Be Curious - Draw an Object

Learn new techniques and sharpen existing skills. Build confidence with drawing proficiency and create accurate drawings from observation.

Wellbeing benefits:

Be resourceful
Improve decision making
Think clearly

Examples of how this activity can help me:

I want to be curious and interested in things around me more.

Length:

Dependent on what is being drawn. 

Who can I do this activity with?

On my own or with others.

Where can I do this activity?

Indoors or outdoors.

How often can I do this activity?

Regular drawing can help build confidence and skills. Try with different objects, using different marks. Practice skills by habitually making quick drawings out and about, such as in a café or museum. 

What do I need?

  • Range of drawing tools eg pencils, pens, charcoal, (see ‘Tools & Techniques’ activity for other ideas)
  • Some paper, such as a sketch book
  • A subject (object) to draw - it could be either an object from our Virtual Museum above, or an actual object (or selection of objects,) you can place in front of you
  • A drawing board or easel - Optional
  • Watch our 'Draw an Object' Video Guide - Optional

Did you know?

Drawing from observation makes us notice things in more detail, and generally improves our abilities to be observant. A special study, run at the Harvard Medical School in 2005, actually found that trainee doctors diagnosed symptoms more accurately after a course of observational drawing.

"This activity helped to break down the decision making stages of draw, so that I felt clear about what I wanted to do."

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