The National Gallery of Victoria launched a new four-part virtual series of its popular Drop-by Drawing program.
This virtual iteration of the program invites audiences to watch a video tutorial of a Drop-by Drawing class, which features tips and tricks on how to draw from some of Victorias most engaging contemporary artists.
The series features Victorian artists Minna Gilligan, Lily Mae Martin and Kenny Pittock giving a step-by-step guide on how to draw, whilst taking inspiration from some of their favourite artworks in the NGV Collection.
Tony Ellwood AM, Director, NGV said: Our Drop-by Drawing program is one of the NGVs much-loved programs where our visitors can hone their drawing skills in the setting of the wonderful NGV Collection. We know drawing is a very mindful and therapeutic activity, and during this time we are delighted to be able to give audiences a chance to experience virtual Drop-by Drawing tutorials at home.
THE FOUR-PART VIRTUAL DROP-BY DRAWING SERIES ON NGV CHANNEL
PART ONE: PRESENTED BY LILY MAE MARTIN ON NGV CHANNEL SUNDAY 5 APRIL
The first virtual drawing class hosted by Lily Mae Martin, takes viewers into the NGVs 19th Century European Paintings Gallery where she takes inspiration from the life-size marble sculpture Musidora, 1878 by Marshall Wood. Musidora was a mythological ancient Greek goddess, who inspired all forms of literature and the arts and is the striking centrepiece of the gallery.
Martin encourages at-home participants to focus on simple drawing exercises, including observational drawing and mark making, to begin their sketch of Musidora. These practical skills demonstrate to viewers how working on a drawing in stages builds consistency in their work.
It is about getting comfortable with drawing and embracing the practice of mastering the technique. The key to drawing is practice! Take time to look at the object and study it. Be comfortable in your setup and your space, whether you are drawing a sculpture or the kettle in your kitchen. It's something you can do at home with everyday objects, she said.
PART TWO: PRESENTED BY MINNA GILLIGAN ON NGV CHANNEL SUNDAY 12 APRIL
In the second instalment of the series, Minna Gilligan explores hero works in NGVs 20th century galleries, including Andy Warhols Self-portrait no. 9 (c.1986) and David Hockneys The second marriage (1963).
My idea for my drawing workshop was to introduce the idea of mash ups that is, referencing two works in the NGV collection in order to make a single drawing. I wanted the new work to be a personal translation inspired by these two works, by choosing elements of each that appealed to me, Gilligan said.
Hockney's brushwork is largely loose and Warhol's screen print on the other hand is slick, flat and tight. Using coloured pencils, I made my own artwork combining elements of the two - Warhol's fluorescent colour palette with Hockney's muted tones, she said.
In this series viewers will gain more insight into the American Pop Art movement through an exploration of Warhols iconic work, and also the British pop art movement through Hockneys complex work which explores both emotional and physical interiors.
PART THREE AND FOUR PRESENTED BY KENNY PITTOCK ON NGV CHANNEL SUNDAY 19 APRIL
On Sunday 19 April, viewers can join artist Kenny Pittock in his explorations of the NGVs 19th Century impressionist Gallery, where he focuses on Édouard Manets The melon (c. 1880) and August Friedrich Albrecht Schencks Anguish (Angoisse) (c. 1878).
My workshop is intended to provide some fun and accessible drawing suggestions for people of all ages and skill levels, encouraging the viewer to playfully respond to both the NGV Collection as well as their own surroundings at home, Pittock said.
I chose the Manet painting The melon because it is the ultimate celebration of the mundane. I find a lot of humour in the sincerity of still life paintings from this time and enjoy creating playful responses to the mundane in my own practice. Schencks painting Anguish is full of drama and tells a rich visual story. Like every good story, this painting has a central conflict. he said.
Watch online drawing workshops on the NGV CHANNEL