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Lesson 1. On looking in a changing world: drawing and attentive looking

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RMIT Design Hub, Project Room 2

Building 100, Level 2

Corner Victoria and Swanston Streets

Carlton, VIC 3053

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David Thomas: Colouring Impermanence highlights the value of painting and the process of empathetic observation to contemporary creative practice.

Works drawn from over four decades are presented together for the first time at Design Hub. The exhibition is intended as an exploration of the core values inherent within David Thomas’ practice including colour, duration and time.

For this exhibition our public programs will form a ‘micro-course' that draws on Professor David Thomas’ teaching practice. Participants in our free series of eight lessons (one for each week of the show) will undertake activities as if enrolled in David's classes. The micro-course is an introduction to the way David works, how and why the exhibition at Design Hub has been created and how David teaches creative practice. Each lesson will explore ideas such as attentive and 'empathetic' looking, timing, materiality, pictorial space, art history and theory. The lessons will involve looking, drawing, photography, conversation, reflection and review. David will host the majority of the classes and at times will draw on his community of artist, educator and curator peers as well as past and present students.

In this first lesson, the concept of attentive looking is introduced and we ask: what does it mean to sit and closely analyse an image or an object or even our environment over time? And how can we do it productively? David asks participants to engage with the complexities of drawing by analysing one of the works on display and the exhibition space itself.

This lesson will be led by David Thomas and the Design Hub Curatorial team.

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Please bring along drawing materials - pencils, pens, paper etc. No paint please.

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Building 100, Level 2

Corner Victoria and Swanston Streets

Carlton, VIC 3053

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