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Past Projects

Drink & Draw - Still life with coloured pencils

28 January 2021

18:00 – 19:00


Relax and enjoy the simplicity of coloured pencils and a celebration of the everyday home with the first Drink and Draw at the Tetley of the year.

Herfa Thompson will guide you through a series of exercises focussed on fun, relaxation and creativity whilst simultaneously teaching drawing basics and tips. These exercises will lead you to create your  own still life drawing from the comfort of your own home.

The theme for this sessions is 'home and everyday' and will feature objects that will easily be found at home for you to create your own based of various plants, fruit and/or veg, favourite or interesting objects one may have and so on.

Herfa will also create a still life for everyone to work on if they want to as well, giving tips to apply to your own.

The workshop aims to help bring mindfulness through activities such as tactile drawing and studying familiar objects.

Herfa's top tips and a little inspiration:

  • Fruit  - bananas are fun due to their shape and the black speckles, satsumas, apples, a cut open pomegranate
  • Vegetables – carrots and butternut squash are a favourite of mine as they are within my everyday budget. If you can afford it, maybe gather around some seasonal veg as a theme for your still life
  • Flowers
  • A mug or glass – you can use a wine glass to hold an object in it and also to create levels by adding height
  • A plant or more
  • Dried flowers
  • Old tins or any unopened tins with their labels on – labelling allows you to focus on lines and form which can be therapeutic in its own way.
  • Glass bottles or ceramic object – I love kitschy ceramic objects as an example. A fun way to bring a bit of a story to your still life
  • Favourite objects – rocks, shells,
  • Fabric – a favourite jumper, quilt, throw. Scarves especially printed ones. Raffia is a fun earthy textile to draw. Woven objects such as straw baskets can be challenging but also a lovely way to add texture to a still life.
  • Eggs – eggs are challenging but can be interesting to draw due to their matte surface absorbing the light
  • Candles – unlit is safest but candles can add height to your still life so if you are finding your still life looks level and you are itching for layers, candles are often an easy way of doing so.


About the artist:

Herfa is a multidisciplinary artist based in Leeds. She studied Architecture for a year then studied Sculpture and Environmental Art at The Glasgow School of Art and graduated in 2017. She primarily works within 2D media of painting and digital illustration but hopes to combine 3D and 2D in the form of ceramics and dressmaking in the future.

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