Free Drawing School Online Challenge led by Laura Darling


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Paper pencils and an Ipad on a desk

Free Drawing School Online Challenge led by Laura Darling

On 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 and post your work in the comments on our Facebook page for others to see.

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

Drawing of Board Members in the Library

Today’s Free Drawing School Challenge: Window

Good Morning,

This is the last challenge was set by Laura Darling, Hospitalfield’s current Free Drawing School Artist. We will be announcing future challenges by guest artists.

Laura is working on a graphic novel about the history of the garden. To set the scene and connect the house and garden in the story, Laura often includes windows in her illustrations.

Enjoy you challenge!


PART ONE: Warm up (30 minutes)

  1. Find at least five ‘windows’.
  2. Draw them quickly – 5 minutes maximum per ‘window’. Be scribbly – this is your warm up!


Draw a window.

You can do as many drawings as you like, or get comfy and do one long drawing – do what feels good for you!

You can be literal/metaphorical/poetic with your interpretation of this theme, but there are some rules!


☆ You must draw from observation (i.e. something you can see).

☆ No internet searches! Explore your environment.

☆ Finish, photograph and share* your work in the comments below by midday today.


☆ Try drawing without lifting your pencil/pen off the paper. This is called continuous line drawing.

☆ Vary your lines – try using the side of your pencil/press harder or more lightly with your pen.

*We would love to see what you’ve drawn! You can email your drawings to kirsten@hospitalfield if you would like to share what you have been drawing.

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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