Calligraphy and Drawing Workshop

This term we are running a Calligraphy and Drawing Workshop aimed at developing students’ artistic skills.

Through calligraphy, the students have been experimenting with a variety of nibs – both thick and thin calligraphy nibs and foundation style nibs with dip ink.  They have also explored modern-day calligraphy pens.  By the end of the term, we hope to have produced some beautifully written quotes on some watercolour backgrounds.

In the drawing workshop, students have been developing the way they look at and interpret everyday objects. We began with tonal exercises, with back to basics exercises such as learning to shade.

Over the next few weeks, students will continue to develop their skills based on the concepts addressed in Betty Edward’s 1979 classic book: Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain. Students have explored ideas in the book such as “drawing what you see, not what you think you see” and “looking from different perspectives”. Students have practised drawing with their non-dominant hand, drawing upside-down and this week they will specifically focus on drawing negative space. 

Last week, students were given a paper bag each to draw. This simple object creates a challenging task where students are required to interpret what they see, explore dimension, shapes and depth. They produced some outstanding works despite the complexity of the task.