Free Drawing School Online Challenge led by France-Lise McGurn

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Next: 4 May 2020

Online Drawing Challenge led by France-Lise McGurn

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.

On Monday 4 May France-Lise McGurn will lead the drawing challenge. France-Lise McGurn is an artist who predominantly works with painting to create fluid works that spill from canvas onto walls, floors and ceilings. Her ordered chaos of figures and limbs are deftly painted with the characteristic single lines of her brush. France-Lise created the whole room painting ‘Extensa Suite’ in the Study Room at Hospitalfield in Summer 2018.

The Free Drawing School Online continues over the spring and 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 kirsten@hospitalfield.org.uk

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

Image: Self Control, 2020, courtesy of Simon Lee gallery and the artist, photograph by Ben Westoby

Picture of France-Lise McGurn in studio

Materials needed for the challenge

For Monday 4 May you will need:

  • Some drawing materials of choice, pen, pencil etc.
  • Paper
  • Charcoal (if you have it)
  • A mirror or a willing model!
  • An image or object, you might use a magazine clipping of a figure for example. Something not too intricate with fairly simple form (you’ll need to memorise it so be kind to yourself)!

We are really looking forward to it!

 

DRAWING CHALLENGE: Led by France-Lise McGurn

DRAWING CHALLENGE: Led by France-Lise McGurn

Today’s challenge is set France-Lise McGurn. France-Lise McGurn is an artist who predominantly works with painting to create fluid works that spill from canvas onto the walls, floors and ceilings. Her ordered chaos of figures and limbs are deftly painted with the characteristic single lines of her brush. France-Lise created the whole room painting ‘Extensa Suite’ in the Study Room at Hospitalfield in Summer 2018.

“Ciao Tutti,

There are two parts to this weeks challenge, a warm up and then three studies.

So you will need:

  • Some drawing materials of choice, pen, pencil etc.
  • Paper
  • Charcoal (if you have it)
  • A mirror or a willing model!
  • An image or object , I might use a magazine clipping of a figure for example. something not too intricate with fairly simple form (you’ll need to memorise it so be kind to yourself)!

I like to work quickly so will normally go through a whole bunch of paper, a way of getting round that is to use charcoal if you have some. You can ground the paper with charcoal and then when you draw on top of it you can smudge it away, you can then rework things a few times before you have to discard it, and the layering can look nice.

I wanted this weeks’ drawing class to be about the figure, but seeing as we are all SELF isolating, I thought it would be a good time to try do some SELF portraits.

If you are self isolating with someone and they are willing and patient you can use them instead!

When I was at Hospitalfield working on ‘Extensa Suite’ in 2018, I rifled through their print archive and discovered Charles Le Brun’s Passions. These prints are studies of different expressions; despair, joy with tranquility, weeping, simple bodily pain and laughing for example. We are going to pick three expressions and study them in the mirror -how have you been feeling? Fed up? Drunk? Spaced out, happy, sad, grateful, silly, manic?

We are then going to work with as few lines as possible, simplifying each mood change, one line raised or angled can change the expression in the drawing completely.

TASK ONE:

So for a 30 minute warm up:

  • Pick an image from a magazine or something you have from life, perhaps someone you are isolated with
  • Study it by eye for 5 mins
  • Remove it by turning it over or taking it out of the room
  • Now draw this image or person from memory
  • You can do this as many times as you like

TASK TWO:

Spend some more time over this task, perhaps up to an hour, hour and a half:

  • Pick three expressions of your choice
  • Draw these expressions, if using a mirror study the forms that change, which straight lines become crooked, which new lines appear. You can also really feel your face and and study the shapes as they change
  • Try using as few lines as possible to capture different expressions

Good luck xx”

Images

1. Paper grounded with Charcoal, France-Lise McGurn, courtesy of the artist.

2-7. Expressions of the Passions of the Soul, Charles Le Brun, courtesy of The Hospitalfield Trust. Attention, Laughter, Acute Pain, Veneration, Admiration with Astonishment, Admiration

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