The craft of drawing is getting student’s results
HIGH school and tertiary students looking to optimise their test and exam scores are turning to local art classes to enrich their skill set.
Qualified art teacher Harry Westera said students often used extra curricular classes to add sophistication to their body of work.
"Often I will have visual arts students from TAFE and university who want to learn basic conventional drawing and painting skills as a balance to the more conceptual approach of those institutions," Harry said.
"Students also find that the routine of weekly lessons motivates them to keep artistically active."
As well as developing his own artwork, Harry teaches the craft and art of drawing, oil painting and watercolour in weekly classes in Bangalow and Lismore, as well as occasional workshops in Byron Bay, Tweed and surrounding areas.
"Drawing students learn to simplify everyday objects to basic shapes and forms and then to make them look three-dimensional and solid with tone and shading," he said.
His watercolour students learn basic wet-in-wet techniques and colour mixing to create vibrant and realistic pictures.
"These skills enable them to express their artistic imagination with greater power and confidence," Harry said.