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Dynamic drawing

Livestreamed portrait drawing class

Saturday 22 August
2:30 – 3:30pm
Dr Elizabeth Cameron-Dalman OAM and Anthea da Silva
Dr Elizabeth Cameron-Dalman OAM and Anthea da Silva

Bookings essential - free

This free program will be delivered using Zoom.

Calling all beginners, resumers and the possibly-quite-famous to join Darling Portrait Prize winner Anthea da Silva as she hosts a virtual figure-drawing class incorporating elements of teaching and demonstrating as a practitioner. Engage your multi-sensory abilities, sketch from a range of angles and bring to life how we see line, shape, form and tone.

Recommended drawing materials: Willow charcoal, Cretacolor Graphite pencils 6B, Faber-castell kneadable rubbers, Cartridge paper, Newsprint drawing paper 80 gsm.

Non-essential materials: easel, boards and clips.

It’s free but you’ll need to book so we can send you the Zoom logon details and recommended drawing materials.

About Anthea

Anthea da Silva is an artist based in Griffith NSW. Working mostly with charcoal and oils or acrylics on light-boxes, her artwork often celebrates portraiture and the human body. Anthea’s careers in both occupational therapy and teaching tertiary art bring a deep appreciation for the anatomy and physiology of the human form, and are the foundations for the core of her arts practice: dynamic life drawing—yoga for artists.

In March 2020, she was awarded the inaugural Darling Portrait Prize at the National Portrait Gallery, Canberra with her portrait of Dr Elizabeth Cameron-Dalman OAM.

Presented by the Where You Are Festival with support from the ACT Government.

Related information

Elizabeth, 2019 Anthea da Silva
Elizabeth, 2019 Anthea da Silva
Elizabeth, 2019 Anthea da Silva
Elizabeth, 2019 Anthea da Silva

Darling Portrait Prize

Current exhibition

from Friday 6 March

The Darling Prize is a new annual prize for Australian portrait painters, painting Australian sitters. The winner receives a cash prize of $75,000.

Timed ticketing

Sat 6 Jun until Thu 31 Dec
10:00am

All visitors must pre-book for one of the hourly sessions that are available daily. Each session will have a maximum of 100 people allowed.

© Shirley Purdie/Copyright Agency, 2020
© Shirley Purdie/Copyright Agency, 2020
© Shirley Purdie/Copyright Agency, 2020
© Shirley Purdie/Copyright Agency, 2020

Ngalim-Ngalimbooroo Ngagenybe

Shirley Purdie

Current exhibition

from Saturday 6 June

Using ochres collected on her country in Western Australia’s East Kimberley, Shirley Purdie’s self-portrait is a kaleidoscope of traditional Gija stories and Ngarranggarni (Dreaming) passed down to her.

The mahi-mahi, 2019 Rob Palmer
The mahi-mahi, 2019 Rob Palmer
The mahi-mahi, 2019 Rob Palmer
The mahi-mahi, 2019 Rob Palmer

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2020

Current exhibition

from Friday 6 March

The exhibition is selected from a national field of entries, reflecting the distinctive vision of Australia's aspiring and professional portrait photographers and the unique nature of their subjects.

We would like to thank our partners.
© National Portrait Gallery 2020
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The National Portrait Gallery acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to Elders both past and present.

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