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.


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ACTIVITY

ART IN HOSPITAL POSTAL PROJECTS developed in response to Covid 19

'AUTOGRAMME' PATIENT AND STAFF BOOK PROJECT

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Strips of folded out watercolour paper with the text autogramme written on them with washes of blue and ochre watercolour paint.

Image courtesy of Alison Newman

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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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Still frame from Alan Lyon's Abstract Drawing Video Demonstration.  Watercolour red, green, brown gestural brushstrokes.

ACTIVITY

DRAWING IDEAS

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Drawing Ideas sheet includes text and illustrative images.

INSPIRE

FLOWERS

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

A single pink and peach tulip with green stem and leaves growing in an allotment.

Click HERE for a gallery of botanical illustrations.

ACTIVITY

KEEPING A SKETCHBOOK

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Ideas Sheet on how to keep a sktechbook includes written suggestion and photographs of sketchbooks with drawings, paiting and collage in them.

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.

Tawny green and Forest green landscape, peaky hills, fields and trees.

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

ACTIVITY

DRAWING IDEAS: FIGURES AND LINE

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Ideas Sheet with text suggestions on how to draw figures and line with illustrative image per excercise.

ACTIVITY

"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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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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Still frame from video demonstration on watercolour painting showing brush and paper with watercolour painting of flower forms.

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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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Video still of Abstract Watercolour painting demonstration. Hand with brush and gestural coloured marks on paper.

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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Abstract painting by Louisa Chambers. Multicoloured abstract form against a patterned blue grey background

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

ACTIVITY

DRAWING FROM MEMORY

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Ideas Sheet with written suggestions on draiwng from memory and blind contour drawing with accompanying illustrations.

READ | TIPS

HOW TO USE WATERCOLOUR PENCILS AND CRAYONS

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Drawing Ideas Sheet containing writing describing ways of working with watercolour pencils and aquarelle crayons in text and illustrations.

ACTIVITY

DRAWING IDEAS: BIRDS

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Ideas sheet with written suggestions on drawing birds or from a birds eye view with illustrations to accompany text.

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.

Grey Elephant with white tusks in Indian location.

Photograph courtesy of Daisy Richardson

ACTIVITY

DRAWING EXERCISE VIDEOS

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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.

ACTIVITY

SELF PORTRAITS

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Self Portrait Draiwng Ideas Sheet. Text instructions with diagrams of how to begin drawing a self portrait.

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 painting of Tahitian Girl in blue and white striped dress holding a fan.

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

ACTIVITY

COLLAGE IDEAS 

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Ideas sheet with text suggestions on how to make a collage with two collaged images.

ACTIVITY

CUT AND PASTE PORTRAIT

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Cut and Paste Portrait ideas sheet including written instructions with diagrams. The digrams show the stages of painting a portrait that is then cut up and reassembled and collaged to a patterned and colourful background.

ACTIVITY

DRAWING IDEAS:

MARK MAKING

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Ideas sheet on Mark Making. Includes text on mark making and exercises with images to illustrate the text.

INSPIRE

WORD

AND 

IMAGE

In this section you'll find material on artists whose work explores how text, language and image interrelate.

Also there is a selection of graphic art known for it's playful use of typography, image and design as seen in poster art, graphic design and advertising.

You'll find a wide variety of styles, ideas, and artistic approaches to use as source material for making your own WORDworks.

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Robert Indiana's painting Four Panel Love. Four panels in a two by two grid. Each with a capitol letter spelling LOVE, painted in blue and red, with the letter appearing white. The word love reads from top left panel clockwise to bottom left.

ACTIVITY

SPEED DRAWING

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Ideas Sheet with written suggestions of how to speed draw focuisng on line and tone alongside illustrative images.

ACTIVITY

DRAWING FROM NATURE

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Ideas sheet with written suggestions on drawing from nature such as leaves, trees and insects. Illustrations to go with the text.

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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Tall thin trees and woodland at Pollok Park in Glasgow Scotland.

Photograph courtesy of Lotte Gertz, Pollok Park.

INSPIRE

DRAWING

Here are a collection of images and videos that explore the medium of drawing. Included are a range of works from traditional and representational modes of drawing to modern and contemporary practices that are more experimental and expressive and that cross over with other disciplines such as sculpture, installation art and  land art.

Also included are sections on beloved Illustrators such as Quentin Blake and Edward Lear, as well as sections on comic art and cartooning.

There's a myriad of styles and approaches to learn from and enjoy, to help you start making your own drawings on or off the page. 

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Pencil sketches of legs, feet and the arms and torso of a male.

Study of legs, feet, and a young man leaning, Abraham Bloemaert, 1574 - 1651, Rijks Museum, Public Domain.

INSPIRE

CATS

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

Brown and grey tabby cat with bell collar.

Photograph courtesy of Belinda Guidi

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.

Painting by Johan Teyler of a Blue Tit and a Gree Tit perched on a twisty branch.

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

INSPIRE

COLLAGE

&

PHOTOMONTAGE

" Collage is the noble conquest of the irrational, the coupling of two realities, irreconcilable in appearance, upon a plane which apparently does not suit them."     

Max Ernst

Here is a selection of material on artists who work with Collage and Photomontage, to use as inspiration for making you own works.  Click on the image below to view more of the collection.

Photomontage by John Stezaker. Black and White 1950's model with colour image of landscape montaged across her eyes and nose.

ACTIVITY

TRAVEL WITH

A PENCIL

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Ideas Sheet: Travel with a pencil. The sheet includes text with suggestions for imaginary drawings, there is an image at the bottom of the text with a white temple surrounded by pale brown hills and shadowy mountains in the background. It appears to be night time. Painting by Daisy Richardson.

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

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Glass bowl of fruit and vases. Roman wall painting in Pompeii (around 70 AD), Naples National Archae

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