Naracoorte Art Gallery is holding an open day this month

LEARN TO DRAW: Naracoorte artist Julie Earl, along with Alison Rowe, is ready to teach locals the basics of drawing with the assitance of her student. PHOTO: Elisabeth Champion
LEARN TO DRAW: Naracoorte artist Julie Earl, along with Alison Rowe, is ready to teach locals the basics of drawing with the assitance of her student. PHOTO: Elisabeth Champion

Get to know the rich history of the Naracoorte Art Gallery, or try your hand at drawing at a workshop at the gallery's upcoming open day.

Exploring Drawing and Valuable Volunteers are the titles of two sessions to be held at the Naracoorte Regional Art Gallery on 30 May.

Naracoorte artists, Julie Earl and Alison Rowe will be the tutors for a two-hour drawing workshop from 10am.

All materials will be supplied and participants will be taught basic drawing techniques and encouraged to unleash their inner artist.

This workshop will suit beginners from 10 years to adult and numbers are limited.

Mrs Earl said they class would help beginners to get started.

"We will give people the confidence to take off with their drawing when they are scared to start," she said.

"If they don't know where or how to start, we'll teach them where to start and give them the confidence to keep going."

There will be a tour of the Gallery at 1.30pm which will look at the Ibis awards, the permanent collection of art works, the reading and research resources available and touch on the history of the building and Gallery.

There is certainly plenty of history to learn as the Naracoorte Gallery is the oldest regional gallery in South Australia, established in 1968.

The tour will be followed by coffee and cake where current Valuable Volunteers will be attending and celebrated.

Anyone interested in learning more about the Gallery, membership or becoming a part of the volunteer sitter family, is most welcome.

Secretary Lesley Cook encouraged those with a few hours to spare each month to consider getting involved in the gallery.

"We offer the chance to work in a beautiful environment and a chance to meet people - we have had a lot of people through the doors lately,' she said.

"It is a lovely, friendly place and you don't need any art knowledge, just an interest."

Bookings for both Exploring Drawing and Valuable Volunteers are essential for COVID regulations and catering.

Phone the Gallery on 87623390 by 27 May and leave a message.

The Open Day is funded by a joint project of the Naracoorte Lucindale Council and the SA Government under the Wellbeing SA Statewide Wellbeing Strategy.