Forget the Figure – Embrace the Eraser

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Forget the Figure – Embrace the Eraser (Introduction to Abstract Drawing Techniques)

This workshop aims to show a range of methods that can be used in abstract drawing. It will focus on traditional drawing materials (charcoal, ink, pencil) on paper.

The session will outline:

  • ‘Hard’ and ‘soft’ abstraction
  • How to use negative space
  • Drawing ‘backwards’
  • Conceptual approaches to drawing

This workshop is designed to allow time to experiment, play and ask questions. Examples of techniques and all materials are provided.

About the tutor: Charlotte Watson

Charlotte Watson is a visual artist based in Melbourne. She graduated from the University of Canterbury (NZ) in 2011, and her work has included drawing, sculpture and installation.

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What you will learn
  • "Hard" and "soft" abstraction
  • The use of negative space
  • Drawing "backwards" and more!
What you will get
  • Expert tuition from an experienced teacher!
  • Relaxing, fun learning environment where we allow you to experiment, play and ask questions
  • Examples of techniques
  • All materials are provided!
  • Storm in a teacup refreshments provided.

What to bring
  • All materials are provided, however, you may want to bring an apron or old shirt as we will be using materials that can stain!
What to wear


Appropriate for

This is best for those who have done figurative drawing and would like to bridge to something more introspective and a little different. All levels of experience are welcome.


Neon Parlour

Vendor since 2017

NEON PARLOUR is a multi-purpose creative space, which encourages the practices of artists, curators, designers and artisans.

Offering a diverse program, which includes workshops, launches, events, exhibitions and performances. Neon Parlour aims to foster the cultural activities of the Melbourne creative community through continuous engagement and dialogue.

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Refund & Cancellation Policy

Neon Parlour requires 48 hours notice via email prior to the start of a class or event for a full refund or transfer.  Refunds and transfers will not be processed if cancellation occurs within 48 hours of the event commencing. We do not offer refunds for missed classes. There are no fees for refunds or transfers. For cancellations prior to the 48 hour cut off, email Neon Parlour to organise a refund or transfer

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Terms & Conditions

Anyone partaking in any classes or coming to any events at Neon Parlour or organised by Neon Parlour 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 Neon Parlour.


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


Neon Parlour requires 48 hours notice in writing prior to the class for a full refund or transfer. 


In the event that a class is cancelled, students will be notified via text message or email and entitled to a full refund or credit.

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