Linden Creates > Foundational Drawing Program

Linden Creates > Foundational Drawing Program
IMAGE > Juan Ford at his studio, 2015. Image courtesy of the artist. 

Foundational Drawing Program is a six-week, artist-led program designed for complete beginners and for those who wish to refresh the fundamentals of drawing and engage with contemporary ideas of expanded drawing practices.

Using pencils and charcoals as the primary medium, the program dives deep into the fundamental elements of drawing, including line, space, texture, shading, composition, and perspective. Through a series of practical exercises, you will explore each element and gain a holistic understanding of how they interact with each other.

With each passing class, you will build upon your previous skills, strengthening your observational and analytical abilities while gaining confidence in your drawing capabilities. Material exploration will be a key focus, allowing you to experiment with various tools and techniques and find your own unique style.

Whether you're a complete beginner or a professional artist seeking to revisit the basics, Foundational Drawing offers an enriching and challenging experience that will expand your artistic horizons.

WHEN > Every Tuesday, 25 July to 29 August 2023
TIME > 6:30PM to 9:30PM
VENUE > Linden Workshop Space, rear 26 Acland Street, St Kilda
COST > $395, All materials provided

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Juan Ford’s practice has consistently been engaged with opening up new possibilities for realism in painting. He has employed many strategies that argue around the theoretical ‘problems’ of realism in painting. Ford enjoys exploiting the limited shortcomings of the dull, officially sanctioned dialogue between painting and its would-be executioner, photography, in order to develop new potential for realism. While his work evolves and varies across time, it characteristically involves an examination of the human figure and its relationship to its environment.

Juan Ford received a Master of Art from RMIT University in 2001. His many commissions include the National Gallery of Victoria’s Melbourne Now 2013/2014, Manifesta 9 European Biennale 2012, Premier John Brumby for Parliament of Victoria Parliament House, Sir Isaac Isaacs, first Governor General of Australia for the Melbourne Jewish Museum, Monash University, The University of Sydney and Trinity College Melbourne.

Ford has exhibited extensively within Australia and internationally, including most recently solo exhibitions at Art Basel Hong Kong 2013 and the 2015 Nakanojo Biennale Gunma Prefecture.
Major group exhibitions include at The Daejeon Museum of Art Korea 2015, Bendigo Art Gallery’s Arthur Guy Memorial Painting Prize 2015, Art Stage Singapore, the National Portrait Gallery Canberra 2014 and the inaugural opening of Queensland Art Gallery/GOMA. Ford has been a finalist in the Archibald Prize in 2012, 2014, 2015 and 2016. He was also a finalist in the 2012 and 2022 Wynne Prize at the Art Gallery New South Wales.