Free Drawing School Online Challenge led by Laura Darling

30 March 2020

Paper pencils and an Ipad on a desk

Online Drawing Challenge led by Laura Darling of The Free Drawing School

Each Monday at 10.00am The Free Drawing School artist Laura Darling is going to announce a drawing challenge.

What you’ll need:
• A drawing tool – pencil, biro, eyeliner, anything goes!
• Something to draw on – this can be fancy artists’ paper or the back of an envelope, just whatever you have!
• Internet access (so you know what the challenge is)
• A camera phone/scanner (if you would like to share your work, and we hope you will)

The details of the challenge will be announced at 10.00am.

You will have two hours in which to complete the challenge. Share your drawings on facebook, twitter or email to with the hashtag #freedrawingschool

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

30 March Drawing Challenge: Flora


Good morning! I’m Laura and I’m the Free Drawing School Artist at Hospitalfield.

The Free Drawing School is part of the Future Plan capital investment programme at Hospitalfield and the redevelopment of its historic walled garden.

Hospitalfield House is filled with beautiful carvings, ornaments and tapestries depicting various plant forms.

Today’s challenge is inspired by the concept of ‘bringing the outside in’.

Your challenge this morning is to make at least six observational drawings inspired by the word FLORA.

☆ You must draw from observation (i.e. something you can see).
☆ Minimum SIX drawings, but you can do as many as you like.
☆ Finish, photograph and share* your drawings in the comments below by midday today.

☆ Look for patterns in your house, on your clothes, furnishings, crockery etc – how many feature plants/flowers?
☆ Go outside if you can and draw plants.
☆ Try combining details from patterns with drawings of real natural forms (trees, plants, flowers)
☆ Materials – you choose!

*I would love to see what you’ve drawn! You can choose to upload all, some or just one of your drawings to the comments on Facebook or send an email to

Don’t worry about it being ‘good’ – this is a chance for us all to be creative together and gain a glimpse into each other’s worlds.


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