Drawing Inspired by the Elements

Drawing Inspired by Elements consists of four drawing exercises which are designed to help you to look again at some of our most elemental drawing materials and find inspiration in the elemental qualities of earth, water, and fire.

These exercises are suitable for beginners and more practised artists, and most of the exercises can be adapted for use with children*.

As you work with both drawing material and subject matter, we hope you will become aware of how far you can control subject matter and drawing. When dealing with such elemental forces, where does the balance lie in your drawing?  How much can you capture, and how far do you chase? Which leads the process – the drawing material? Or the subject matter?

Explore Charcoal

Movement in water

Making Structure

Inspired by Fire

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