Contemplative Ink-wash Objects with Rose Rigley

22apr10:00 am11:40 amContemplative Ink-wash Objects with Rose RigleyCreative Community Workshop


(Saturday) 10:00 am - 11:40 am AEST(GMT+10:00) View in my time


Mulga Lands Art Gallery

94 Alfred Street

Event Details

Objects hold their own stories, linking us back to the memory of a different time and place. Do you have a special memory object or keepsake that you would like to draw?

In this workshop, join Rose Rigley, winner of the inaugural Queensland Regional Art Awards Reframe ‘Art Educator Award’, as she shares how to accurately represent an object using charcoal and ink-wash layers. Once you have mastered the sketching and ink-wash techniques, you can continue to create dramatic, chiaroscuro-based drawings on a larger scale.

This workshop focuses on traditional drawing techniques. Charcoal is used for mapping out the object and composition. Ink-wash is all about slowing down, taking the time to really examine the effects of light on form, mindfully building up the individual layers to reflect the subtle changes of tone, and completing your drawing with a little dramatic flair.

At the end of this workshop, you will be able to:

  • Examine objects with an artist’s eye for proportion
  • Use tonal variations to create representational forms
  • Build up layers of ink-wash to create strong contrasts of light and dark
  • Create contemplative, personal drawings

This is a slow-paced workshop, with some pre-preparation provided. Rudimentary skills in representational drawing are beneficial, but not essential.

Please bring: 

  • A memory object or keepsake.
  • An apron or clothes that can get messy.
  • Snacks and a water bottle.

Note: All drawing equipment will be supplied.


Further information: 

This workshop is delivered as part of the Queensland Regional Art Awards (QRAA) Reframe touring exhibition which will travel to Charleville, Longreach, Blackall, Moranbah and Cairns in 2023.

The QRAA is an annual visual arts prize and exhibition for established and emerging artists living in regional and remote Queensland. The program aims to provide a platform for further professional development. The 2022 QRAA explored the concept of ‘Reframe’, calling artists to enter work which drew upon experiences and observations, reflecting upon the past year or two and responding to our changing world. ‘Reframe’ is an opportunity to see our current situation from a different perspective, to inspire problem solving and decision making and apply learning, whilst constructively responding, shifting and evolving.

This project is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland. Flying Arts Alliance was a recipient of the Touring Queensland Fund – Round 1a 2023 to deliver Reframe the touring exhibition of the 2022 Queensland Regional Art Awards, collaborating with the Queensland Music Festival Music Trails.

For further information visit here.

Image Credit: Rose Rigley, My Mother’s Objects (detail), 2020, ink-wash on 300gsm Arches Aquarelle.

Additional Information

Rose has exhibited in numerous solo and group shows both regionally and nationally. Her ink-wash drawings are held in private and public collections. After studying drawing under Dr Ben Joel for her BA (FA), Rose fell in love with the contemplative and time-consuming layering process of ink-wash drawing.

Examples of artist’s work are HERE

Image: Rose Rigley, artist at work.