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Kids school and holiday art clubs

The Drawing Laboratory – Day 1

Artist and Illustrator Millie Nice spent the day with us today to explore the limitless possibilities of drawing. She asked the children to approach drawing as if it was a scientific process, helping us to find out about the world around us.

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We began the morning by making a portfolio case to hold our work. As children arrived they used mirrors to make a self-portrait on their folder.


We then went outside to make some large scale drawings using chalk and charcoal. We worked together on strips of paper observing the trees around us. Using charcoal in different ways really helps capture the texture of tree bark.


DSC_0401 DSC_0402 DSC_0405 DSC_0406 DSC_0407 DSC_0409 DSC_0411 DSC_0413 DSC_0416The children then hid small drawings of animals in the huge jungle we had created.

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And can you spot the larger ones lurking in the background.


We then went inside for some quieter activities. Our next challenge was to draw 2 very different textures – water and fur.

IMG_7543 IMG_7544We played with the water, watched how it changed, dripped and how  bubbles formed then tried to recreate it. It was hard to say what colours we could see.

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Millie taught us to layer pastels and apply to scrunched paper to create clever effects.

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We discovered how water droplets could be coated with the powder from our pastels, then applied to our drawings.DSC_0480 DSC_0481 DSC_0482

Scrunching paper then applying pastel created interesting effects for furry textures.DSC_0483 DSC_0484 DSC_0489 DSC_0492 IMG_7546 IMG_7547 IMG_7549

Some of us also tried to draw scales.

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We tried some concentrated observational drawings of…..potatoes. This activity is apparently used by trainee architects to encourage close looking and exact replication. Once you have made your drawing you have to be able to pick out your potato from a basket again, matching it to your drawing!

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We then drew with scissors to cut out shapes of buildings and make them into an architectural cityscape, drawing in details after. We cut it out and combined  with our water studies to create a pop-up city with a waterfront setting.

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Finally we created creatures out of egg shapes and made them out of our textured papers.

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DSC_0572 DSC_0574 DSC_0575Cant wait to see what Millie has in store for us tomorrow!





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