Free Drawing School Online with Pester and Rossi – Part Two

24 October 2020

Free Drawing School Online led by Ruby Pester and Nadia Rossi

Join guest artists Pester and Rossi on Saturday 17 and Saturday 24 October at 10am for a two part drawing challenge suitable for families and anyone to try.

Free Drawing School Online challenge is a free series of online events specially designed by artists, inviting you to get involved with at home guided live with an artist.

This week’s challenge is led by Pester and Rossi. Ruby Pester and Nadia Rossi have been working together since 2008, creating live art, installation and public interventions in response to people and places. Their work celebrates the power of group action. Recent major projects include Infinity Pitch at BALTIC Gateshead, a residency at Glasgow Sculpture Studios and Venice Architecture Biennale 2018. They are currently working on a project called ‘Playing Out’ produced by Rule Of Threes which explores the radical play history of Bootle in Liverpool. Ruby and Nadia were lead artists for Hospitalfield’s Children’ Procession in 2017 celebrating pupils from Timmergreens and Muirfield Primary Schools step forwards into the next stage of their lives.

Touching Nature – Draw What You Feel
Exercises and experiments in drawing and touching to connect with nature during a pandemic when our sense of physical touch with others is limited.

Ruby and Nadia are setting instructions in two parts over two Saturdays. Join in with both or whichever one you can.

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.

 

Flat lay of dried grass, pine cones, leaves and rocks

Materials Needed

Part Two of our Free Drawing School with Pester & Rossi is this Saturday 24 October at 10am

Here are the materials you need for Touching Nature: Draw What You Feel.

Attend the online Facebook event to be updated with instructions and participate with Ruby and Nadia on Saturday morning.

Materials Needed:

• Pens/pencils/paint /pastels
• Paintbrushes
• Large white paper
• Different colours of plasticine, homemade salt dough or clay
Salt Dough recipe here
• Some household items to use to make marks in the dough/clay (this could be pencils, cutlery, small bits and pieces you can find at home that you can wash clean after)

Instructions for the challenge

Free Drawing School Online with Pester & Rossi.

Here are the instructions for part to of Touching Nature: Draw What You Feel. Exercises and experiments in drawing and touching to connect with nature during a pandemic when our sense of physical touch with others is limited.

Instructions for part two of Pester & Rossi’s Free Drawing School Challenge:

“Hi Everyone! Here are today’s instructions. The first two exercises are to be done outside if possible. The last three can be done inside.

  1. Getting To Know A Tree: Find a tree in your garden, the park, your favourite one on the street maybe. Go close and put your hands on its trunk. What does it feel like? Make a drawing of the sensations. Can you guess its age? Can you imagine what this tree has seen? Is there anything you’d like to tell the tree? Think of all the things this tree connects to in nature, including yourself. You could close your eyes and imagine you are the tree. Make a drawing of the connections and sensations you feel through your branches and roots, above and below ground. Think of yourself as an individual tree and then imagine your fellow trees with you all over the planet. What do they say to each other? How do they all feel together?
  2. Draw What It Feels Like Under Your Feet: Take off your shoes and socks and sink your feet into the ground. This could be in your garden, a park, the beach, on the street, in a puddle, in a river. Anywhere you like as long as it is safe to do so. Take a large piece of paper and draw the outline of your feet big on the page. Inside and around your feet draw all of the sensations you are feeling through your soles and toes. Walk around a little bit and see what it feels like. You can write words down too if you like.
  3. What is under your feet – layers of the earth: Broadly speaking, the Earth has four layers: the solid crust on the outside, the mantle, the outer core and inner core. Using the drawings we made outside, cut them out and arrange them in layers on top of each other on the page to build up layers of the Earth. You could also think about the layers of the forest floor. Once you have arranged your layers on the page, take your salt dough or clay and remake your Earth layers in 3D, following the lines and shapes on the paper and finding a way to stack the sculptural parts in layers. Think about adding textured marks and forms to each layer as you go.
  4. Slice through the Earth: slice your layer sculpture in half like a cake and take a look at the section where you cut it in half. What shapes and forms do you see from this perspective? Make a drawing which explores the layer sculpture from this view.
  5. Paint the Earth On Your Feet: Lastly if you feel like it, paint the layered Earth Sculpture onto your feet

We can’t wait to see what you make.”

Pester & Rossi.

You can share your work using #freedrawingschool or 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.

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