Drawn to Nature: Sketching and Distorting Natural Forms Online Workshop

Sunday 31 January 2021

TarraWarra Museum of Art’s Summer Sketching program takes a virtual bushwalk this January with an online drawing workshop led by Yarra Ranges artist Mel Hartigan. 

Using a selection of foraged organic objects, Mel will gently guide you through a series of immersive drawing exercises that expand on traditional botanical sketching techniques and encourage you to play with environmental juxtapositions such as macro and micro, chaos and order, and light and shade. Combining realism with abstraction, twist, re-arrange and morph your drawing subjects to create a series of works that celebrate our relationship with the natural world. 

Suitable for all skill levels, including first time sketchers.

This interactive artist-led online workshop will be delivered via Zoom Meeting and will run for 90 minutes. Participants will need a computer or smartphone with an internet connection. Please contact our Education Coordinator Shannon Lyons shannon@twma.com.au if you have any queries about the Zoom platform.

Online via Zoom.
FREE, one registration per participant required. Attendees will be sent a link for the Zoom Meeting 1 hour before (9.30am AEST) the workshop is due to commence on the day. 

This event is now booked out. To be added to the wait list, click here.

Further Information

Mel Hartigan is a visual artist living in the Yarra Ranges whose practice includes illustration, animation, and sculpture. Her work stems from the human body and morphs into hybrid forms involving satire, food, flora, and fauna. Mel’s work explores conflicting emotions and behaviours, and she employs multi-layered metaphors deeply rooted in the aesthetics of surrealism and special FX.

As an arts educator, Mel is invested in providing comfortable, enlightening, and entertaining workshops in a diverse range of mediums. From the fundamentals of drawing and painting, to game play and kinetics, Mel enjoys sharing her skill set and ingenuity with others. She applies a non-judgemental and informative teaching style which aims to spark creativity in new and versed artists and believes that you’re never too young or too old to learn something new or surprise yourself!

Mel holds a Bachelor of Fine Art from Federation University (1997), and an Advanced Diploma of Multi-media from RMIT (2006). She currently works as a Programs Coordinator creating workshops, stories, and experiences for people of all ages and has previously worked as a muralist, storyboard, and concept artist, contributing to numerous arts projects and collaborations

  • Online workshops will be hosted via Zoom Meeting. Participants must check that their computer and internet service being used to access the online workshop is compatible with the minimum specification requirements to use Zoom. Please check your compatibility here
  • You must check your computer, tablet or smartphone for Zoom compatibility prior to the start of the online workshop. Test your Zoom connection https://zoom.us/test and should issues arise please seek support via Zoom.
  • You can choose to enable your video in the Zoom Meeting. For the best experience, we ask that you set your microphone to mute, and that you raise your hand before unmuting to ask questions or share comments during the workshop. If you’d prefer, you can ask a question or share comments via the chat function. 
  • By registering in an online workshop you are giving permission to be photographed. Photos may be used by TarraWarra Museum of Art for Education and Public Program promotional purposes. Please inform staff if you do not wish to be photographed.
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