Pastels with Judy Drew - 2 Days OCTOBER with Judy Drew

We have been trying to book Judy for 3 years and now you can finally join one of Australia's best pastel portrait artists to take your portrait drawing & pastel to the next level. We will be working from clothed life models on both days (model fees are included in the price).


Do you love drawing and painting the figure? We have finally secured one of Australia's best pastel portrait artists to lead a 2 day weekend art workshop on the Gold Coast. 


The day will begin with a brief talk and demonstration drawing with a life model. This will be about fine tuning your powers of observation. We will look at how different ways of lighting can create a sense of drama to the work. We will also see the exciting effect using a kneadable Rubber can have when used to create variations in the tones and the especially the charcoal surface. Although aiming for a likeness, the exercise will be more about creating a work which shows emotion and drama.


The day will begin with a brief talk and demonstration on black paper. Again we will be fine tuning our powers of observation and will look at the influence of Japanese art on The Post Impressionists. Their observations on how flattened areas of colour, elimination of shadows and an emphasis on colour and light can create works which were refreshing and vibrant. 

Materials List:

A few sheets of cartridge paper

Compressed Charcoal

Kneadable Eraser

Firm Rubber

2 or 3 Sheets of Black Mi-Teints pastel paper (sanded type)

A small range of flesh-toned hard conte pastels including black and white (see images) Jack Richeson or Alpha Fine Texture Brands recommended

A range of soft coloured pastels (Schminke brand is Judy's preference)

A hand held mirror


Torchon (blending stick/burnisher)


All Saints High School - Highfield Dr, Merrimac QLD 4226

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$495 per person

Meet the Teach

Judy Drew

Australian painter Judy Drew was born in 1951. Her passion for the Post-Impressionism period and the influence of Japanese art in the late 1880’s, along with her creative sense of colour and form, allow Judy to create beautiful and modern work, even though Judy’s work is contemporary she retains a touch of sentiment in all her pieces. Her rich and textured pastels convey her emotion and love for this medium creating refreshing and strong compositional work, which is sensitive to the subject matter. Judy’s love for figurative work and her sensitive portraits of the Bougainville people gained local and international attention whilst living and working on Bougainville Island in papua New Guinea from 1976-1984. After living in Papua New Guinea, Judy returned to Melbourne and continued to concentrate on her figurative work and still life compositions. She studied Graphic Art at Prahran College of Art in Melbourne and has been recognized with numerous Awards including the Omega Contemporary Art Prize and the Portrait Prize, Melbourne Savage Club. With sell-out exhibitions, Judy’s reputation continues to soar as one of Australia’s most talented and exciting female artists.


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