Thursday 30 April 2020

I can’t go out urban sketching! What now?

[Jo Dungey and Lis Watkins write] As meeting up and drawing together is off the agenda at the moment, we thought we would draw up a list of other creative activities that you might find interesting as a replacement. We already have plans for a 'virtual' sketchcrawl in May and ideas for a further one in June but here are some other suggestions:

The Royal Drawing School blog provides a series of well thought out drawing activities developed by their art tutors.  Some of these are based on their new book ‘Ways of Drawing’.  They are designed to be done at home, although some require a second person to act as a model. #drawingfromhome

Twice weekly emails from Leith School of Art provide a drawing activity which is explained and can be done at home.  Mostly focussed on observational drawing.  Visit their website and sign up to the mailing list to receive the emails. #leithschoolofart  #wakeupanddraw

Many of London’s major public art galleries have virtual tours, films and other activities:

Their website includes video tours of exhibitions such as Picasso and Paper.  There are family art activities, short information films and a regular column where artists share their experience of lock-down.

The National Gallery website features information and images of 2,600 paintings in their collection.  Visit their website to sign up for their e-newsletter, visit their YouTube channel which has many films about their exhibitions, gallery talks and films about their conservation work.  Follow them on Facebook and Instagram.  On their Facebook page, there are short videos with art activities for children, based on their collection.

West Dean College in Sussex usually runs many art and craft courses.  Their Facebook page now includes many art projects demonstrated by their expert tutors including botanical painting, ceramics, mosaics, using sketchbooks and other topics.

Enjoy art wherever you are: the Tate website includes a wide range of interesting material. Artist A-Z shows the Tate Collection with artists of the past and present. Studying art provides career advice for art students, and coursework guides for students/adults covering a very wide range of ideas from the collection such as assemblage, still life, using news and events, mark making, light and dark, outlines. Create like an artist has ‘how to’ videos for children and adults. Tate Kids has short videos with art activities for children, some of which could be fun for adults too.

Sketchbook Skool, run by Danny Gregory and Koosje Koene, have created a ‘Coronovirus Creativity Guide’ with lots of free resources.

Somerset House now have an cultural programe online with an interesting range of events and activities.

The Other Art Fair are running ‘The Other Creative Challenge’ via their website and social media using the hashtag #TheOtherCreativeChallenge

The blog ‘That’s not my age’ has an article, ‘Armchair Culture: gallery-going from your own front room’ where they have curated a good international list.

The typography magazine ‘EYE’ also has a thoughtfully created page of events.

The Van Gogh House in London has created a podcast “narrating a unique journey that considers Van Gogh’s time at 87 Hackford Road” and “is a free downloadable audio walk that can be experienced and applied to any geographic location.” 

Isolation Art School has free tutorials from artists on Instagram with activities for both adults and children.

Lucy Tiffney is a designer creating fresh and colourful patterns. She is creating easy and inspiring activities on Instagram.

The Drawing Room based in London has a selection of online resources for both adults and children.

And don't forget that international Urban Sketchers are hosting a live chat and setting interesting challenges each Sunday on Instagram Stories. USkTalks is at 4pm GMT each Sunday.

Please let us know in the comments if you have any more to add. Thank you!


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