Peter Bonner

Peter Bonner is an Australian Artist, who in 1996 won the Dobell Prize, the highest prize for Drawing in Australia.  In his early 20’s he travelled in India, the Middle East and throughout Europe, and studied drawing and painting in London, Melbourne and New York. In 2010 he completed a Masters by Research at Monash University pursuing his interest in Perception, Narrative and the Primitive. He has been influenced greatly by Australian Aboriginal artists, Russian Icons, the deserts of Central Australia and the American West, and currently lives and works in NYC.

Bonner’s work is included in the collections of the Victorian State Library and Monash University in Melbourne, the Art Gallery of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia, and various private and corporate collections around the world.



Abstraction: Development of Language and Imagery
Peter Bonner

Thursdays and Fridays
Thursday 9am - 4pm and Friday 9am - 12pm

We will explore the issues central to Abstract Painting and the function of Drawing in developing one’s own language. This class focusses on developing each artists passion to make abstract art through a range of activities, studying in particular how to explore one’s inspiration and ideas via process and using a language specific to each artist to develop coherent abstract images. Artists are encouraged to work from source material that is personal to them and these will be developed with particular emphasis on drawing and awareness of the visual language while making. It is anticipated that each artist will develop a deeper understanding of their own inclinations and the role they play in their painting. Open to all levels. The instructor will be present on Thursdays.

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Advanced Drawing
Peter Bonner

This course will now run for the entire 8 weeks of each session

Fridays, 1pm - 4pm

The class has the objective of providing an opportunity to study in depth one particular issue through drawing, and this class will be focusing on structure.
It will take place each Friday afternoon from 1-4pm starting the fifth week of the session. At each class we will be exploring this issue a number of ways, including examining the works of masters to see various ways that they use structure, discussing as a group the consequences of this for each of us, and drawing from the model so that we can put our thinking into practice with the goal of taking the first steps towards making the ideas our own. The instructor will give demonstrations where ever possible.