Drawing Material – Material Drawing

Drawing Material – Material Drawing

Wednesday 29 November 2023
Fine Art students at Goldsmiths College, University of London

Exploring the materiality of stuff, and objects through drawing.
An investigation into materiality and ways to investigate and understand materials through drawing, and how to use a range of materials to draw with. Drawing touch, smell and taste, drawing the inside of materials you can’t see, drawing around materials and objects, plus a whole lot more material stuff…
Bring materials and objects you like, ones you might respond to and ones you might use to draw with, such as coffee, mud, clay, bread, hairbrush, sponge, book, sandwich, custard, orange, hat, pebble, leaf ….
Drawing the materials properties – Is it stretchy, bendy, sharp or soft?
Try not to draw what it looks like, but what it feels like (texture, taste, smell) and how the material behaves. 
  1. Start session with blindfolding everyone – give each student an object/material to explore. Handle for a while. Remove object and I hide it.
  1. Un-blindfold everyone then draw the object (do not look at the object) – draw its materiality, the experience of handling it. What does it feel like, smell like?
  1. Now you can look at the object. Place the object on a piece of paper (any size) and draw the object – drawing around the object (moving the paper as you go). Do not move the object off the paper. Think about drawing from different viewpoints. 
  1. Draw the inside of the object without opening it up – what it might feel like to be inside the object – Try not to be too representational.
  1. Drawing a smell (hand them each a fragrance)
  1. Drawing a taste (offer different foods to eat)
  1. Draw with materials. Use a range of materials to make marks to create a drawing. Can work on paper, directly on the floor or on another surface – plastic ,fabric etc. Explore a range of materials e.g. food and nature (jam, bread, leaves, soil…)
  1. Discuss finished works.