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Drawing workshops that are for everyone

Thursday, 30th January, 2014

Broken Hill artist Robert Stollar is holding figure drawing workshops at the Regional Art Gallery, starting next week. Broken Hill artist Robert Stollar is holding figure drawing workshops at the Regional Art Gallery, starting next week.

By Ethan James

You don’t have to be a Leonardo de Vinci to be able to draw well, according to artist Robert Stollar.

The figurative artist, sculptor and stone carver is in the Silver City to hold a number of workshops which begin at the Regional Art Gallery next week. 

The eight-week course teaches the art of drawing the human figure. 

“It is something anyone can learn to do,” Robert explains.

“You don’t need to be born with some sort of gift, as a lot of people seem to think... there are a set of rules to follow when drawing and that’s what we teach people.

“Having hand-eye coordination is enough for people to learn how to draw.

“Granted, some may progress faster than others, but all who spend time and effort practicing will achieve results.”

Robert, who has worked on the restoration of famous stone buildings including the Sydney Town Hall, describes figure drawing as the first step on the way to clay modelling and then stone sculpture.  

“While there are a lot of painters and artists in Broken Hill, there aren’t a huge number of sculptors,” he said. 

The first three-hour session starts with an introduction to the basic principles before moving on to various part of the anatomy. 

A figurative sculpture in clay course will be held after the drawing tutorials are finished.

“But figure drawing itself isn’t an art form, it’s just another tool in people’s tool belts and it depends on how you use it from there,” Robert said. 

The course runs for eight weeks, starting on Wednesday, February 5 from 6.30pm to 9.30pm.

Bookings and more information can be found at www.masterclass.figuredrawingonline.com or by ringing Robert on 0412 485 429.

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