Free Drawing School Online Challenge

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Next: 24 August 2020

artist Kirsty McKeown

Free Drawing School Online by Kirsty McKeown

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.

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

The next Free Drawing Challenge will be announced at 10am on Monday 24 August. Here are the materials you will need for Kirsty McKeown’s next challenge.

Feeling Response – Tactile Self Portraits.

“Hi again everyone, it’s Kirsty here for another installment of the free drawing school drawing challenge.

On Monday 24th August we will be making tactile drawings using touch, this can be quite a challenging exercise but it’s always lot of fun!

Full instructions will be revealed at 10am on Monday.

You will need some very basic drawing materials to get started:

  • Any kind of drawing media except for pencils or pens (charcoal, crayon, marker pens etc)
  • Paper – A3 or bigger works best for this exercise but you can use any kind and any size you have available.
  • Blindfold of somekind
  • Selection of interestingly shaped or textured objects (avoid anything too smooth or spherical like a tennis ball for example).

Hope you can all join me, see you all soon!”

#freedrawingschool

 

Free Drawing School Online: Instructions

Feeling response – Tactile Drawings by Kirsty McKeown

“Hi again everyone, it’s Kirsty here for another instalment of the free drawing school drawing challenge.

This morning we will be making tactile drawings using touch, this can be quite a challenging exercise but it’s always lot of fun! This challenge is not so much about making your drawing look like your object, its more about making tactile information visible and conveying the different qualities of your object like texture and shape.

You will need some very basic drawing materials to get started:

  • Any kind of drawing media except for ‘normal’ pencils or pens (charcoal, crayon, marker pens etc)
  • Paper – A3 or bigger works best for this exercise but you can use any kind and any size you have available.
  • Blindfold of some kind (if you have one)
  • Selection of interestingly shaped or textured objects (avoid anything too smooth or spherical like a tennis ball for example).

If you don’t have a blindfold or wearing one makes you uncomfortable you can always close your eyes instead, but I find a blindfold stops me ‘cheating’ and taking a sneak peek before my drawing is complete.

Before you begin make sure your paper is in front of you and your materials are within easy reach.

Here we go….

  1. Select an object and hold it in your hand, studying it closely for a couple of minutes. Feel its textures and contours.
  2. Put your blindfold on/close your eyes.
  3. Holding your object in one hand and your drawing materials in the other begin to describe through drawing what your touching hand feels.
  4. Try and describe through your mark making the range of textures and sensations you feel. Is it hard and jaggy or soft and flowing?  What kind of marks can you make to convey these?
  5. Push, pull and twist your drawing materials as you draw to make different kinds of marks. Press firmly or softly.  Make dots, dashes and smudges – try to draw a description of your object, changing drawing materials as needed.

Draw for as long as you are comfortable before taking a look; stop when feel your drawing is complete and start another (same object or different).

If you are feeling brave you can attempt to do a self-portrait using the same method!

I can’t wait to see your tactile drawings!”

Kirsty McKeown

Share 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

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