Students Work with Craig Soulsby

Through the Art Encounter Days, our Year 12 Visual Art students work alongside professional artists. The girls learn valuable skills and techniques from the artist’s expertise. The first of two annual workshops was held this weekend. The girls participated in a portrait painting workshop with Lester Prize finalist, Craig Soulsby.

Craig’s background is in illustration, digital art and oil painting. He began his artistic career working in a tattoo studio while freelancing as a games artist on the side. Craig recently studied Fine Art at Curtin University, completing Honours in 2019 specialising in traditional painting.

During the workshop with Craig, the girls painted from a live model, which really challenged them. Craig also demonstrated a very methodical format of colour mixing and paint preparation on the girls’ palettes before they started. The day was both rewarding and challenging and the young artists were certainly pushed out of their creative comfort zones!

Visual Arts Captain, Lucy Kilroe said “We thoroughly enjoyed being put out of our comfort zone and trying something new. It was challenging working from a live model and this helped us understand proportion and scale. It was great to work on a piece over a longer period of time and appreciated how much Craig taught us on a technical level.”

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