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  • After Velazquez's Boar Hunt
    June 4, 2020

    Drawing Exercise: Everything is Related

    Here Painting a Head tutor, Robert Dukes discusses the challenges of relating the model to their surroundings and suggests an exercise to help students consider how to place figures in ...

  • 6 Multi-Layered print exercise - Pressure applied on the back of the dry point
    May 31, 2020

    Multi-layered printmaking at home

    Tutor Rossen Daskalov takes you through the different processes you can use to build up a multi-layered print with press-free techniques. Rossen will be teaching on The Drawing Marathon this ...

  • Nell Notes from New York 2
    May 28, 2020

    Notes from New York

    Drawing Year alumna Nell Brookfield has just finished her last term at the Pratt Institute in New York where she experienced both online learning and teaching. Nell talks about how ...

  • Santería, Santa Marta - Cuba
    May 21, 2020

    Drawing Your Home: Young Artists Exercise II

    Young Artists tutor Paul Fenner wants young artists to explore their surroundings using the power of memory and drawing.

  • Two Drinkers - The Claude Glass
    May 17, 2020

    Drawing Exercise: The Claude glass

    Drawing: Composition and Colour tutor, Will Topley introduces us to the Claude Glass and explains how it simplifies the tonal range and break downs an observable scene into manageable shapes. ...

  • Tesco Ploughman’s
    May 14, 2020

    Irene Montemurro: The Denis Mahon Award 2019-20

    Irene Montemurro is the recipient of the Denis Mahon Award 2020. Presented to one outgoing Drawing Year student annually, the award allows them to continue their practice, providing them with ...

  • City Gardens and Greenhouses 1
    May 12, 2020

    Drawing Paradise Exercise

    Clare Newbolt, who is teaching Drawing Landscapes, Gardens and Natural Forms, asks us to embed our changing sensibilities in the natural forms we are drawing.

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    May 7, 2020

    Graphic Narratives: Taster Exercise

    Here Sarah Lightman, guest tutor for Summer Term Online (Drawing Graphic Narratives), discusses diary drawing and how we might use it to tell our personal day-to-day experiences.

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    May 4, 2020

    The Studio Room in Colour: Exercises

    The Studio Room in Colour tutors Mark Cazalet and Andy Pankhurst introduce two exercises that ask us to attune our eye to all aspects of colour.

  • Sweaty Shoes
    April 28, 2020

    Drawing and Mindfulness: Seeing and Stillness Exercises

    Drawing and Mindfulness tutors Helen Burgess and Ethan Pollock offer a drawing exercise and a short meditation that ask us to be still and notice the aspects of our subject ...

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    April 28, 2020

    Drawing and Anatomy: Make a Mini Model Exercise

    In this exercise Drawing and Human Anatomy tutor Tara Versey encourages us to become familiar with the human body, and how it occupies space before we draw it. The aim ...

  • A bacchanal (after Poussin)Stephanie Forrest.jpg
    April 28, 2020

    Drawing from The National Gallery: Ekphrasis Exercise

    Here Ann Dowker, Drawing from The National Gallery tutor, introduces the idea of Ekphrasis - the dramatic, vivid and imaginative description of a work of art; a painting to a ...