Drawing with Stuff! The Big Draw Online With AccessArt

Find out about the Big Draw Online with AccessArt 2013! Although this Big Draw is over, we hope you will still be inspired by the results and try your own "Drawing with Stuff!"

Drawing of the UK, made with lavender flowers by blowing through a straw!
Drawing of the UK, made with lavender flowers by blowing through a straw!

 

AccessArt places great value on developing drawing skills through a variety of exciting ideas, and for the Big Draw 2013 we wanted to celebrate the diversity of materials with which we could make drawings!

Big Draw Online with accessArt - Ideas...

1. Treat your environment as your canvas! Draw on walls, in corners, make drawings on shelves, on washing lines, in cupboards, in gardens...

By Angela Rogers, Drawing with Electrical Insulation Tape
By Angela Rogers, Drawing with Electrical Insulation Tape

 

2. Use the stuff around you to make marks and add colour. Make drawings from anything and everything - transform the contents of your fridge, challenge yourself to transform the contents of a pile of rubbish. Think small (take things apart to get your "ingredients"), or think big and work on a scale which relates to your body!

By Cassie Herschel-Shorland, Drawing made with plant pigment
By Cassie Herschel-Shorland, Drawing made with plant pigment

 

3. Use tools to help you transform stuff. Make your own tools to change the kinds of marks you make!

By Michael Akehurst, Cut paperwork
By Michael Akehurst, Cut paperwork

 

By Jordan Todd. Drawing tools made from found objects, made during an IMPRESSABILITY workshop led by The Youth Arts Warehouse
By Jordan Todd. Drawing tools made from found objects, made during an IMPRESSABILITY workshop led by The Youth Arts Warehouse

 

4. Work with what you see. Look out for half made drawings, like this shadow, and work into them to make them your own.

By Paula Briggs, Chalk  and shadow drawing
By Paula Briggs, Chalk and shadow drawing

 

5. Question where and when a drawing "made with stuff" becomes a sculpture. Does it matter?

By Rowan Smith, Sculptural drawing with plaster and cocktail sticks
By Rowan Smith, Sculptural drawing with plaster and cocktail sticks

 

6. Be inventive! How can you combine more traditional techniques with new approaches. Be inspired by other artists and try their ideas in new media!

By Susan Moubayed, Tea leaf drawing made by painting with water on a plate and sprinkling tea on a plate
By Susan Moubayed, Tea leaf drawing made by painting with water on a plate and sprinkling tea on a plate

 

7. Have fun! Sometimes you can be the most creative when you are playing. Take away expectations and the pressure to create a permanent artwork, and just see what emerges. Take a photograph to capture your work at different stages!

By Ben Wormald, Seaweed drawing on the beach
By Ben Wormald, Seaweed drawing on the beach

 

Morag Thomson Merriman, Scotland   “Lottie finds a Giant Egg” Size of area approx 56cm x 45cm
Morag Thomson Merriman, Scotland
“Lottie finds a Giant Egg”
Size of area approx 56cm x 45cm

 

We created an online gallery full of inspirational drawings made of, and with, "stuff". We encouraged contributions from all ages and abilities, including practising artists and teachers. Please click the image below to view the gallery.

The Drawing with Stuff Gallery

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