Lockdown Prompt 6

This week try drawing things you can see in your house:

  • Kitchen utensils, like a whisk or slotted spoon
  • A family photograph that you cherish
  • Your feet (or someone else’s feet)
  • Your hands (or someone else’s hands)
  • A necklace, ring, or another piece of jewelry—try combining them in a still life
  • A furry friend (working from a photograph is probably best)
  • A fresh bouquet of flowers (try colored pencils with this one)
  • The items on your coffee table
  • Your most interesting pair of shoes
  • Fresh fruit that’s been cut in half
  • House keys attached to a keychain
  • A cup of coffee and pastry from a local cafe
  • An interesting knick-knack off your shelf
  • Crumpled fabric
  • An object in a glass dish
  • What you’re wearing today
  • Your dinner that night…
  • … before you’ve prepared it (the ingredients)

Why not try some different techniques to make your drawings? see the link below for suggestions:

https://www.creativebloq.com/illustration/sketching-tips-beginners-81516497

Lockdown Prompt 5

For this weeks prompt try drawing the same thing over and over again! it sounds boring but as you repeat your drawing of an object you will begin to understand its structure more, be able to vary and experiment with your drawing techniques. Try different materials and stop worrying if the image is “correct”, it doesn’t matter!! you’ve got loads of drawings of the thing!!

Try a Cup or Mug, a house plant or shoe. don’t try anything too complicated and a stand along object is best, that way you can move it around to draw different views of it. try and fill at least one sketchbook page with drawings of one thing that you do in once day, or longer!!

Famous artists ahve often revisited the same object over and over, practicing their skills and managing to show different emotions and mods in images of the same object.

Monnets haystacks

Cezannes Apples

As ever, if you ahve any work you are doing in Lockdown and would like to share on this blog, just email it in to annas@wmcollege.ac.uk

Lockdown prompt week 3

This week we will try doing some drawings without observing, lets see what just comes out of the pen or pencil when you are not paying attention! First of all here is a great guide from Brooks Chambers about how to get started with what he calls doodling.

artists for inspiration:

Jon Burgerman

Lizzy Mary Cullen

Mr Doodle- check him out on Instagramm

Jo Whale the doodle boy:

and loads more examples here

so give it a try: a bank page, a pen and pencil and some time, see what comes out!

Lockdown Prompt week 2

For this weeks prompt you need some paper, pen or pencil, and an object from your pencil case or kitchen.

Using the artist Victor Nunes as inspiration, try placing your object on the paper and seeing what it suggests to you in terms of another object or scene, animal or person. Use the pencil or pen to add the lines and shapes needed to show that new thing. Use a Camera or camera phone to capture the image with the object there and then try moving it to see what else you can make!

https://www.facebook.com/victornunesfaces

Send in any examples you would like to share to annas@wmcollege.ac.uk

Lockdown Art

If you are looking for more inspiration during this Lockdown you may be interested in Greyson Perrys second series of Art Club on Channel 4

This time round the themes are announced already and you can submit your work now on this website: https://www.graysonsartclub.com/

It would be fantastic to see some of our WMCollege learners sharing their Arts skills on this National Platform for home artists. If you do submit work please also send it in to annas@wmcollege.ac.uk so we can show it here as well.

FAMILY submissions close end of 10th February i
NATURE submissions close end of 17th February
FOOD submissions close end of 24th February
DREAMS submissions close end of 3rd March
WORK submissions close end of 10th March
TRAVEL submissions close end of 17th March

Graysons

Lockdown Prompt Week 1

For the first weekly WMCollege Drawing and Painting prompt we will be Looking out the Window! Artists have often used windows as an opportunity to frame their view of the world. You can use just a pen or pencil or venture in to colour if you have paints of coloured pencils available. Don’t worry about using special paper, even a sketch on the back of an envelope is a piece of art!

Try first drawing the frame of the window, fill the paper you are using or the whole page of a sketchbook. Make the window as big as possible! 

Notice the structure of the window. What are the shapes on the frame? Can you see the wood grain? How many panes of glass are there? Can you see any fastenings or hinges?  

Once you have drawn the frame then turn your attention to what you can see through the window. Make sure you draw wat you can see, not what you know is there. If an object is cut off by the frame notice at what point that happens, halfway up the frame? Or near the bottom? If you can see plants or foliage notice the texture of the growth, do not just fill it in with scribbles, try and make your marks in the same pattern as the plant. Pointy leaves need pointy marks. 

Lots of artists have used the window as starting point for their art. Here are some examples to inspire this weeks work.

Pierre Bonnard. The Window 1918-1920
Raoul Dufy Open Window at Saint-Jeannet c.1926–7
Anthony Eyton Open Window, Spitalfields 1976–81

If you would like to share you work with others please send an image to annas@wmcollege.ac.uk and we will include it in next weeks posts.