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Pure Pencil

Linda’s class is an exciting journey into the world of drawing with pencil and colour pencil. This is not a class in ‘copying’ a photo – but an exploration of drawing using nature as your subject and a pencil as your tool.

In this workshop you will learn how to use and refine the techniques needed for rendering tones and textures of feathers, fur, scales or natural ‘found’ objects using only graphite and/or colour pencils. Starting with a new ‘mystery’ drawing, then working with found objects and photos, you will progress through various drawing techniques to create a finished drawing of your favourite animal (wild or domestic).

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  • Adults: $396.00
  • Under 18: $242.00

Prices include GST


Age 16+
Skill Level Everyone
Time slot Whole Day
Status bookings open July 1, 2018.
Location Bellingen High School

More about the course


Weather permitting, a morning of ‘urban drawing’ will be planned. With a wide and varied number of subjects to explore you will discover how to get the best from these mediums. An experienced art tutor, Linda will demonstrate all the techniques she uses in an easy to follow step by step approach; supported by one-on-one tuition and a comprehensive workbook you can take away with you. Some reference photos and still life materials are supplied, but students are encouraged to include their own photo references and ‘find’ their own objects. Her classes are quite structured, but allow great freedom for discovery of self-expression and joy through the wonder of the natural world.

Be prepared for the unexpected, lots of fun and to take a few risks with your pencils! (Class size up to 14, age range 16 to 96, some drawing experience advised but beginners are most welcome – beginner to advanced students.)




Linda Weil

Linda Weil

Linda Weil is a professional artist with over 40 years’ experience specialising in drawing Australian wildlife, botanical and nature studies. She has worked as a professional illustrator for national magazines as well as teaching and exhibiting her drawings in a variety of galleries and exhibitions throughout Australia. Her engaging and detailed drawings of animals, pets, wildlife, botanical and nature studies have won numerous awards. Linda has authored / illustrated ‘How to Draw Lifelike Animals’ and co-authored ‘The Art of Drawing Animals for the well-known international art publisher, Walter Foster. She has been commissioned to produce work for Derwent pencils and her drawings can found on the latest packaging for a variety of different Derwent products. Her drawings have been featured in the 2016 and 2017 Australian Geographic Art calendar. Linda teaches regular drawing classes locally in Victoria and workshops interstate. A full resume, list of awards, as well as examples of her work can be viewed at: http://home.exetel.com.au/lindaweil

Course Requirements

  • Drawing board (A3 size minimum) with prop
  • Bull dog clips
  • Masking tape
  • Kneadable Eraser
  • Blue Tack
  • Pencil Sharpener
  • A4 Cartridge Visual Diary (for sketch and note taking if you require)
  • Pencils as follows:
    • Graphite pencils, 2H, F, HB, B, 2B and/or 4B
    • Colour pencils – bring what you have available, you may also borrow from my class set as required. Aquarelle type preferred but not obligatory
    • 4B Water Soluble Graphite pencil – Derwent ‘Sketch and Wash’ preferred
  • Brush
    • Pental Aquash Medium (Japanese nylon brush with water barrel) this is not required but fun to have and you will end up using it constantly!
  • Paper (at least one sheet of following, cut to 4 x A3 size for transport*)
    • Full sheet 300gsm Hot Press watercolour paper. Arches or Fabriano or Lana – you will most likely end up using all 4 cut sheets, so be prepared to buy extra if needed, or buy two full sheets
  • Extras – you may wish to include some or all of the following in your ‘kit’ if you already own these items.
    • A portable light source
    • Knife/box cutter
    • Scissors
    • Ruler
    • White cotton gloves
    • Tracing Paper
    • Pastels/Pastel pencils
    • Any type of colour pencil (inktense/polychromo/etc) you already own and wish to try out.

*NOTE*  The standard size drawings will be done on A3 size paper, so if you prefer to buy pads of paper or already own pads, bring along instead of buying specially. Students are encouraged to bring in those materials they already own and have been using and are comfortable with.


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