Portrait workshop with Noel Thurgate


Noel Thurgate

NOEL THURGATE is a 2017 & 2018 Archibald finalist as well as a drawing teacher with more than 25 years experience.   For 9 years he was Head of Drawing, the National Art School, Sydney. 

Since 1975 Noel has exhibited in numerous solo & group exhibitions including the Young Contemporaries, the Archibald Prize and the Kedumba Drawing Prize.

He is represented in state, regional, institutional and many private collections.  

Noel currently teaches part time at the NAS and was joint winner of the 2018 Kedumba Drawing Prize.

Date:  Saturday 7th March 2020

Time: 10.00am – 4.00pm


All Saints Church Hall,
85 Ocean Street, Woollahra


Edgecliff Station and walk (10 mins) up Ocean St.
For bus routes visit www.transportnsw.info
or call 131 50
Free parking in the grounds of the Church


A drawing investigation for the structure of the head and how features of the face relate to the forms of the skull.

Composition, scale, placement, cropping and lighting  will be covered.



  • Lunch  (the Church Hall is approx 10 mins from nearest shops)
  • Backing or support for max A2 paper
  • A2 cartridge paper for quick drawing and max A2 watercolour paper (e.g. Stonehenge for one longer pose)
  • Pencils / willow charcoal / charcoal pencil 
  • Sanguine colour aquarelle
  • Block rubber
  • Selection of cheap brushes in various shapes and sizes
  • Ink (and container)
  • Soft cloth
  • Optional:  easel or able top easel





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