Sketching the Souls of the Warriors

Sat 3 Aug, 8am–10.30am

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Past program

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Exhibition space
Ground Level

Local artist Filomena Coppola leads a morning drawing session beneath Cai Guo-Qiang’s monumental installation Murmuration (Landscape), a flock of 10,000 porcelain starlings described by Cai Guo-Qiang as the ‘souls of the warriors in the sky’.

Working with pencil, explore the tonal range of light and dark and create evocative works that draw inspiration from the texture and detail of Cai Guo-Qiang’s installation.

Participants are invited to a private viewing of Terracotta Warriors: Guardians of Immortality and Cai Guo-Qiang: The Transient Landscape from 8–9am, before the drawing session begins.

Suitable for all skill levels, materials provided.


Filomena Coppola is a Melbourne based artist and teacher whose work explores migration, cultural loss and role of the feminine. As an educator, she loves teaching drawing and exploring the personal connection between the hand of the maker and the emotion carried through the work.


  1. Explore different ways of depicting a large-scale installation
  2. Develop observational skills focusing on detail
  3. Learn a range of mark making techniques using pencil

Workshop Outline

8.00–9.00am: Exhibition viewing (optional)
9.00–9.10am: Introduction by the artist
9.10–9.30am: Warm-up Activity
9.30–10.30am: Guided Sketching Activities

Learn Antiquities Asia Contemporary Sculpture & Installation Terracotta Warriors & Cai Guo-Qiang NGV International