Damien Shen, Charcoal and Pastel Studies. Photo: Damien Shen

Damien Shen, Charcoal and Pastel Studies. Photo: Damien Shen

Saturday 20 October, 11am-4pm

Damien Shen


$79 Full / $59 ACE Associate/Concession


ACE Open Front Room


All abilities

Class size:


  • Wheelchair Access

Master new rendering techniques and learn how to create a dynamic sense of light and dark in this in-depth drawing workshop with South Australian artist Damien Shen. Shen’s extraordinary command of tone and line has been recognised nationally, including finalist positions in the Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award, and as winner of the 2016 Blake Prize (emerging artist category) and Prospect Portraiture Prize.

Focusing on form and depth within drawing, Shen will share techniques he has honed throughout his practice to construct an illustration from beginning to end. You will learn about constructing reference points for your work and build skills in charcoal and pastel. All materials and light refreshments will be provided.

ACE Open’s workshop program provides a unique opportunity to learn new skills and engage with leading contemporary artists in a creative, social and participatory environment. Designed to suit a range of skill levels and interests, these artist-led programs offer all audiences – from curious gallery-goers through to practicing artists – an opportunity to learn a range of creative techniques through hands-on, practical classes.

DAMIEN SHEN is a South Australian man of Ngarrindjeri and Chinese bloodlines. His artistic practice is embedded in histories, revisiting the people, places and stories that shape the world he occupies. Shen constantly pushes his practice across different mediums. From time consuming, labour intensive drawings and paintings to bleeding watercolours, printmaking and photography, he is constantly constructing and deconstructing the world around him. Through this imagery he better understands his identity and the identity of those that help to shape the world he lives and the content remains relevant to contemporary Australian issues around race, history and politics. In February 2016, Damien Shen was the winner of the Blake Prize (emerging category), December 2015, the winner of the Prospect Portraiture prize, and has been a finalist in many art prizes around the country. Damien Shen lives and works in Adelaide, South Australia.