I sometimes think there is nothing so delightful as drawing.
~ Vincent van Gogh ~
As a child, was your fridge covered with your works of art? Did you love to create and draw using all the materials you could lay your hands on — from pencils and markers to paint and chalk? Were you proud of your drawings and desperate to show them to your family time and time again?
At what point did you lose that free and easy style and start to tell yourself you couldn't draw? Was it during your art classes at school when your teacher told you, 'No dear, the sky is blue, not orange.' Or was it when the 'artist' sitting next to you produced the most realistic looking drawing of their left hand, when yours looked like a potato?
As kids, when we draw, we are expressing ourselves and our view of the world. We're painting, sketching and drawing with whatever materials we have at hand. We don't 'learn to draw', we just draw.
As we mature into adults, however, we become fixated on correctness. Our works of art have to look realistic, showing the correct perspective and the right techniques. We start to compare our efforts unfavourably and tell ourselves we can't draw. Then we stop drawing.
Every child is an artist, the problem is staying an artist when you grow up.
If this was your story and you're now yearning to pick up a pencil again and create but think you can't — think again. Drawing lessons aren't just for kids at school; there are art and drawing classes everywhere in Australia to suit every taste, every level and every style — and Superprof has compiled the perfect guide to get your creative journey started. From private lessons, both online and in-person, through to formal drawing lessons at an art school, get ready to have some fun and create some art.
Don't worry about how you 'should' draw it. Just draw it the way you see it.
~ Tim Burton ~
Drawing for Beginners to Advanced Levels in Adelaide
Known for decades as 'the city of churches', the South Australian capital of Adelaide is also becoming renowned for its thriving arts and culture scene.
A collection of galleries, museums and bespoke collaboration places are spread across the city, from the Art Gallery of South Australia with its rich history dating back to 1881 to The Jam Factory, which has been the epicentre for artists and other urban creatives for over 40 years. It's the perfect city in which to be inspired whether you're into painting, design or life sketching — there is room for everyone, whether you're one of the beginners or an established artist.
If you're just looking for a relaxing evening, indulging in like-minded company with other budding artists and enjoying a glass of sparkling wine while you're sketching, drawing or painting, Art Logic runs 'Draw, Paint and Sip' art classes for adults. Kids are catered for at Little Picassos and people who are looking to seriously develop their drawing and painting skills are spoilt for choice at TAFE SA or the Adelaide Central School of Art.
Find out more about learning drawing for beginners or classes for advanced techniques in art and drawing in Adelaide here.
Everyone Can Draw — Lessons in Brisbane
If you live in or around Brisbane, you are perfectly positioned to take drawing lessons in the natural environment. From sunny beaches to cool mountaintops and rainforests, the Brisbane area has it all.
Brisbane City Council regularly offers a 2-hour 'learn to draw in nature' course and there are a number of botanical illustration lessons available at studios such as The Studio Brisbane.
If learning realistic art techniques is not your style, there are numerous other art and drawing lessons you can join including the 6-week workshops honing in on specific skills offered by Ray Coffey, and a variety of painting and drawing for beginners classes at The Art Shed. You can also settle back and join pen and ink or pencil sketching casual classes at Art Classes Brisbane, or book them for an art party celebration!
When it comes to art and drawing lessons, Brisbane has no shortage of options for every budding artist.
Learn to Draw in Melbourne
Home to world class arts and cultural heritage institutions, Melbourne is also well-known for its legal street art.
Drawing and sketching is probably the least limiting of all art techniques when it comes to choosing your preferred materials. At the most basic, all the budding artist needs is a pencil and some paper. As you progress, take the opportunity to explore all the other materials — coloured pencils, pen and ink, paper of different thicknesses and textures, conté pencils, crayons, charcoal, coloured markers, paint and chalk.
Good drawing lessons will expose you to all the materials on offer and help you learn the correct techniques to produce the best results.
Take one of Melbourne's urban art tours to discover your preferred style, then enrol in a casual art class, or a workshop series in Melbourne.
Take a Drawing Course in Perth
Western Australia is home to some of the most beautiful scenery, bucket-list landmarks and indigenous cultural history. If you're up for a long road trip, a visit to Rock Art Australia in the Kimberleys is a must if you want to learn about the origins of indigenous art.
Urban List is a great place to search online for that quirky casual or longer-term art class in Perth. You may wish to try your hand at a relaxed life drawing class at The Art Garage, or learn how to draw your 'fur baby'.
For beginners, the Atwell Arts Centre specialises in classes 'for absolute beginners' with their Art Starters class, and North Metropolitan TAFE runs a 'drawing from scratch' course.
It may seem far away, but if you're in Western Australia you'd be silly not to take advantage of one or more of Perth's art classes.
Find a Class in Sydney and Learn How to Draw
The arts scene was hit particularly hard by Covid but is making its way back in Sydney, which has always been known for its vibrant arts scene and prestigious arts awards, such as the Archibald Prize.
Art schools and studios abound in Sydney and cater for everyone, whether beginners, intermediate or advanced level.
While you only need a pencil and a piece of paper to draw, learning a range of techniques early on will ensure depth and variety in everything you create. Learn the basic techniques of cross-hatching, tonal sketching, blending, accent lines, stippling and even scribbling — then explore these with different pencils, a range of paper types and different materials to practise your skills and create the design you want.
The great thing about drawing lessons is that you can then apply your new skills and techniques to other art forms, such as painting or sculpture, because the basics of drawing are needed for these as well.
Explore the drawing lessons Sydney has on offer and unleash your inner artist.
Take an Online Class or Engage a Private Tutor
If you're not quite ready to attend a class with other students, or if you prefer to learn one-on-one or independently, an online class or a private tutor could be right for you.
YouTube is everyone's go-to these days for learning everything you can think of, including drawing. There's a YouTube class or two for all drawing skills — learn about perspective, positive and negative space, proportions and more all online on YouTube. Or follow the style of an artist you admire and learn their techniques. YouTube is free but if you don't mind paying a yearly subscription fee, Skillshare is another great option.
Learning to draw with a private tutor is ideal, especially for people who need individual guidance or who are learning particularly advanced or tricky techniques. Superprof has tutors available and ready to help all budding artists create artwork they can proudly hang on their walls. A private tutor can either work with you in your own home or in their studio, or they can run your lessons online. Start by finding out what materials you need and then, with a little work, in no time you'll be sketching and drawing like a pro.
The important thing is not to judge but to learn to sit back and enjoy the process.
Art is something that makes you breathe with a different kind of happiness.
~ Anni Albers ~
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