I have learnt so much on this course, it’s hard to believe the progress made in a few weeks. Jody has put together a course that is interesting and challenged me to deeply get to know my subject matter. Each week I learnt and practiced new skills and Jody’s knowledge and resources pushed me to keep improving.
I would recommend this course to anyone who wants to improve their drawing and learn a variety of techniques and skills. Jody is a great teacher, she really looks at your individual work and sees what could be improved or experimented with. Her deep love and expertise in drawing and creativity comes across in her lessons.
It was also fun and supportive to post in the whatsapp group as we went along – to see other’s work progressing and to share insights and challenges.
Mandy Galbraith 29/6/2020
Jody’s course has taken me from feeling that my drawing was a huge weakness to a position of greater confidence in my technical skills and an enthusiasm for exploring further techniques and experimentation. I was impressed with the tailored experience and the number of resources that Jody provided. Her feedback and guidance was positive and constructive. The addition of the WhatsApp group allowed us to share and comment between online sessions which was encouraging and valuable. I Can’t Live Without has been an excellent course and has led to works for exhibition. Thank you, Jody.
Kirsten Johnston 28/6/2020
Happy Daze 220
Discarded bits of cardboard, wood and acrylic and enamel paint.
13cm(h) x 11cm(w) x 18cm(l)
Home has been inspired by my love of architecture. I am especially fond of the make shift, old, busted, or derelict. I like looking at the evidence of activity seen in the character of old buildings. Dog scratch marks on a back door, little balcony’s protruding from windows and holes covered or walls constructed from random bits of wood. The charm I see in old buildings causes me to ruminate about previous inhabitants and the times they lived in.
I had so much fun making these little dwellings out of empty boxes and odds and ends lying about in my studio. It’s deeply satisfying creating original artwork from single use items that get thrown out. It costs me nothing but time and innovation with what I have.
Online Exhibition – 6 – 21 June 2020
Phone: +61 2 9328 0922
In January 2020, just after the mega-fires went through the Blue Mountains, I went to BigCi Artist Residency at Bilpin, NSW. I did this to be in the charred landscape and see how I could respond creatively to such a significant time in our history.
As a result I created ‘Trashed’ which is currently showing in Occupied at the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre.
Trashed’ has been created from cans, plastic and glass bottles thrown out on the side of The Bells Line of Road in a 30 kilometre distance from Mt Tomah a to Browns Swamp at Lithgow.
The extent of how much is chucked out on a scenic drive became more evident after recent bushfires cleared away trees and shrubs hiding litter along the highway.
Occupied runs from 2 June to 5 July 2020.
Photo credit – Graeme Wienand.
Term 3 commencing – Wed 29 July – Wed 16 Sep 2020/ Thur 30 July – Thur 17 Sep 2020
An engaging, expressive drawing course that comes to you in the comfort of your own home. Save precious time, energy and money packing and travelling to class and join lessons that make the most of the online experience. Be inspired weekly, with ideas and concepts that activate your passion to draw and create.
This program will keep you absorbed and help you refine your drawing skills as you discover new creative ways to interpret your environment.
This course has two full day in studio options as well
Open the Door and Draw.
Workshop 1 – Sunday 16 August 2020
Workshop 1 – Composition – Figurative
Begin the class with interesting engaging drawing techniques to help you let go of inhibitions and connect with the joy of drawing. The second part of the class will be focused on creating a dynamic composition by changing your viewpoint and drawing yourself from a perspective you have not considered before.
Workshop 2 – Sunday 13 September 2020
Workshop 2 – Mark Making – Still Life
Often what we don’t see excited us, sometimes the thinking about something is more exciting than the reality of it. Uncover new approaches to still life and mark making by wrapping and binding objects and using them to draw and abstract from. This workshop will be focused on materials and mark making.
Venue – Art Est Art School
Experience level – Intermediate and advanced students.
A collection of portraits of people as they face the coronavirus pandemic.
I started drawing portraits to connect with others. Life got busy answering emails, texts, responding and updating social media platforms, travelling long distances to work, I no longer had time to connect with friends. The coronavirus lockdown offered an opportunity which provided time and space in my life to reconnect with what is important to me.
My connection and relationship with others.
Jody Graham in the studio with Facing Coronavirus Portraits and Home Series.
Photo credit – Graeme Wienand
Facing Coronavirus Portraits are a way to connect and explore creativity with others.
If you would like to know more please contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org
Links to online expressive portrait workshops.