Free Drawing School Online Challenge led by Rachel Pimm

29 June 2020

Free Drawing School Online Challenge led by a different artist each week

Join the Free Drawing School live online every Monday at 10am.

A different drawing challenge is announced each week for you to get involved with at home between 10am-12pm guided live with an artist.

This week’s challenge is led by Rachel Pimm, an artist based in London. Rachel works with sculpture, video and performance to explore environments and their materialities, histories and politics often from the point of view of stuff such as plants, minerals, worms, water, gravity or rubber. They have an MFA from Goldsmiths and were 2019 writer in residence at Whitechapel Gallery. Rachel came to Hospitalfield in 2016 as part of the Summer Residency.

The Free Drawing School Online continues over the summer with many more challenges as we invite lots of guest artists to design the weekly challenge for you to join in with.

The Free Drawing School challenges are designed to be done at home with the resources you can bring together from your drawers and cupboards.

Details
The details of the challenge will be announced here and on social media at 10.00am.

You will have two hours in which to complete the challenge and post your work either in the comments on the Facebook event for others to see or on twitter or instagram with the hashtag #freedrawingschool.

You can also email your outcomes to volunteer@hospitalfield.org.uk

The Free Drawing School is made possible with generous funding support from The Robertson Trust and The National Heritage Lottery Fund.

Materials Needed for Rachel Pimm’s Challenge

This challenge is a collage challenge:

You’ll need:

  • Paper to print the templates or paper and a pen to draw your own (window?)
  • Download a copy of the template by clicking on the images or from here https://drive.google.com/file/d/12TK5ECQvbccpPoWMa8igc1KPnGWunZQ-/view?usp=sharing or email volunteer@hospitalfield.org.uk if you would like a copy emailed or posted.
  • Scissors or a knife to cut with (or you can rip)
  • Tape or glue to stick
  • Any old stuff lying around- old magazines, pressed plants, bits of waste. I have plastic to embellish the ‘glass’ but food packaging would work well! Stickers, newspapers, old bills…

 

Instructions for Rachel’s Collage Challenge

Instructions – Free Drawing School Online with Rachel Pimm

“I’ve been staying healthy and happy during isolation by watching things grow, and by eating them, but I’ve also been thinking of ways to decolonise my work and support Black Lives Matter and unlearn my own internal systems of oppression. I learn from weeds as well as cultivated plants, all of which show how growth happens all the time, that life forms can co-exist and outgrow their systems of oppression, always in unexpected ways.

This challenge is a collage challenge:

You’ll need:

  • Paper to print the templates or paper and a pen to draw your own (window?)
  • Download a copy of the template by clicking on the images or from here
  • volunteer@hospitalfield.org.uk if you would like a copy emailed or posted.
  • Scissors or a knife to cut with (or you can rip)
  • Tape or glue to stick
  • Any old stuff lying around- old magazines, pressed plants, bits of waste. I have plastic to embellish the ‘glass’ but food packaging would work well! Stickers, newspapers, old bills…

Botanical history is full of ways in which plants have been cultivated under glass, to stay indoors or to fulfil certain uses for capitalism, which is not their natural habitat.

I’ve sent some digital drawings of some of my favourite archival examples of glass structures to contain life, as templates on which to draw. Life is unruly!

  • A window
  • A wardian case
  • A telescope
  • A Petri dish

These structures can both contain but also can support the ways in which life wants to grow- certainly while these structures have some kinds of historical violence associated with them- like the movement of plants, they also have allowed study, and the conservation of biodiversity to be possible.

I look forward to seeing your work, whether you choose to use the templates I made or make your own.”

Rachel Pimm

Join in by using #freedrawingschool or by emailing your drawings to volunteer@hospitalfield.org.uk

All images and video courtesy of Rachel Pimm.

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