Drawing with Light

Nick (detail) by Peter Nilsson

Nick (detail) by Peter Nilsson

Drawing with Light: Reflection, Refraction, Light and Darkness
With Peter Nilsson

Thursday, 10am – 12:30pm

5 March – 9 April 2020

Drawing with Light is a workshop with an emphasis on some easy, step by step methods for creating the illusion of three-dimensional space and volume using highlights and shadows. The class will go through a range of different ways of constructing pictures to better understand the most suitable methods for expressing light in darkness, capturing reflections and knowing when it’s better to increase or reduce the overall contrasts of light and darkness. Focusing on the most common techniques, students can choose methods that work best for them and their artistic expression. The class will look to art history for examples from the old masters and make studies of objects such as transparent glass, shiny surfaces, light, shadow and reflections to discover ways to express these things through drawing.

About Peter Nilsson

Peter Nilsson

Peter Nilsson was born in 1967 in St. Sigfrid, in rural Sweden near the village of Orrefors and its famous glassworks. Peter was surrounded by kind craftsmen who let him play around in their workshops and he decided to become a glass engraver at the age of seven. At the age of 26, Peter went to university to study art history and ethnology, and later completed a design degree. After graduating Peter began to work as an artist and freelance designer for Bsweden and Nybro Crystal and as a teacher at the Swedish National Glass School, tutoring in Coldworking techniques, drawing and art history. Peter stayed at the glass school for nine years and in the last five years, worked as the head teacher. He moved to Australia with his partner in September 2010. Since then Peter has been working as a freelance glass artist, living in Canberra ACT.

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Week 1

The participants introduce themselves and talk about their experiences of art and artistic practice. A general description of what the class will cover, what it means and how to create a sense of space. Live studies of objects.

Week 2

Discussions around how to differentiate between the main object and the background. Looking at history, innovations, their benefits and limits. Studies relating to the discussion.

Week 3

How did the Masters do it? Still life studies of reflective surfaces and glass objects. Create a picture using light and shadow to accentuate details and shapes

Week 4

Continuing with the study of still life and portraits. This week the class will begin a bigger project.

Week 5

Continuing their projects using a chosen technique. Discussions around progress, any difficulties and what works well.

Week 6

In the final week, the class will be finishing off their projects. Reflecting on the workshop, looking deeper into things that the participants want to explore further. Course evaluation.



All materials will be provided.

What to bring

Participants are welcome to bring their own visual diary or sketchbook.


Please note, enrolment closes one week prior to the first workshop.

  • Refunds are available if requested at least one week (7 days) prior to the commencement of the workshop(s).
  • Refunds requested within one week (7 days) of the commencement of the workshop(s) are only available in exceptional circumstances and must be supported by documentation (i.e. medical certificate).
  • No refunds will be given after the commencement of the workshop(s).
  • Partial refunds are not available if you are unable to attend individual workshops that are part of a workshop series.

More info

Please contact Belconnen Arts Centre via email, or phone (02) 6173 3300.