news: march workshop – draw to design & communicate

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10am–2pm Saturday 19 March 2016

$75 per participant (plus nominal materials cost)

Includes light refreshments

Bookings essential

Positions limited to maximum 10 participants

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Is your head full to bursting with creative ideas, but you lack the skills or confidence to commit them to paper? Or perhaps you have found a nagging problem that you think you could solve, if only you knew how best to explore and refine some possibilities? Or maybe you simply wish to explain a new proposal to someone and words alone are not adequate?

You may simply wish to work out a new arrangement for the furniture, or a new colour scheme for the home. Perhaps you’d like to discuss some landscaping ideas with the local nursery, or talk to a cabinetmaker about a kitchen fit-out. Or you think you may have come up with the latest ‘must-have’ eco-product?

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All these opportunities and more can be easily explored, discussed, refined and documented with some very simple drawing techniques. You don’t need a computer and special software. You don’t need a draftsman’s table, T square and mapping pens. You don’t need to study architecture or industrial design.

All you need is a pad of paper, a pencil and some confidence gained through understanding basic drawing techniques and becoming familiar with some traditional drawing ‘language’.

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In this ‘Draw to design & communicate’ workshop, we help you discover which papers, pens and pencils you are most comfortable using. Then we explore a range of approaches to starting and ‘building’ a drawing, plus learn about the different traditional types of informational drawing and what they are best used to explain or record.

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We play with a variety of simple approaches to constructing, colouring or adding volume and texture to your drawings. And we look at some alternative ways to add labels, dimensions, scale and personal character to your design sketches so that they are not just beautiful, but also brim-full of helpful detail to ensure you remember your great ideas and can tell others about them with ease and clarity.

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Martin has explored many forms of objective and informational drawing techniques whilst studying interior design, architectural drafting, life drawing and graphics. With over forty years professional experience in fields such as theatre, exhibition, interior, furniture, product and promotion design, he believes just about any conversation can be aided or improved by having a pencil and paper in hand to better illustrate your ideas.

If you’re still not sure what you’ll gain from the workshop, please simply give him a call (or send an email) with any questions you may have or just to have a chat about what you will learn and do on the day.