David Hamilton specialises in a painting and drawing practice that uses tone to establish sensitive and evocative images. In this short course, David will introduce you to the fundamental principles of tone or value. He will also explain how tone can be used to for its expressive qualities. David will give brief introductions to the work of selected artists (past and contemporary) giving examples of tonal drawings as well as the technical approaches and methods employed.
Ages: This course is designed for adults
(Students aged 14 -18 who are studying art may be able to attend, please contact us to discuss suitability)
4-week Short Course – enrolments now open
(No experience is required, however if you are considering doing an Introduction to Observational Drawing course as well, we recommend completing the Observational Drawing course first).
David Hamilton specialises in a painting and drawing practice that uses tone to establish sensitive and evocative images. In this short course, David will introduce you to the fundamental principles of tone or value. He will also explain how tone can be used to for its expressive qualities.
David will give brief introductions to the work of selected artists (past and contemporary) giving examples of tonal drawings as well as the technical approaches and methods employed.
David will also include some observational drawing principles such as how to establish perspective and proportion and how to identify shapes in the positive and negative space.
Participants will have the opportunity to establish different approaches in creating a tonal drawing through:
Participants will be working from Still life with the option to work from photo references in later weeks.
Class places are limited to ensure one-on-one tuition.
This course will be taught by experienced Artist and Teacher David Hamilton. David has a wealth of experience to share with Melbourne Art Class students. David has a long teaching history at RMIT and Monash University and has had an impressive career as an artist for over 30 years.
understanding values (tonal scale)
using tone to express form/space/atmosphere/mood
exploring materials and techniques
the importance of paper / surface
using graphite/pencil, charcoal, conte and other tools for laying down areas of tone
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The program is a studio-based class that mixes personalised tuition with a program of short presentations. A wide range of mediums are available, including drawing and painting in both oils and acrylics. It would be suitable for anyone who is interested in a class that develops observational skills and fundamental artistic skills while maintaining a degree of flexibility for creativity. We welcome all skill levels in this class – from complete beginners, or focused artists pursuing a project. For beginners, Marco will initially use a more structured approach that covers the fundamentals of drawing and painting.
Our Studio Art Courses are the foundation of Melbourne Art Class. In these classes you have the freedom to work on your own projects, or our Still Life display with guidance from an experienced teacher and professional artist. During the term, we sometimes have mini-lectures on a particular art movement, genre or technique. We welcome all skills levels, from complete beginners, to experienced artists who need a space and dedicated time to create.
This is a specialised course in painting and drawing which focuses on the development of foundational techniques, combined with a mentoring style support for children and teens producing their own artwork. These classes are for students who are interested in creating outside of regular school hours and would like to further develop their artistic skills. We aim to nurture our students’ natural artistic ability and interests, whilst also teaching the fundamentals of art practice.