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a drawing is simply a
line going for a walk
… according to artist Paul Klee. Our work gives a valuable outlet for self-expression, giving visibility to those who are often marginalised in society. We have found that drawing reveals something fascinating about lives and memories, and gives carers new subjects to talk about with those who may have lost the art of conversation.

Click here for some poses for sketching and a selection of line drawings for colouring that you can download and print (don’t forget to print in colour if you can).
In this weeks ’60 seconds in the Studio’ we visit director, illustrator and animator @PencilBandit in his studio as he draws from our sketchbook of life drawing poses. 

Subscribe to our Drawing Life YouTube for more life drawing videos (link in the bio)

See more of Pencil Bandit's work over on his instagram ✏️😷

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In memory of Anne, a talented artist who brought smiles and laughter to all those around her.
“Sixty Seconds in the Studio” ⏱🎨

In today’s video, we visit artist @matthewjradford in his studio using our #DrawingLifeSketchbook. To watch more from the series, visit our YouTube channel to see more artists use our sketchbook (link in the bio)

Thank you to @sussexgiving for funding this series and for their continued support.

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“The act of drawing is a kind of language for those who have lost some or all speech, and facilitates participants and carers to communicate in other ways.”
Judy Parkinson, CEO Drawing Life, quoted in the 2017 Inquiry Report by All-Party Parliamentary Group on Arts, Health & Wellbeing

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“Sixty Seconds in the Studio” ⏱🎨

Today’s video features artist and illustrator @mjulings in his office using our 
#DrawingLifeSketchbook. To watch more from the series, visit our YouTube channel to see more artists use our sketchbook (link in the bio)

Thank you to @sussexgiving for funding this series and for their continued support.

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15 Drawing Life works are currently on display at @_art_on_sea, all behind closed doors during lockdown. 

We look forward to the gallery opening its doors in the near future, but in the meantime we'd like to share with you these artworks online instead!

Thank you to @dannyrampling and @aidenlavelle for creating the audio to this slideshow. 

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Our new sketchbook features 25 photos of our models, Mike and Elaine, opposite a blank page to make an original drawing.  Our artist tutors have created scores of beautiful and original line drawings for colouring. Sketchbooks can be ordered here.

It’s up to you how you use this sketchbook, but we suggest everyone should have a book of their own.  Draw one model pose per session, for 20 to 30 minutes, using pencil, charcoal, colour or a combination of all.  If doing this as part of a group session, you can show the drawings round the room and have a chat about them. 

If in a group you can have a discussion while doing this.

Then spend up to 30 minutes colouring one of the line drawings. Perhaps there is a story connected to the drawing, a special location, or a memory.

We have an “anything goes” approach. Take a look at our gallery page to see the variety of styles and approaches people have used to make some wonderful pictures.

Relax, make some marks, take your pencil, pen or brush for a walk around the pages, and most importantly have fun!

“He was so engrossed. I haven’t seen him as engaged with anything other than Inspector Morse or Poirot for quite a while! He’s just asked about colouring in a carrot for the rabbit, and now he’s happily doing that. I really can’t tell you how amazing this is.”
Anne
Peter’s carer