CREATE 

In this section you will find some activities to help you begin making art, together with a selection of ideas and images to inspire you that could be used as source materials.
We have made the activity sheets so you can create your own artwork at your own pace. These can be done in your bed on the ward, on a break from caring for patients or in your living room at home. 
They are for anyone with five minutes to spare - all you need to get started is a pencil and some paper. There are also many downloadable drawing apps that can be used on your phone or tablet. Artists such as David Hockney have experimented with this new medium, creating and exhibiting works made using his IPhone and IPad. (click here to see examples of Hockney's recent IPad drawings of the Normandy countryside, and here .)

 

We will keep updating this page with more activities and source materials so keep checking back.


Scroll further down this page to find the different sections and click on any of the links that take your interest.

ACTIVITY

ART IN HOSPITAL POSTAL PROJECTS developed in response to Covid 19

'AUTOGRAMME' PATIENT AND STAFF BOOK PROJECT

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Image courtesy of Alison Newman

WATCH

FIVE ABSTRACT DRAWINGS FROM A GARDEN

In this demonstration Art In Hospital artist Alan Lyons shows how his garden with it's natural forms, colours and textures can inspire drawings. Working in an abstract way allows someone to explore drawing without worrying about drawing something "right". The materials used were coloured pencil, soft pastels and wax crayon.

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DRAWING SHEET 1

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INSPIRE

FLOWERS

Photographs of spring flowers to draw from. Click on the picture below for more images.

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Click HERE for a gallery of botanical illustrations.

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DRAWING SHEET 2

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"DADA DRAW"

Here are some unusual drawing exercises for you to try. They do require some effort, but it’s important to be relaxed, comfortable and carefree. 

They are like little puzzles, and are best approached with a generous helping of curiosity and humour. They are a rehearsal for drawings to come.

They can be tricky, and will probably ask you to try something new. If you don’t like one, move on to the next, or wait until you feel like giving it another go. It’s good to concentrate on the task of drawing for a short while.

The exercises encourage doodling and imaginative sketches. You can rub out and throw away drawings. Draw with the heart.

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WATCH

WATERCOLOUR MATERIALS DEMONSTRATION

Maria Doyle, an Artist Practitioner with Art in Hospital offers a short demonstration of ways  to work with watercolour paints and pencils.

As part of the remote strands of our programme found in our postal project, seen on Instagram and  Twitter, Art in Hospital have been sending in art materials to the projects and patients we would normally be working with in person. This video demonstration originally made for the patients Maria works with is also helpful to anyone interested in beginning to experiment with watercolour drawing and painting.

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HOW TO USE WATERCOLOUR PENCILS AND CRAYONS

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DRAWING SHEET 11

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INSPIRE

ANIMALS

Here you will find a selection of images of different animals, which might provide interesting starting points for your own work. Click on the picture below for more images.

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Photograph courtesy of Daisy Richardson

ACTIVITY

DRAWING EXERCISES

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Here are a selection of observational drawing exercise worksheets and demonstration videos, they include drawing negative space, contour drawing, and drawing your own hand holding an object.

INSPIRE

PEOPLE 

AND PORTRAITS

Here are a collection old archival photographic portraits, and portrait paintings from masters such as Rembrandt, Vermeer, Van Gogh, Gaugin among  others. You'll also find links to material relating to artists whose work has primarily focused on the human figure and portraiture.

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Paul Gaugin, Merahi metua no Tehamana (Tehamana Has Many Parents or The Ancestors of Tehamana) 1893. Art Institute of Chicago, Public Domain

INSPIRE

BIRDS

A selection of bird illustrations to use as inspiration for your own works.  Click on the image below to view more of the collection.

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Johan Teyler,  A Blue Tit and a Great Tit. (1648-1709) Originally from the Rijksmuseum. Rawpixel.

INSPIRE

LANDSCAPES

Here is a collection of images from the AIH team of landscapes to use as starting points for drawings, paintings, collages, poems, writing. 

Images of landscapes can provide great pleasure, offering opportunity for escapism, remembering, reflection and wonder, evocative of our inner worlds as well as representations of the outer worlds we inhabit. Click on the picture below for more images.

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Photograph published with the kind permission of Erika Robertson. © Erika Robertson  

WATCH

ABSTRACT WATERCOLOUR PAINTING

This is a demonstration by Art In Hospital artist Alan Lyons. He hopes that this video will encourage people to try watercolour painting. The film can also be enjoyed as it is. 

 

In it he works loosely and simply to build up an expressive abstract piece using mark making, colour and design. He finds working in this liberal way allows him to enjoy the process and to focus the mind.

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INSPIRE

PATTERN, PRINT and ABSTRACTION

In the art sessions people often work with the materials in an experimental and abstracted way, creating patterns, focusing on mark making, shape, gesture, colour, line, texture.

Here are a collection works and links to artists that explore pattern, print, abstraction and colour.

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Image: Louisa Chambers, K and Q, 2019, acyrlic on linen 60x50cm, courtesy of the artist.

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DRAWING SHEET 4

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DRAWING SHEET 5

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DRAWING SHEET 12

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INSPIRE

PARKS

AND WOODS

Here are a collection of images of parks and woodland, from local areas such as Pollok Park and further afield. Along with links to artists whose work relates to themes of forest, trees, woodland and forms found in nature.

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Photograph courtesy of Lotte Gertz, Pollok Park.

ACTIVITY

SELF PORTRAITS

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INSPIRE

CATS

Another AIH session favourite; Cats for you to draw . Click on the picture below for more images.

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Photograph courtesy of Belinda Guidi

 © 2020 ART IN HOSPITAL

Background Artwork by Lily Ross 'Untitled'  Watercolour on paper 2019

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