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Drop in and Draw: Messy Allotments
Drop in and Draw: Messy Allotments

Thu, 21 Sept


Live on Zoom with Recording

Drop in and Draw: Messy Allotments

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Time & Location

21 Sept 2023, 19:00 – 21:00 BST

Live on Zoom with Recording

About The Event

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In the special summer 'Drop in and draw' we will be using a collection of easy and experimental printing techniques to draw with! No specialist equipment is needed at this fun and expressive workshop where we will be exploring some of the wonkiest allotments of the Cotswolds!  Unpredictable and creative results are guaranteed (even if you very neat and tidy with your sketching!) as we delve into handbuilt sheds and explore compost heaps, raised beds, tangled networks of runner beans, earthed up spuds, much loved tools and handmade tools etc etc...!

This is a great workshop for all levels from non-drawer to experienced sketcher and everyone in between! If you prefer to trace and colour, there is a tracing page included in the downloads pack which is a nice option if you'd prefer to concentrate on growing confident using a brush and paint to colour!

All of the drop in and draw sessions will begin with a demo of some techniques that you will find fun and useful to try out during the session which really help with getting going (something that we all of find difficult at times!). We will then have a go at drawing some objects, starting with quick loose warm up exercises and then moving onto longer sketches.  The aim of these classes is to sketch quietly and peacefully with opportunities to chat and ask questions inbetween each of the sketches. With regular drawing practice, you will grow in confidence and ability really quickly and your sketchbook will fill up in record quick time! All experience levels are welcome xx

What do I get when I buy?

  • You will receive a Zoom link, materials list and printable downloads the morning before the class.
  • A recording of the class will be sent out the following day. You don;t need to be there live and can watchthe workshop in your own time
  • Unlimited access. The recording will be added to your Wild Ink library. You can create an account with this free doodlebird workshop

What do I need to take part?

A pencil (2B)/pen and a sketchbook/some paper is all you need to get going! If you're not sure what to use, the pencil and paper is a brilliant 'low barrier' starting point.

I usually have a collection of various art materials that I can access during these workshops including:

  • A sketchbook or cartridge paper pad
  • Coloured pencils/water soluable pencils and crayons
  • Some watercolour paint
  • An eraser
  • Pencil sharpener
  • Paint brushes (pointed size 2, 4, 6, 10),
  • Kitchen roll
  • A hard graphite pencil and/or
  • Water pot
  • Palette
  • A pen with water proof ink. Fine liners are great for this and come with different nib sizes!
  • If you like to trace , you will some tracing paper and HB  and 2B pencils
  • Carbon Paper and/or a dark coloured oil pastel (brown, black, Indigo)
  • Thin copier paper or thin tracing paper
  • OPTIONAL: don't buy especially...but if you have embossing tools dig them out for a bit of experimentation

I also like to use sketching sessions to test out things I don't usually draw with like:

oil pastels, chalk pastels, graphite sticks, charcoal etc. Sometimes, I use bits of old paper that I collage onto the picture. If you'd like to try this then have a rummage for some interesting paper samples, glue stick and scissors!


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