Skip to main content

Draw the House: Digital Sketchbook Tour with Todd Fuller

30 April and 28 May 2023

Digital Tour | Sydney Opera House Presents

Virtually explore the Opera House and its surroundings via a live digital tour, and experience it through the eyes of an artist. Connecting from the comfort of your home, together you will explore various drawing techniques and perspectives inspired by one of the world's most iconic buildings.

Drawing is a way of coming upon the connection between things; just like metaphor in poetry reconnects what has become separated.

John Berger - Art Critic, Novelist, Painter & Poet

Also on this page

Frequently asked questions

Slow down, observe...

Create a range of drawings inspired by one of the world's most iconic buildings.

Virtually explore the Opera House and its surroundings via a live digital tour, and experience through the eyes of an artist. Working with a variety of artists each season, explore various drawing techniques, and perspectives inspired by one of the world's most iconic buildings.

You will also be joined by an expert Tour Guide Host to traverse through the Opera House with, and learn about the influence of visual arts in the site's history, including the beautiful tapestries that grace our venues and foyer spaces.

Drawing is as practical as an architectural and engineering blueprint, but it is also a tool for creative expression and making meaning, visually documenting what we see or imagine on paper, for others to view, interpret and enjoy.

From the very beginning, drawings have played a significant role in the Opera House’s history – a global architectural competition saw entries from all over the world, where a relatively unknown Danish architect, Jorn Utzon, became the winner of a new National Opera House for Sydney. Utzon’s original and somewhat controversial design was an imaginative sculptural response that the judges were convinced would be ‘capable of becoming one of the great buildings of the world’.

Following the digital tour, you will have an opportunity to ask questions to your Tour Host and Visual Artist Guide.

A self-guided version of this digital tour will be available on 30 April for you to explore the Opera House and a variety of drawing techniques at your leisure.

Presented by Sydney Opera House

Todd Fuller

Todd Fuller's practice integrates sculpture, moving image, performance and painting but at the core to all he does is drawing. For ten years, Fuller has been crafting hand-drawn animations that grapple with love and loss, as well as ideas of place, identity and community. Often narrative in form, these award winning works are derived from Fuller’s experiences with different communities, sites and histories. He has been awarded a number of residencies that have informed and developed his practice, including time spent at Bundanon Trust, Hill End, Grafton Regional Art Gallery, as well as international stints at the Cite Internationale des Arts in Paris, the British School of Rome, and recently the NG Creative Residency in Provence.

Frequently asked questions

You may also like

The sails of the Opera house under construction.
Construction of the sails
1 Apr 2023 - 30 Mar 2024 Tours & Experiences

Architectural Tour

Join us on this tour where you'll learn how in the mid-1950s, Australia and a man from Denmark, Jørn Utzon, created a sculpture on Sydney Harbour that changed the course of twentieth-century architecture. To quote US architect Frank Gehry, “(it) changed the image of an entire country.”

A tour guide with a group of people outside the Sydney opera house.
1 Apr 2022 - 31 Mar 2024 Experiences

The Sydney Opera House Tour

Uncover the stories, history and magic of the Sydney Opera House with an incredible guided tour, taking you underneath the world-famous sails.

26 Mar - 29 Oct 2023 Tours & Experiences

Taste of the House

Wine and dine your way around Sydney Opera House restaurants and bars to experience the culinary delights of some of Sydney's best chefs.