Drawing for Beginners - Northern Beaches Community College

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Drawing for Beginners

Course Outline:

For Mark Kingston's class:

Have you always wanted to be able to draw? If you learn the right techniques and practice regularly you will be surprised at what you can achieve. This fun and challenging course will teach you practical art principles that will be applied in each class to improve your drawing skills. Your tutor Mark Kingston, a Master of Visual Art will guide you step by step through the drawing process. His knowledge and expertise will inspire you and help you achieve your personal artistic goals. Each week Mark will teach you about one or two art principles. You will then apply this knowledge in a range of drawing exercises and finished drawings.

  • Form and Composition
  • Linear Perspective and Landscape Drawing
  • Tone and Shade
  • Still life Tonal Drawings
  • Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain (A range of drawing techniques to help you unleash your own creativity.)
  • Figure Drawings
  • Portrait Drawings

For Jennifer Rosnell's class:

  • Drawing everyday objects and basic shapes
  • Drawing flowers/botanicals
  • Drawing with the use of shading to create shape
  • "Drawing on the Right side of the brain" book exercise exploration such as negative space, contour drawing, drawing upside down and drawing the face
  • Drawing still life setups
  • Drawing your home or a house you grew up in or a house you like the look of
  • Each session we will refer to an artist and their style of drawing and what makes them unique
  • Drawing people and portraits - explore the rules of proportion look at the features of the face in a portrait study from a photo of their choice.
  • We will draw in pencil every session but also explore other materials such as willow charcoal and ink drawing which will be provided

What to Bring:

For Mark Kingston's class:

  • Please bring eraser
  • sharpener, Hb pencil
  • 2b pencil, 4b pencil, 6b pencil
  • a pad of paper and a ruler.

For Jennifer Rosnell's class:

  • Drawing pad/sketch book A4 or A3
  • A range of pencils HB 2B 4B 6B
  • Pencil sharpener
  • White hard eraser and kneadable rubber 
  • Photos/objects required:
  • A sentimental object or toy
  • A plant or flowers real or a photo
  • Photo of your favourite animal birds or pet
  • Photo of your home or a house you grew up in or a house you like the look of
  • Photographs of people, family members or friends 

Please Note: NBMC is not liable to for any loss incurred if a class is cancelled please check with the college by calling 02) 9970 1000 or emailing enquiries@nbcc.nsw.edu.au before purchasing materials.

About the Tutor:

John Wells

John Wells has a Foundation and Pre Diploma from the Rochester College of Art, a Diploma in Art and Design (First Class Honours) from Brighton College of Art and Design and a Master of Fine Art Degree from Reading University. John is a professional artist, and produces murals and works in trompe l’oeil for clients as diverse as Meriton Apartments and Fox Studios. John has extensive teaching experience in the adult education sector.

Mark Kingston

Mark’s education includes a Bachelor of Visual Art degree from Sydney University and a Master of Art degree from the University of New South Wales. His teaching experience includes lecturing at TAFE as part of the Visual Art program and at JMC Academy as part of a Bachelor of Creative Arts degree.

Mark is one of Australia’s most talented realist oil painters. His attention to detail, exquisite painting technique and love of colour has made his work popular with art collectors and the general public. With over 40 group and solo shows across Australia, his paintings have been acquired by corporate collections such as the Roche Group and White Lotus.

His work has been featured in ‘The Sydney Morning Herald’, ‘The Sun Herald’ and ‘The Daily Telegraph’ newspapers. His work has repeatedly been showcased on the cover of and as a feature article in the ‘Australian Artist Magazine’. He has also had articles written about his work in ‘Belle Magazine’, ‘Australian Road Rider Magazine’, ‘Peninsula Magazine’ and ‘24 Hours Magazine’.

Mark has been chosen as a finalist in an impressive list of prestigious art prizes, including the Mortimer Art Prize, Hills Grammar Art Award, ANL Maritime Art Prize and as one of ten finalists exhibited on the Museum of Contemporary Arts online gallery.

Jennifer Rosnell:

Jennifer Rosnell is a Northern Beaches artist and designer, with a Fine Arts Degree from the University of NSW and an Associate Diploma in Graphic Design from The Enmore Design Institute. She has many years of life drawing experience from Julian Ashton Art School at the Rocks and Manly Art Gallery & Museum. Jennifer has worked as a creative for over 25 years. She is an exhibiting artist with numerous galleries in Australia and works on commissions for collectors worldwide. 

 Jennifer has enjoyed great success in a number of esteemed prizes, most recently having been included as a finalist in the Portia Geach Memorial Prize at the S.H. Ervin Gallery (2020, 2021) The Percival Portrait Prize (2022) The Perc Tucker Regional Gallery QLD and The National Emerging Art Prize (ACB Selects 2021) Michael Reid Gallery Northern Beaches.

 Jennifer is passionate, positive and loves to encourage her students to explore oils and discover their own individual style.

This course has no current classes. Please the waiting list.

Course testimonials:

  • This was a very interesting course. Good teaching from a very accomplished artist. Sufficient feedback and direction during assignments. Balance between giving information and practical work was just right.
  • I loved it. I learnt so much, thanks.
  • My skills increased and given me courage to draw.
  • The course is very well structured, with various techniques covered each week. The tuition was excellent. Our tutor, Mark, was very good at demonstrating how we could tackle each exercise and his one-on-one assistance was very helpful without being intrusive. He didn't take over your drawing, rather, he helped you to see how you could improve it. I feel better equipped now to draw subjects I previously saw as too daunting and I am enjoying the challenge more than ever. I will be signing up for the Intermediate course next term.
  • the teacher was very kind and thoughtfull to everybody. He's really passionate about art and his teching work thank you!
  • Mark is a very talented and patient teacher

Contact us

Narrabeen Annex: 1525 Pittwater Road,
North Narrabeen NSW 2101
Office Hours: 9.00am to 5.00pm, Mon to Fri

Brookvale Campus: Level 1, 14 William St, Brookvale NSW 2100
Office Hours: 9.00am to 4.00pm, Tues and Thur

Post: NBCC Reply Paid 1966, Dee Why NSW 2099

Phone: 02 9970 1000

Registered Training Organisation Code 90113