Anatomy and the figure workshop: Keith Dewell, December 10 &11th

$350.00 Details to follow shortly.



We're excited to have Keith Dewell back at our Salisbury studio for his Portrait workshop!

July 9th &10th, 2016.

$350.00 for both days, including all model fees.

Portrait drawing (or painting) is both a demanding and rewarding pursuit. In the few art schools in Australia still capable of teaching the traditions of classical portraiture, most regard learning to draw the portrait as something to be reserved for advanced students. However Keith believes that having a systematic approach, using a plan and priorities to be addressed at each stage of the portrait development, will make a successful piece of work more achievable.

This workshop builds upon the workshop in January. The structure allows for new students, and will add to the knowledge and practice of those who attended in January. The workshop will be divided into two distinct parts.

On DAY ONE you will be drawing, and deal with:

·         issues of correct proportion, direction and form.
concepts of mass and lighting.
a method of getting an exact likeness.

DAY TWO will provide the opportunity to work through the whole process addressed on day one, whilst painting a portrait from a model.

Suggested materials:

·         A3 or A2 cartridge paper
Charcoal and 2b pencils, and a kneadable eraser
2 x Canvas boards or similar (30x40cm)
Odourless solvent in a suitable container (A jam jar will be fine). With the exception of linseed oil, no other solvents are to be used in the studio.
Rag and waste paper
A range of brushes in various sizes
Liquin or similar medium (not essential).
Oil paints basic palette: Titanium white, Cadmium yellow pale, Cadmium Red, French Ultramarine, Burnt Sienna, Raw umber, Ivory Black, other colours if you have them. Bring the best quality paints you can afford, and avoid using hues, they are cheap and nasty!

These are not prescriptive, and you may choose to continue with drawing on the second day.

Keith teaches at the Julian Ashton Art School in Sydney, and at the McGregor summer school in Toowoomba. He is a winner of the prestigious AME Bale award.

"This workshop will be of tremendous use to anybody who has ever wished to paint a portrait from life. It will be suitable for beginners and more experienced painters alike. I would also add that having had Keith as one of my teachers, and having taken many workshops with him myself, I have a lot of respect for his ability as an artist and as a teacher."
- Nick Leavey (teacher, Atelier Art Classes)

To book your spot or if you have any questions, email

Nick Leavey