Drawing for Life
Each month we invite leading artists and performers to curate poses, subjects and performances for you to draw.
Relax and unwind with short, guided drawing warm-ups, followed by long and sustained poses or still life subjects, with help from our guest artist and team of artist educators.
Ticket includes one complimentary beverage from a selected drinks menu, with food and drinks available to purchase throughout the session.
Whether you’re new to drawing or one of the greats, all abilities are welcome to enjoy this unique and artful experience. All materials provided.
Doors open from 6pm.
February and March
Join artist Sam Cranstoun as he leads you through a life drawing class that explores classical art techniques with a contemporary coastal twist. With a deep interest in Southeast Queensland history, Cranstoun’s practice looks at the narratives, events and moments that have shaped our subtropical surroundings. Responding to the HOTA Collects: Made in Surfers Paradise exhibition, this drawing class will take the all too familiar beach scene as its inspiration, combining renaissance drawing methods with Gold Coast glamour.
*Please note the date change in March.
April and May
In these Drawing for Life sessions, Queensland artist Deb Mostert will focus on foundational drawing techniques and using some classic drawing materials.
Deb says, “Drawing is the underpinning ‘bones’ of my diverse practice and any drawing I can do is helpful with seeing and making something of my world and understanding my place in it.”
*Please note date change in April
Presented by HOTA, Home of the Arts.
Sam Cranstoun’s multidisciplinary practice combines various forms of research with a wide array of media to create work that investigates different systems of representation. His work regularly focuses on historical figures and events as a way of exploring how history is shaped, how it functions and how we as spectators rely on different visual systems as a way of understanding the past.
In 2018 Cranstoun presented a solo show at the Museum of Brisbane, created a large-scale installation for The National in 2019, held at Carriageworks, and in 2020 presented a solo exhibition at the UQ Art Museum. In 2023 a mid-career survey of their works was presented at the University of the Sunshine Coast Art Gallery.
Deb’s contemporary art practice is 30 years young and involves drawing, painting, public art and small sculpture. Deb’s work has been built around the search for collected personal objects and curated public museum collections which can become metaphors for shifting memory, collections, and value.
She holds a Bachelor of Fine Art from Queensland College of Art and has had 19 solo shows and been involved in more than 70 group shows in both regional and commercial galleries. She has won several awards and been a finalist in many National art prizes including the Bale Painting Prize, the Salon de Refuses, Jacaranda Drawing Prize, and Marie Ellis Prize for Drawing.
Deb has over 18 years teaching experience with workshops and artist in residencies. Deb is committed to a daily sketchbook practice and loves to share the potential that is within everyone to carry a sketchbook and use it to record life.