Advanced Life Drawing

Advanced Life Drawing

Tutored body positive life drawing class


Advanced Life Drawing Workshop taught by Elias Youssef (assisted by Frances Cannon), hosted at Pink Ember Studio. 




This 4-week series will prioritise queer and marginalised bodies (both models and students) and provide a positive, affirming, and safe environment in which to learn. These classes are tutored and critiqued, and the focus is on learning and advancing the practice of life drawing. For this series, some prior experience with life drawing is expected (i.e. having attended life drawing classes in the past).

Each class will begin with a short presentation designed to expand your knowledge base and improve your work. 

Topics covered:

WEEK 1: Light and Shadow (Focus Material: Pastel)

WEEK 2: Composition (Focus Material: Ink)

WEEK 3: Portraiture

WEEK 4: Long study

If you have any questions about signing up for class, please don’t hesitate to contact Elias via email:

Class structure 

5:00pm - Doors open, everyone chooses their materials and gets settled. 

5:10pm - Class begins with a short slide presentation, in which the tutor introduces the class and talks about the focus for that evening. This may be general principles, structural anatomy, approaching light and shadow, or specific drawing techniques. 

5:30pm - Life drawing starts, beginning with short warm-up poses (30 seconds - 2 minutes) then increasing to longer sittings.  

7:00pm - Class finishes.

Students can expect 

To have all materials provided for - drawing supplies (charcoal, pastel, ink), paper, and standing easels (though if you do have your own materials that you prefer, you are welcome to bring those).

To advance your drawing skills in a positive and judgement-free environment

To be guided through a variety of drawing techniques and principles

To be able to ask questions and receive critique, both during class and during breaks

To learn how to use different materials including graphite, pastel, charcoal, and ink.  

Class guidelines

No photography or use of mobile phones while the life drawing is taking place

Generally keep talking to a minimum, unless you are asking the tutor for advice/feedback, which is also done quietly out of respect for the model

Any disrespectful people will be asked to leave

All supplies must be left at the studio (you may take your drawings with you)  


If you are attending a workshop, please let us know if you have accessibility requirements prior to your visit. 

There are two front entrances to the space: a doorway entrance and a large roller door that can be opened for full access to the workshop area. The floor is sealed cement.


Our bathroom is currently not fully wheelchair accessible. There are no steps leading to the bathroom, but there is a ramp and some doorways to manoeuvre through. The bathroom has a door with a width of 75cm.

We are in the process of applying for grants to get a fully accessible bathroom installed in our building; this will most likely happen by 2025.

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What you will learn

  • Life drawing principles, skills, and techniques

What you will get

  • Tutored instruction and individualised critique
Parking Info

Limited parking on street, but surrounding streets have parking. 

10 minute walk from Batman Station

7 minute walk from North Coburg Terminus/Sydney Rd Tram stop (Tram 19). 

What to bring

  • No need to bring any supplies except a willingness to learn and a positive attitude!

What to wear


Appropriate for

Anyone interested in furthering their life drawing skills! Prior experience with life drawing required (i.e. have attended life drawing classes in the past).

Frances Cannon Art

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Frances Cannon is a queer, multidisciplinary artist based in Melbourne/Narrm. They works predominantly in drawing and painting in ink, gouache and watercolour. Frances is well known for their simple yet nuanced style of black and white illustration. Frances' work examines ideas of body-love and body-loathing, anxiety, relationships, sex and sexuality, gender, and bodily functions. Their work can be viewed as diaristic as it is based on personal experience. Frances has been involved in ten successful solo shows at galleries including Tinning Street, Off the Kerb, Courthouse Youth Arts Centre, and numerous group shows at galleries including: Montsalvat, RMIT Gallery, Neon Park, Rubicon ARI, and Fort Delta. Frances has worked with with Teen-Vogue, Gucci, Refinery 29, Third Drawer Down, and has been published in Frankie, Yen, Teen-Vogue, Bustle, HuffPost, Dazed and Confused, Vogue, SBS Australia, i-D Mag, Rookie and many more. Frances is the co-owner and director of Pink Ember Studios in Coburg.

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Your Teacher

Elias is a queer trans artist of colour, whose practice ranges from animation to tattooing to classical oil painting, and has enormous passion for life drawing. Classes will involve a level of technical exploration of drawing principles, but the atmosphere is still relaxed, fun, and informal.

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5.0 (2 reviews)
Jamesrated it
08 Apr 2024
Fantastic course! Learnt so much and felt encouraged every class! Weekly oasis of creativity 🌴😎🌴
Sarahrated it
08 Apr 2024
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Cancellations & Refunds

If the organiser cancels the class:

You are entitled to a full refund.

If you can't attend the class:

  • A refund can be requested 6 hours before class starts. Free of charge.
  • A transfer can be requested 6 hours before the class starts. Free of charge.
  • A credit note can be requested 6 hours before the class starts. Free of charge.

No changes will be allowed after these times.

Terms & Conditions

Anyone partaking in any classes or coming to any events at Frances Cannon Art or organised by Frances Cannon Art must agree to these terms and conditions.


I agree to take on full responsibility for any damages, injuries and for physical and/or personal property, which I might incur whilst participating in classes and/or events organised by Frances Cannon Art.


I agree to give Frances Cannon Art unrestricted publishing rights for any photographs or videos taken at Frances Cannon Art classes and events or on Frances Cannon Art’s premises. (For use of Frances Cannon Art marketing materials).

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