Art for fun is exactly that. I work / draw using a combination of fineliners and alcohol based Winsor and Newton ProMarkers for all my paper based art. These tools are easily used by most ages, since 2021 the age range I have welcomed to draw ranges from 15 to 1207 months (100 years 7 months!).
If you visit the studio on my standard opening days throughout the year this activity is always available free of charge. I supply 1 (or 2) A6 sheets of 300gsm watercolour paper. I also provide my ProMarker range to be used, the markers are organised in colour based folders.
This is not a class, ideas and techniques hints may be shared. Its primary purpose is to encourage anyone to have a go at drawing. There is no judgement made about what is produced. Perfection is not encouraged and if a ‘mistake’ is made the idea is to continue with the piece.
I ask to take a photo of the completed piece, which I share that day on the studio Instagram account and it can then be taken away by the person who drew it.
In the first 22 months (June 2023) of residency at 21 Commercial Road over 1670 individual drawing sessions have been enjoyed. Some visitors have been many times, others just once, in 2023 there is a clear rise in repeat visits from holidaymakers returning for their annual holidays and it is often the child(ren) in a family that requests this of their parents. Some local parents have told me that they consider the art for fun table as a community resource which makes me very happy as there is always a lot of chat while the drawing takes place. In the summer months we draw outside the shop and that includes me developing new pieces at the same time.
I hope to gradually add some examples of Art for Fun – all images were completed at AndyKnillArt Studio, Swanage between September 2021 and now.
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