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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that this website contains images of deceased persons.

Workshops and drawing

Saturday 8 June 2019Tuesday 8 June 2021

Workshops and drawing

Saturday 8 June 2019 – Tuesday 8 June 2021

Alfred Deakin, A Life in Three Phases, 2010 by Martin Moore
Alfred Deakin, A Life in Three Phases, 2010 by Martin Moore
Alfred Deakin, A Life in Three Phases, 2010 by Martin Moore
Alfred Deakin, A Life in Three Phases, 2010 by Martin Moore

Outdoor portrait conversations

Alfred Deakin by Martin Moore

1:30pm, Sun 16 Jun

Meet for slow looking and sketching at selected public art portraits, facilitated by members of the National Portrait Gallery Access and Learning team.

Bookings required
Mal Meninga, 2009 by Cathy Weiszmann
Mal Meninga, 2009 by Cathy Weiszmann
Mal Meninga, 2009 by Cathy Weiszmann
Mal Meninga, 2009 by Cathy Weiszmann

Outdoor portrait conversations

Mal Meninga by Cathy Weiszmann

1:30pm, Sun 21 Jul

Meet for slow looking and sketching at selected public art portraits, facilitated by members of the National Portrait Gallery Access and Learning team.

Bookings required
Poet’s Corner, 2012 by Cathy Weiszmann
Poet’s Corner, 2012 by Cathy Weiszmann
Poet’s Corner, 2012 by Cathy Weiszmann
Poet’s Corner, 2012 by Cathy Weiszmann

Outdoor portrait conversations

Poet’s Corner by Cathy Weiszmann

1:30pm, Sun 18 Aug

Meet for slow looking and sketching at selected public art portraits, facilitated by members of the National Portrait Gallery Access and Learning team.

Bookings required
Drawing in the Gordon Darling Hall
Drawing in the Gordon Darling Hall
Drawing in the Gordon Darling Hall
Drawing in the Gordon Darling Hall

Reopening celebration!

10:00am, Sat 14 Sep until Sun 15 Sep

Come and join us for a weekend of celebratory activity as we throw open our doors after some cosmetic surgery!

As Famous As The Moon
As Famous As The Moon
As Famous As The Moon
As Famous As The Moon

Drawn in

As Famous As The Moon

1:00pm, Thu 26 Dec

Draw while listening to music. All materials provided; for all ages and abilities.

Drawing in the Gordon Darling Hall
Drawing in the Gordon Darling Hall
Drawing in the Gordon Darling Hall
Drawing in the Gordon Darling Hall

Drawn in

Cancelled

1:00pm, Sun 23 Feb

Due to unforeseen circumstances, our musical talent isn’t able to perform for this Sunday’s Drawn In program.

Digital Creator

1:00pm, Sat 29 Feb

Explore virtual identities by making a simple augmented reality experience in this Digital Creator workshop led by artist Jess Herrington.

Dr Elizabeth Cameron-Dalman OAM and Anthea da Silva
Dr Elizabeth Cameron-Dalman OAM and Anthea da Silva
Dr Elizabeth Cameron-Dalman OAM and Anthea da Silva
Dr Elizabeth Cameron-Dalman OAM and Anthea da Silva

Dynamic drawing

Livestreamed portrait drawing class

2:30pm, Sat 22 Aug

Join Darling Portrait Prize winner Anthea da Silva as she shares her passion for life drawing and portraiture and experiments with a range of drawing and painting styles.

Bookings closed
Simon Tedeschi unplugged
Simon Tedeschi unplugged
Simon Tedeschi unplugged
Simon Tedeschi unplugged

Watercolour demonstration with Cherry Hood

Virtual event: demonstration

11:30am, Sat 21 Nov
Live online

Artist Cherry Hood shows us her unique way of making large-scale watercolour portraits.

Bookings required

Watercolour workshop with Cherry Hood

Virtual event: workshop

2:00pm, Sat 21 Nov
Live online

Working from a photograph of your choice, Cherry Hood will share her tips to help you hone your watercolour skills.

