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Life Drawing For Beginners

Participants sit in a circle around a model. Sketchbooks open, pencils poised. This is life drawing for beginners: sketching a clothed model (Sophie Nixon) as she holds props and maintains extended poses.

Led by local artists Ashlea Turpin and Luka Buchanan, Life Drawing For Beginners caters for artists at any stage. Through hands-on facilitation and guidance, participants are encouraged to not take themselves too seriously and prioritise the process rather than the product.

All materials provided, but feel free to bring your own if you’d prefer.

About Ashlea Turpin and Luka Buchanan

Ashlea Turpin is a 27 year old artist and Early Childhood Educator, who has been organising life drawing sessions at Curtin University for the past five years. Ashlea loves working with the models and learning from the many talented artists who attend. She finds capturing the human figure to be an endlessly challenging and fascinating task.

Luka Buchanan is a 22-year-old poet and artist, who published their first poetry chapbook, How to Fall Apart, in 2015, and went on to become WA Champion of the National Poetry Slam 2016 and placed third at the national final. In 2017, they published their second poetry collection, Are You A Weirdo?, which has sold out across Perth and found homes across the globe. They were also a finalist in the 2018 Black Swan Portraiture Prize.

About the Youth Week WA KickstART Festival

Now in its ninth consecutive year, the Youth Week WA KickstART Festival offers young people aged 12 - 26 an extensive range of free workshops, performances, exhibitions, talks, special events, and new initiatives for 2019.
The Youth Week WA KickstART Festival 2019 is presented by Propel Youth Arts WA, and is funded by the State Government of Western Australia. The KickstART Festival is also supported byLotterywest, the City of Perth, and the Perth Theatre Trust.
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    Event Showings

    Sunday 14 April, 12pm to 2pm 

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    Free ticketed event

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    The Blue Room Theatre

    53 James Street

    Northbridge WA 6003

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    Wheelchair access