Harry Westera.
Harry Westera. Veda Dante

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.

Harry Westera painted this portrait of his wife Grace for the Northern Rivers Portrait Prize.
Harry Westera painted this portrait of his wife Grace for the Northern Rivers Portrait Prize.

"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."

Darcy Goodwin by Harry Westera (2010)
Darcy Goodwin by Harry Westera (2010)

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.


‘You may be able to dance’ at Bluesfest Byron Bay

Premium Content ‘You may be able to dance’ at Bluesfest Byron Bay

Organisers have offered some more details on what the festival will be like for...

Nine times more speeding fines as warnings removed

Premium Content Nine times more speeding fines as warnings removed

Questions have been raised about Transport Minister Andrew Constance’s policy of...

Six-hour road closure: Crane needed after truck crash

Premium Content Six-hour road closure: Crane needed after truck crash

It is expected work will be undertaken to retrieve a truck from an embankment...