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Looking to Pounce: Portrait Drawing

Saturday 11 September 2021
Live online
Looking to Pounce: Portrait Drawing

Join us from wherever you are for this free online drawing workshop with a unique focus on ways of looking and engaging with drawing as a process rather than the creation of a finished product. You will be guided through a series of drawings from observation with a life model using two techniques developed by visual artist, Elisa Crossing. The first involves the novel use of a pounce (see description below!) to map the shapes of shadows to give form to the head and the second develops this mapping in further detail with a linear drawing. The combined effect brings the face into focus!

Materials Required:

  • 4 or more sheets of drawing paper,
  • 4 sticks of charcoal – vine and/or compressed charcoal or dark chalk pastels
  • An eraser.

To make a pounce you will need:

  • A stocking or similarly fine gauze cloth
  • Some stuffing from an old pillow or soft toy.
  • Powdered charcoal – either grate to a fine dust or pound in a mortar with a pestle. Sift out any larger chips
  • A dropcloth to protect your working area (charcoal dust can get a little messy!)
Making a pounce
Video: 1 minute 22 seconds

Elisa Crossing is a professional visual artist and has exhibited paintings, drawings and 3D installation works in a career spanning over three decades, with seven solo exhibitions and over 30 group shows, locally and nationally. Ms Crossing has been an innovative and enthusiastic arts educator for over twenty years, developing and delivering original content through practice-led teaching, working as a lecturer at the ANU School of Art & Design, in Foundation Studies since 1998 and Painting since 2002. Ms Crossing has co-designed and delivers ‘The Exquisite Corpse’, an interdisciplinary art and anatomy undergraduate course at the ANU since 2016 which won the Vice-Chancellors Award for Teaching Excellence in 2020. Ms Crossing has held workshops for the National Gallery of Australia, National Portrait Gallery among many other art organisations.

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Make a booking and the Gallery will email you details on how to connect with us using Zoom.

Other ways to book: Phone 02 6102 7070 or email bookings@npg.gov.au

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