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Life size

Week two of the Halfway CP school life drawing project began with a review of the blog post from last week. We read through the post together and listened to the sound recordings.

For this week’s warm-up exercise we sat in pairs opposite each other, and looking closely, made a drawing of the other person’s eyes.

Then we drew our own hands. Some people found it hard and some of us found it easy.

We cleared the tables away and took it in turns to lie down and make a pose on huge sheets of black or white paper that covered the whole floor.

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We took it in turns to draw an outline, choosing either a black pastel on white paper or a white pastel on black paper.

After the break, Pip asked us to think about how we might describe ourselves and what we like doing best  in pictures and then to draw these inside our life-size outlines.

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Here we are working on our pictures.

This slideshow is of us lying alongside our completed picture.

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Before we left to go back to school, we each chose a different word to describe how we felt about the workshop today.

wonderful, fun, exciting, incredible, happy, brilliant, great fun, good.

Drawing from life

Tuesday November 3rd was the first workshop with a group of students from Halfway CP School, who will be working with artist Pip Lewis over the next four weeks on a project exploring life drawing.


We began with a warm-up exercise practising drawing small objects based only upon the information we could get by touch.

We then took it in turns to pose and experimented with a range of different materials to make life drawings of each other.

We experimented drawing from different angles and perspectives, before trying some new materials…


Using charcoal on white paper we found that smudging our lines was a useful way to add texture to the portraits.


Using chalk on black paper was also a chance to experiment with shading and contrast.

Before returning to school we shared our favourite portraits:

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I like using white … because it shows a little bit of the colour and texture that we can bring to the world – Cian