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Sketching in Historic Fairhall (1860) with Alissa Duke

Learn to sketch with watercolour pencils and be inspired by antiques and beautiful objects. Your class will be held in Fairhall, the 1860s home of The Johnston Collection, a museum of fine and decorative arts in East Melbourne. All materials are provided and absolute beginners are welcome.

On arrival, meet other participants and your tutor over tea or Market Lane coffee, and become familiar with watercolour pencils and how to use them. Then test your new skills as you explore the grand, ground floor rooms of Fairhall, which have been set for a royal banquet with antiques, exquisite silver, and beautiful decorative objects from The Johnston Collection. Record your impressions with guidance from your tutor.

Your ticket includes a welcome tea or coffee, watercolour pencil class, an on-location sketching experience, and a sketch kit to take home with you (sketchbook, 12 Faber-Castell watercolour pencils, and a waterbrush – value: $25).

Your tutor Alissa Duke is a law librarian and artist. She sketches daily, documenting everyday events, objects, and travels in her life. Alissa regularly leads sketching classes for small groups and her work has been exhibited around Australia and overseas.

This event is supported by The Colin Holden Charitable Trust.

Event date

Event Details

192 Wellington Parade, East Melbourne, Victoria

As a heritage organisation located in a residential area, all visitors to The Johnston Collection are required to pre-book and arrive via our courtesy bus. We kindly ask all visitors to arrive at the Pullman Melbourne on the Park, 192 Wellington Parade, East Melbourne 15 minutes before the event and take public transport where possible.



Entry fees:
Adults $ 95
Prebooking requiredhttps://johnstoncollection.org/Sketching-in-Fairhall-with-Alissa-Duke~79526+61 3 9416 2515
Attendance limit:
Less than 50
Onsite facilities: