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Drawing Skills: Sharpen up your tool box (held in Wanaka)


Otago Polytechnic, Wanaka - 15 Cliff Wilson Street 

One class per week for eight weeks: Tuesdays, 6.00-8.00pm
Term 1- 15 February 2021
Term 2 - 3 May 2021
Term 3 - 12 July 2021
Term 4- 13 September 2021
You can apply anytime by clicking the light blue APPLY button (directly above the fee shown to the right of your screen). This will take you to our Eventbrite page where you can apply and pay online.
Sharpen up your drawing skills!

This is a fun, skills-based drawing class for those who would like to improve their existing skills, are stuck in a rut, or always seem to end up with the same results. Take your drawing to the next level.

All skill levels are welcome.

We include an introduction to Classical Drawing using the Bargue Method which has trained master artists from the Renaissance to Impressionists. This is taught in the style of The Florence Academy of Art, Florence; a beautiful, methodical and meditative process.

2021 term dates  

Term one

15 February - 16 April

Term two

3 May – 25 June

Term three

12 July - 3 September

Term four

13 September - 5 November

Please note: There will be no classes on Otago Polytechnic holidays or public holidays. No classes during Easter week of 5 – 9 April. 

What if I want to attend the same course next term?

If you want to repeat this course, you will need to apply and pay for each term separately via our Eventbrite platform (by clicking the APPLY tab in the top right corner of this page).

Learners under 16
  • We welcome learners under 16 but they do need parental consent to take this night class. 
  • If you are a learner under 16, please do the following:
    • ask your parent or guardian if it's okay for you to do this night class 
    • apply online and tick the box during the application process that says that you are under 16 
    • ask your parent or guardian to send an email to (Art Night Class Administration) letting us know that they're happy for you to take the night class. 
Class content 

We begin by exploring the concept of drawing through observation, developing a range of techniques and skills which you can then translate into drawings using varied mediums. 

By selecting a subject matter from your own preparatory material (such as sketches or photographic documentation), your personal interests will guide your learning, and through trying different approaches and materials, you will begin to develop a visual vocabulary of drawing. In turn, you can then explore how this can underpin future art-making. 


You will need to bring the following materials with you:

  • drawing board - at least A2 size of MDF board or any hard board you can clip on to
  • 2-4 bulldog clips
  • paper - A4 copy paper (20+ sheets) and A3 sketch book (better than cartridge grade)  
  • HB, 2B, 4B pencils
  • charcoal or conte pencils mixed
  • kneadable putty rubber
  • small ruler 
  • masking tape low-tack 
  • bamboo skewer or knitting needle.

This class will be run by Robyn Bardas.

Robyn is an effective, enthusiastic and encouraging teacher. A Wanaka local of 23 years, she graduated with a Masters of Fine Art from the Dunedin School of Art in 2016. Her practice is based in Otago Landscape, large scale works of mixed video, photographic print and paint. Recent exhibitions include solo and group shows at Central Stories "Locate. Horizon. Line" held in Alexandra, "New Perspectives in Landscape" at The Ashburton Art Gallery, The Rippon Hall Art Space at Rippon Wanaka, and a Group Landscape show on Stewart Island. Robyn has a passion for teaching and is pleased to offer this course locally.


While every effort is made to ensure that this sheet is accurate, Otago Polytechnic reserves the right to amend, alter or withdraw any of the contained information. The fees shown in this document are indicative ONLY. Both domestic and international fees are subject to change and are dependent on the development and implementation of Government policies. Please note that additional fees may from time to time be required for external examination, NZQA fees and/or additional material fees.