Not everyone considers themselves an artist, but Melbourne-based South African artist Andrzej Nowicki believes that everyone has a creative voice. In 2009, Nowicki founded Grey Eye Society to introduce people to drawing in a fun, social environment. After a lengthy break Grey Eye Society classes will kick off March 12, and will continue every Tuesday for five weeks.
Even people who have only ever made stick figures on an Etch A Sketch when they were five years old are welcome. “The classes are for anyone who wants to learn how to draw,” Nowicki tells Time Out. Last year’s course was all about drawing in the outdoor environment, just as French Impressionists Monet and Renoir worked in forests and on riverbanks as part of the En Plein Air movement. This time around, every Grey Eye Society class focuses on the creative approaches of a dead artist. “The classes have a little bit of a kink in that they teach drawing using different famous dead artists’ approach to art-making,” Nowicki says. “Often there’s a model that focuses on how you’re drawing. The classes are about getting a sense of these models.”
To get the creative juices flowing, Nowicki has partnered with wine aficionado Peter Lloyd. “Peter is curating a selection of wines for tastings every class,” Nowicki says, “and his choices for wines will be based on the chosen artist’s history, location and temperament”. For Nowicki, the key intention of these classes is drawing in a social environment. “Wine should get everyone in the mood.” The $280 fee covers the cost of five two-hour classes, equipment, booze, and the good times that come with learning about late, great artists. Classes are held at a secret location on Hardware Lane in the CBD. To sign up and find out the exact location, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Better be quick smart – these classes will fill up in no time.