27 February 2021
Free Drawing School Online with Ruth Beale & Amy Feneck
Saturday 27 February, 3pm-5pm
We invite you to join guest artists Ruth Beale & Amy Feneck on Saturday 27 February at 3pm for an online Free Drawing School workshop thinking about the essential work of care in this time of the pandemic – using collage and drawing to ask ‘who or what do you care for?’ It could be a possession, a person or even an idea.
The Free Drawing School Online is a free series of online events specially designed by artists, inviting you to get involved at home guided live with artists.
Ruth Beale & Amy Feneck have been collaborating as The Alternative School of Economics since 2012. As an ‘alternative school’, they link artists’ practice with self education as a way to study economics and economies.
Ruth and Amy will be sharing instructions on Saturday 27 February at 3pm on our website and Facebook event, then will be live via Zoom to introduce you to the challenge. Ruth and Amy invite you to make work on Saturday afternoon and then gather together at 5pm to share what you have made.
Beale & Feneck are interested in reciprocal modes of learning and making. They use diverse and creative methodologies, and collaborate with experts from a variety of disciplines, from sociologists to writers, to produce film, graphics, photography, texts and clothing, as forms of activation, dissemination and reflection. Recent projects include Rabbits Road Institute Library, currently on virtual tour to Barking & Dagenham, The End of the Present, residency with Arts Catalyst, and True Currency: About Feminist Economics, a podcast series produced as part of a residency at Gasworks, London, and a tour of Rabbits Road Institute Library, a community collection of books to be based in Barking, London. Visit their website to find out more.
Photo courtesy Hydar Dewachi
Collages by participants of Make and Talk workshops led by The Alternative School of Economics at Henry Fawcett Children Centre, London as part of Participatory Artists’ Residency Programme: Connecting Communities, commissioned by Gasworks
How to Sign Up
When you sign up, you’ll be asked for your email address so that we can send you the list of materials, link to Zoom event and optional reading material chosen by Ruth & Amy.
The workshop will happen via a live zoom meeting and you will be asked to have your cameras and microphones on at various times during the workshops.
Materials needed and pre-reading
In advance of the workshop on Saturday 27 February, Ruth and Amy suggest that you read a text that relates to the theme of care:
You will also need:
- a selection of newspapers, magazines or print outs
- your preferred drawing medium such as pens, pencils or charcoal
Here are Ruth & Amy’s instructions for today’s Free Drawing School workshop thinking about the essential work of care in this time of the pandemic – using collage and drawing to ask ‘who or what do you care for?’ It could be a possession, a person or even an idea.. You can post any work that you make using #freedrawingschool
We can’t wait to see what you make!
- Brainstorm the question – What or who do you care for?
- Look through newspapers and magazines and cut out words and pictures that resonate with the ideas around care you have thought about – be led by what jumps out at you.
- If you want to, draw round your hands and use the shapes to collage around.
- Cut or tear the images and arrange on the page. When you’re happy with it, stick it down.
- If you want to, draw or write onto your collage.