Friday 1st May 2020. This week’s word is: 



Think about this word and its meaning.


Reflect on the word as you go about your day. Jot down some ideas in words or in sketches or both.

It could mean reflections that are seen in water, glass, mirrors etc. or it could mean reflecting on a subject or an event. 

You could interpret this with observation or abstraction in a painting. You could do a series of daily sketches that will make a small book that record your week of reflecting. You could do drawings that will inform a print. How you resolve this is entirely up to you. There have been some wonderful responses to the daily tasks for On This Day, maybe have a look back at them and take some time to develop a new skill!

Here is a quote from Pablo himself...”Reflection is illusion”

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Friday 8th May 2020. This week’s word is: 


Think about the word and its meaning.  A transition is a change from one thing to the next, either in action or state of being. Caterpillar into butterfly, old to new, growth to decay, sand to glass. day to night, dark to light, spring to summer, letters to emails. In music it is a change of key, in film, a cut to the next shot, there are so many more to muse on! 

Reflect on the word as you go about your day. Jot down some ideas in words or in sketches or both.  ​


Here is a quote from playwright Tom Stoppard “Look on every exit as being an entrance somewhere else.”

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Friday 15th May 2020. This week’s word is: 


The action of celebrating an important day or event.

What is it during this strange and uncertain time of lockdown have you had cause to celebrate? 

Is it the act of kindness and friendship though a gift arriving in the post, a call from a friend, a supermarket delivery of essentials? A packet of seeds with the promise of growth. A birthday, an anniversary, or a celebration of a life lived ( I attended my first online funeral in April which was surprisingly comforting as I made the space around my computer into a little shrine of reflection and knew others were doing the same). It may be the walk you have just taken, the flowers opening on the trees, or spying the baby birds being fed. It could be as simple as celebrating the sunshine and the joy of the warmth and strong shadows it brings. It may be the bar of chocolate you had hidden away and just found. Or the Zoom meeting with your grandchildren where they show you their new bedtime book?  There are I am sure small celebrations every day, maybe we just are not aware of them or maybe we are? Let’s see how we all respond to this positive word in our creative life as artists!

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Colour: An element of art made up of three properties: hue, value, and intensity. Colour can change the mood of a picture, it can be used naturalistically or heightened in intensity. It is an intuitive thing, don't worry about if you have got it right or wrong, enjoy using it freely!

  • Hue: name of colour

  • Value: hue lightness and darkness (a colours value changes when white or black is added)

  • Intensity: quality of brightness and purity (high intensity = colour is strong and bright; low intensity = colour is faint and dull)


Form: An element of art that is three-dimensional. It can be helpful to understand how something sits in space when you draw it. Take the time to walk around objects, look at them from all sides. Equally, remember a drawing is a two-dimensional reality. Shape and tone give the deception of form, get them right and your drawing will make sense!


Format: the orientation of the paper:

Square                       Landscape                 Portrait



Shape: An element of art that is two-dimensional, flat, or limited to height and width. It can be useful to look at the shapes across a composition in order to see if you have a variety of sizes of shape and a mixture of curved and geometric shapes.


Space/Perspective: An element of art by which positive and negative areas are defined or a sense of depth achieved in a work of art .


Texture: An element of art that refers to the way things feel, or look as if they might feel if touched. The kind of materials you use can help with this, but also the marks you make with those materials.

Tone: The values of lights and darks within a composition; works should have a range of tonal values. Objects/edges within the composition can be light against dark, or dark against light. If you struggle to see tone it can be helpful to screw your eyes up as you look at your subject, this will simplify the range of tones that you see. It can also be useful to exaggerate what you see tonally, make the darks darker and the lights lighter.


Value: The lightness or darkness of tones or colours. White is the lightest value; black is the darkest. The value halfway between these extremes is called middle grey.

Drawing / Mark-making 


Vary your drawing techniques to maintain an element of surprise and discovery. Scribbling freely will show you the kind of marks you tend to make, try to deliberately vary the direction and strength of your mark and see what happens. Repeated marks across a surface can flatten a drawing. 

Top warm up tips:

  • Try drawing with your non-dominant hand I.e. if you’re right-handed, draw with your left and vice versa. Don’t try to control it – you will get better with practice!

  • Blind drawing - do not look at your page, but let you eyes follow the shape of what you are looking at and let your hand follow your eye - again, gets better with practice! (helps not to lift the pen too far off the page)

  • Continual line drawing - do not lift the pencil/pen off the paper for the whole of the drawing, take it slowly and really try to look at shapes and how they connect across the drawing.

  • Double pencil - tape 2 pens/ pencils together to get a double shadow line.

  • Vary the pressure of the pencil on the paper to give a variety of weights of line.

  • If working with ink, do the same as above, vary the pressure to get a variety of line.

  • Do a double hand drawing I.e. draw with your left and right hand on 2 pieces of paper side by side, at the same time – notice how each hand responds differently.

  • On a pencil/graphite/ charcoal drawing - Lift out lights with an eraser and make darks with a pen.

  • DO NOT RUB OUT ANY LINES they are a useful guide to finding the correct line (Look at Alberto Giacometti)

  • Explore surfaces by making a variety of marks with the same drawing tool - dots, dashes, circles, smudges, lines of varying weight.

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