Classical Drawing for Teens


In this program, students will not only master the foundational principles of realistic drawing through observational techniques but also delve into contemporary and expressive drawing methods.

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Led by Elsie Preston, an Honours graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts and a former student of the Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School (VCASS), this drawing program offers a blend of traditional and contemporary art practices. Elsie's expertise spans sculpture, drawing, painting, and installation.

Students in this program will receive instruction on mastering the fundamental principles of realistic drawing through observational techniques, as well as exploring contemporary drawing methods. They will focus on effortlessly creating portraits, still life, figures, and landscapes with an informed approach.

The curriculum covers essential topics such as the importance of line, managing perspective, building strong compositions, spatial relationships, proportions, materials, and drawing surfaces. Students will work from a variety of sources including still life, landscapes, photographs, life models, self-portraits, and portraits to develop their drawing skills.

This program comes highly recommended for students with a passion for pursuing a career in the arts. It provides them with a valuable head start in constructing a strong portfolio from a young age, setting a solid foundation for their future artistic endeavors.


  • We invite students to arrive no more than 10 minutes prior to the start of class.
  • Materials may stain or ruin clothing and we do not take responsibility for damage to clothing.
  • Students are offered one make up class per term which must be pre booked to match the missed class. Please contact us to arrange your make-up class.
  • Please review terms and conditions before enrolling.
  • Term length may vary according to government school timetables between 8 & 9 weeks.

At Melbourne Studio of Art, we prioritize imparting not just technique and expression to our students, but also instilling the value of seeing projects through to completion. In an educational landscape often characterized by instant gratification and overemphasized outcomes, we place a significant emphasis on teaching the principles of commitment, perseverance, and the rewards that come from disciplined effort. We believe it is important for children to learn these valuable lessons in today's fast-paced world.

5:00pm – 7:00pm  | 15th July – 9th September 2024

Course Materials

Materials not included in the cost of this course however are available for purchase at the studio. View suggested materials list below.

Comprehensive kits are discounted by 25% of regular retail prices and enrolled students receive a 10% discount on individual items. All items are available for collection from our studio prior to course commencement.

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