Challenge Yourself - Tools and Techniques - Drawing


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Make a Quill Pen - Drawing

"As I did the collage activity I really began to get it. I could see that it started me thinking more creatively. It helped me think about what actually makes me happy."

Learn to make marks with all kinds of implements to get varied and sometimes, unexpected effects.

Of course you can make a drawing by simply using your finger to draw in the sand at the beach, or in condensation on a window. For more permanent results though, drawing tools are what you need.

Wellbeing benefits:

Be resourceful
Keep learning
Think flexibly

Examples of how this activity can help me:

I want to be more confident with my self-expression.  


Varied - Spend time experimenting with each tool.  Choose to work through all, a selection, or one tool in one sitting.

Who can I do this activity with?

On my own or with others.

Where can I do this activity?

It's best to do at a table, with all materials to hand.

How often can I do this activity?

With a bit of practice,  a good range of marks can be made with any tools. Having this ‘vocabulary’ of marks will allow a more expressive and more effective drawing.  Use mark making techniques to spruce up drawings and add interesting detail.

What do I need?

  • Some plain paper, or a sketch book
  • A range of drawing tools.  Suggestions include:
    - Pencils, charcoal, graphite stick, eraser
    - Ink and nib / cotton bud / drinking straw / quill or feather
    - Pens: broad and fine markers, biros
    - Tissues (to wipe charcoal / blot ink)

Did you know?

By building our imagination, finding alternative ways to use materials and generating new ideas, we can build our confidence and develop a positive approach to problem solving.

"Even though I draw quite a bit, it was good to do this activity, to loosen my mind and think of new ways to capture something on paper."

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