The Poetry of Drawing

with Fiona Rafferty


Saturday 25 March 2017


9.30am - 4.30pm


The Centre Beaudesert, 82 Brisbane St, Beaudesert


$60   excl materials



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Drawing from the themes of the exhibition Reminiscence:  Celebrating 100 years of Australian visionary Judith Wright, this workshop will look at the relationship between the written word and visual art making. Exhibiting artist, Fiona Rafferty will conduct a full day workshop that takes the act of drawing into another dimension. Through the immediacy of drawing, participants will be able to sketch ideas and concepts for a variety of projects.

Participants will explore their favourite works of poetry, translating ideas from the written word into a series of drawings. This workshop is suitable for all ages and a range of skill levels.

Session 1
Participants will:
• Be asked to select a poem referenced in the Reminiscence Exhibition in the 2D works of Fiona Rafferty and 3D works of Frances Smith.
• Be given to time to explore Wright’s poetry and key discussion points will be presented to the student group.
• Enhance their drawing skills through exploring ideas, inspired by the Wright poem, that are relevant to their work.
Session 2
Participants will draw on their experience in Session 1, this time referencing their chosen favourite poem.
*A favourite poem by any Australian poet
*A5 or A4 or A3 Unlined Sketchbook
*Drawing 0.2 Staedtler pen
*2B pencil
*eraser & sharpener

ABOUT THE ARTIST: In 1994 Rafferty met Queensland based artist, Michael Challen. They worked together on a project titled "Land of Light", highlighting the remarkable beauty of the Australian landscape and issues concerning conservation and the environment. Rafferty continued her environmental work with the Conservation Council of WA whilst completing her Bachelor Degree in Art as a mature age student. A scholarship enabled Rafferty to further her studies and she spent a year in London 2008/9.
Rafferty now lives a life that enables her to become immersed in the landscape, geographically and culturally, of the places she chooses as residencies that inspire and inform her work. She has created work in Snowdonia National Park, Wales; the London Underground; cattle stations in Western Australia and New South Wales; the rainforest of Tamborine Mountain, Queensland and in 2016, Rafferty spent six months on a property at Lake Keepit, Manilla, New South Wales where she created a body of work that addresses environmental and community concerns in the Liverpool Plains of New South Wales.

This masterclass is presented by Scenic Rim Regional Council and administered through Flying Arts Alliance Inc.


View the 2017 Life is a Work in Progress activities  here