22-23 June, 2019 10am-4.30pm

Fringe Festival

17-21 June 2019

Release your inner creative with this year's exciting programme of workshops, demonstrations, talks, exhibits, competitions and more.

Observational Drawing: Seeing Usefully

Sun, 23 Jun 2019
10.00am - 1.00pm
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Observational drawing could cover anything from a quick gesture sketch to a finished, detailed drawing. There is nothing between your eyes and your drawing. In this workshop, we will not be copying from a photo or screen (although there is nothing wrong with doing either!). With observational drawing, we are learning to see usefully in order to make marks on paper that express what we see or feel about the subject. Malcolm will concentrate on drawing and sketching people going about their everyday lives. We'll look at scale, perspective, viewpoint and composition as well as specific techniques for using pencils, pens and other drawing media.

This is a practical workshop - bring a few regular drawing pencils and a sketchbook. There will be useful exercises aimed at building up your live drawing confidence and skills. We'll draw each other and ourselves. Malcolm will encourage you to see and think in shapes and values in order to make rapid marks that capture gesture and character. You'll do lots of drawing! And we'll have fun!

We will include some sketching of visitors to ArtWaves and, weather permitting, may even include drawing in the immediate vicinity of the Spa buildings. Tea and coffee is available at the cafe in the Spa. Alternatively, bring a drink or flask to the workshop.

What you need to bring with you:

  • Drawing pencils (at least one 2B drawing pencil)
  • Sketchbook
  • Malcolm will have some drawing boards, paper, pencils and sharpeners available for visitors without their own materials.

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