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Introduction to drawing

Teacher: Tom Penney (Melbourne)

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Hourly rates:
1 student: AUD $30.00
2 students: AUD $25.00
3+ students: AUD $20.00
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Introduction to drawing

Course description:

Drawing is a skill that anyone can develop with proper guidance. You will learn the basic techniques of drawing, building especially from the concept "drawing on the right side of the brain" developed by Betty Edwards. We will take the approach that drawing is a way of seeing as well as thinking.

Teaching approach:

Learning how to draw will be completely tailored to the individual. We will be drawing whatever we see around us that takes our interest. We can converse and move to different locations. There is never an environment you cannot draw in. My favorite subject is people in public, but we can draw whatever we see. We can draw on any surface, with any tools, even with computers, phones and tablets in later stages (I teach digital art as well).

Course program:

1: How to think and see when drawing - simple exercises to train "right brain" shift
2: Using line to depict the outside world
3: Working with different qualities of line
4: Describing objects with shade and tone
5: Emphasis and exaggeration

Places where you can take this course:

Painting classes, Melbourne
University: RMIT University
124 La Trobe St, Melbourne VIC 3000
Painting classes, Melbourne
Library: State Library of Victoria
328 Swanston St, Melbourne VIC 3000
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Hourly rates:

1 student:AUD $30.00*
2 students:AUD $25.00 per student*
3+ students:AUD $20.00 per student*

* Plus AUD $5.00 administration fee per class (per student)
* Single-class purchase fee: AUD $5.00 (per student)

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Online: Not available

In person: 60, 90, 120, 180 minutes

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Tom Penney

Spoken languages: English, French


I am a university tutor and lecturer with five years experience teaching in fine art, design and games. I am undertaking a PhD in media and communication at RMIT University Melbourne.


Bachelor of Arts (Art) (First Class Honours), Curtin University 2010
Diploma of Creative Arts (Game Design), JMC Academy 2012
PhD (Media and Communication), RMIT University, current candidate


Curtin University, fine art studio and theory
Monash University, fine art and design theory
RMIT University, design studio (digital media), games theory

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