMADALE 

  • Dates: Wednesdays; November 15th – December 13th 2023
  • Time: 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm (2.5 hours)
  • Location: MAC Union Studio, Level 1, 85 Union Street, Armadale
  • Course fee: $380 inc. GST


Observational drawing, in simple terms, means creating a visual representation of what you see in front of you or in reference images. It involves carefully observing a subject’s shape, form, texture, light, and shadow to create a true-to-life depiction.

Drawing from life is particularly challenging, as it demands capturing the ever-changing essence of the subject. Observational drawing serves as a foundational skill for artists, benefiting various drawing forms like figure drawing, still life, landscape, and portraiture. It enhances your observation skills, refines technical abilities, and deepens your understanding of form, light, and shadow. It’s a skill that improves with practice and patience, allowing you to create accurate and realistic representations.

Throughout this concise program, you’ll explore fundamental drawing elements, including line, tone, proportion, and value. Practical exercises will empower you to perceive and apply these elements in your artistic practice.

Our small class sizes ensure an individualised learning journey with one-on-one tuition.

Your instructor, David Hamilton, is a seasoned artist, with over 30 years experience teaching at esteemed institutions like RMIT and Monash University. His courses at Melbourne Art Class are known for his calm teaching style and unwavering dedication to sharing expertise.

Ready to kickstart your journey in improving your drawing skills? Consider enrolling in our Drawing Bootcamp, scheduled for the upcoming Melbourne Cup public holiday.

Images: @angela_as_snow, David Hamilton, Arjun, Gorgia, various example exercises, Union studio



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