DrawAble: Building Your Story

The activities in this section of DrawAble are designed to inspire and enable children to use drawing as a means of connecting with the world.

Through drawing we can play and explore. We can discover who we are,  what we think and what kind of people we would like to be. We can use drawing as a way to share how we feel, and connect with others.

Drawing is a gentle and personal way to acknowledge what our lives are like, and to start to move forward. 

You might also like to visit our Let Me Inspire You section to hear how artists use drawing in their work, and visit the Envisioning Stories sections to find more activities about retelling existing poems and stories.

All DrawAble resources have been created for use at home or school during lockdown or as part of a blended learning offering. 

 

Globe Paintings Stephanie Cubbin

Stephanie shares an activity which will help children settle into a flow-like state as they explore the properties of watercolour or ink to create these abstract globe-like images.

3 Panel Challenge Rozi Hathaway

Rozi is a comics artist and illustrator, whose art encourages the viewer to create narratives by taking a fresh look at everyday objects.

Exploring Watercolour Emma Burleigh

A short series of resources to inspire children to use watery colour to create evocative images.

Making Gifs Lizzie Knott

Lizzie Knott inspires us to make images about things that matter to us and turn them into gifs!

Straight Line Drawings Lorna Rose

Lorna’s art explores mark-making and lines, made by pen and stitch. As part of the DrawAble series of resources for learning at home or school, this resource inspires children and teenagers to create drawings of indoor or outdoor environments, using straight lines.

Layered Portraits Mike Barrett

Mike inspires children to explore mark making and symbolism to create highly personal portraits.

Making an Artist's Book Paula Briggs

Making 8 experimental drawings inspired not just by the subject matter, but also by the drawing surface.

Illustrated Letters Isobel Grant

Isobel Grant inspires us to design our own visual alphabet!

Book Worlds Rose Feather

Illustrator Rose inspires children to build a story with pencils, paper, scissors and tape.
Artist Jo Blaker guides us to explore what sketchbooks are and how we can fill them. Resource ready: End of August 2020

What is a Sketchbook with Jo Blaker

Artist Jo Blaker guides us to explore what sketchbooks are and how we can fill them. Resource ready: End of August 2020
Tonka Uzu shows us how two characters can come alive on the page, and how we can convey emotion. Resource ready: End of August 2020

Emotion & Character with Tonka Uzu

Tonka Uzu shows us how two characters can come alive on the page, and how we can convey emotion. Resource ready: End of August 2020
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