Drawing is among the most popular studio specialisations in the School of Art, Architecture and Design. Courses offered in drawing reflect increasing technical competence and conceptual development. Students gain a solid understanding of traditional and contemporary drawing techniques progress to consciously construct artworks and to create paintings which may reflect broader social and cultural frameworks.
Alternative Drawing Processes (VSAR 2046)
Introducing students to innovative approaches to drawing, involving Experimentation with composition, materials and processes. Relevant to the creative development of ideas in any medium, 2 or 3 dimensional. More details (timetables, unit value and learning resources)
Introductory Drawing VA (VSAR 2048)
An introduction to the basic principles of drawing, materials and techniques. More details (timetables, unit value and learning resources)
Life Drawing (VSAR 2049)
An introduction to the principles and practice of drawing the human figure, anatomy and proportion, techniques - with the aim of developing drawing accuracy and interpretative abilities. More details (timetables, unit value and learning resources)
Drawing the Human Figure (VSAR 2047)
An extended introduction to the principles of drawing the human figure. This course will also be useful to students seeking to further their figure drawing skills. More details (timetables, unit value and learning resources)
Individual studio spaces
Individual flexible studio spaces are provided for specialising students in Drawing, Painting Imagery, Painting Advanced Imagery and Studio Specialisation 1 and 2. Students are also provided with easels, pinboards and partitions, benches and storage lockers for paint materials. Plan drawers for work on paper and storage racks for canvases are also available.
Drawing and Painting Studios
There are various spacious studios in which Drawing and Painting courses are taught. In each studio there is excellent natural light as well as overhead lighting and spotlights. Each studio contains easels, drawing boards, mobile benches and stools for students. The Drawing studio is equipped with large mirrors and mobile platforms for models, and plan drawers for storage of student work. There are storerooms adjacent to each studio, which house still life objects and drapes, anatomical skeletons and lighting equipment. Models change rooms adjoin the Drawing studio.
Painting and Drawing staff and excellent specialist technical officers are available to advise and help students in the use of equipment and safe practice. Occupational Health and Safety training in the use of machinery and materials is also provided.
The Painting workshop provides large scale benches, drying racks, equipment and tools for stretching and stapling canvas. We also provide materials for surface preparation such as sealers and priming paint. In the interest of safety, workshop facilities include an isolated self-contained and ventilated spray booth with compressor and air guns and other safety items for spray painting.
In association with the sculpture workshop, machinery and training are available for the construction and preparation of stretchers for canvas, wood and paper supports for painting and drawing. These include tools and woodworking machinery and other equipment for bevelling and framing, for example.
Staff offices, seminar rooms and computer pool
Staff offices are adjacent to the painting and drawing studio areas, as are seminar rooms. Equipment is also provided for slide and video presentation, overhead projection and epidiascopes for image enlargement.
Models are provided for all drawing and painting the human figure courses, and in special circumstances may be provided for advanced students requiring directed poses. Honours A section of the Painting studios is reserved for Honours students specialising in painting and drawing.
DBVS Bachelor of Visual Arts (Specialisation)
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Internet resources for painting and drawing (UniSA Library): this site contains links under headings such as databases, discussion lists, electronic journals, artists and studios, methods and materials, museums and more.
General Art Glossary (UniSA)
Previous Studio head Amanda Robins was shortlisted for the Adelaide Perry Prize for drawing in Sydney. Her drawing 'Contained' (pictured) was highly commended by Aida Tomescu, the judge of the competition. She will be having a solo exhibition in Melbourne in July and recently exhibited drawings in the Quirk exhibition at the SASA Gallery
In October 2006, international educator Eileen Adams, who heads the Campaign for Drawing in the UK, conducted a Drawing Everyday Workshop and Lecture for teachers. More information, images and an animation movie from the workshop
The School of Art hosted the Drawing is
Everything International Drawing Conference in Adelaide, 19-21
September 2005. School of Art staff
Greg Donovan and
Ron Corso, Program director Visual Communication, developed the
proposal and secured some international keynote speakers.