Bookings required
Robert Drewe (in the swell)
Robert Drewe (in the swell)
Robert Drewe (in the swell)
Robert Drewe (in the swell)

Focus on the face with Nicholas Harding

IRL drawing workshop

10:30am, Sat 27 Feb

Join us in the Gallery for an intimate drawing workshop with British-Australian artist Nicholas Harding.

Bookings required
Study for John Bell as King Lear
Study for John Bell as King Lear
Study for John Bell as King Lear
Study for John Bell as King Lear

Focus on the face with Nicholas Harding

Virtual drawing workshop

2:00pm, Sat 27 Feb
Live online

Join us from wherever you are for an intimate, online drawing workshop with British-Australian artist Nicholas Harding.

Bookings closed
Doctor Stovepipe at Gorman House. Photo by Adam Thomas.
Doctor Stovepipe at Gorman House. Photo by Adam Thomas.
Doctor Stovepipe at Gorman House. Photo by Adam Thomas.
Doctor Stovepipe at Gorman House. Photo by Adam Thomas.

Drawn in

Doctor Stovepipe

1:00pm, Sun 7 Mar

Draw while listening to music. Be swept away in the moment and let colour become your instruments, line become your melody and create your own visual composition.

Ticketed entry
As Famous As The Moon
As Famous As The Moon
As Famous As The Moon
As Famous As The Moon

Drawn in

As Famous As The Moon

1:00pm, Sun 4 Apr

Draw while listening to music. Be swept away in the moment and let colour become your instruments, line become your melody and create your own visual composition.

Ticketed entry
Pebble Portraits
Pebble Portraits
Pebble Portraits
Pebble Portraits

Pebble Portraits workshop

11:00am, 3:00pm, Thu 15 Apr
Live online

To celebrate our Australian Love Stories exhibition, we’re making tokens of affection! Make pebble portraits of the special people in your life or even somewhere you treasure.

Bookings required
Pebble Portraits
Pebble Portraits
Pebble Portraits
Pebble Portraits

Pebble Portraits workshop

Wednesday 30 June, 10:30am, 11:45am, 3:30pm

To celebrate our Australian Love Stories exhibition, we’re making tokens of affection! Make pebble portraits of the special people in your life or even somewhere you treasure

Bookings required
Mrs Grey
Mrs Grey
Mrs Grey
Mrs Grey

Chiselled features

IRL sculpture workshop

10:30am, Sat 1 May

Join artist Ellis Hutch in the Gallery for a hands-on workshop with a nod to the ancient art of relief carving.

Bookings required
Sir George Grey
Sir George Grey
Sir George Grey
Sir George Grey

Chiselled features

Virtual sculpture workshop

2:00pm, Sat 1 May
Live online

Join artist Ellis Hutch from wherever you are for a hands-on workshop with a nod to the ancient art of relief carving.

Bookings required
Jorge Bontes and Cicilia Kemezys
Jorge Bontes and Cicilia Kemezys
Jorge Bontes and Cicilia Kemezys
Jorge Bontes and Cicilia Kemezys

Drawn in

Jorge Bontes and Cicilia Kemezys

1:00pm, Sun 9 May

Draw while listening to music. Be swept away in the moment and let colour become your instruments, line become your melody and create your own visual composition.

Ada Bird Petyarre
Ada Bird Petyarre
Ada Bird Petyarre
Ada Bird Petyarre

Writing the portrait

10:30am, 2:00pm, Sat 29 May

Join Wuilli Wuilli woman Lisa Fuller in the Gallery as she explores slow looking and how art can open up your writing.

Bookings required

Drawn in

Bella Groove

1:00pm, Sun 6 Jun

Draw while listening to Bella Groove. Elisa Walsh (vocals & flute) and John Black (pianist) will play an assortment of originals and familiar jazz and blues tunes.

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