Open Communal Shared Drawing

Tuesday online drawing sessions

January 2021 - January 2022

Open Communal shared drawing- every Tuesday, same time, same link or email:

Gather up any mark making materials you have in the house and some paper, and together we will spend some time making open communal shared drawing. No previous experience required, all family members welcome and free.
There will be a project about the 'Open Communal Shared Drawing' between 06-25 September 2021, with examples of drawings from participants and workshops around the theme of collective drawing.

Upcoming: Tuesday 27 July 10-11am with Nathan Crothers

Previous sessions

26 January- Alastair MacLennan
Alastair would like everyone to bring the following to the Zoom meeting (don't worry if you can't):
1) 15 sheets of paper (A4 size, or whatever). 20 if possible
2) 10 separate items to draw with (sticks of charcoal, some dark B pencils, blue or black biro pens, if possible, or whatever).
3) A rubber (eraser)
4) 2 interesting objects of personal choice.

02 February- Alastair MacLennan
Alastair would like you to prepare for the session and have some materials at hand:
1) Each participant to come to the meeting with TWO short stories (to be told taking ONE MINUTE each) about something you've experienced that's:
important to you, that's had an effect on you and that you'd like to share.
2) 10 drawing materials
These could be charcoal, soft B pencils, pens, markers, chalk, or whatever would make clear, definite, strong marks, so they can be seen easily when held up on the zoom screen.
3) If possible, please bring 18 pages of A4 size paper to draw on (If you can't bring these, then 18 pages of whatever size you can manage).
4) Please also bring ONE simple piece of FIRM CARDBOARD, of the SAME SIZE DIMENSIONS as the sheets of paper you'll be drawing on.

Frances Lawson- smell

09 February- Bronagh Lawson
Bronagh asks the participants to:

  1. Consider sitting still for 30 mins before logging on
  2. Think about something that you are grateful for or have noticed that is nice in the last few days.
  3. Think about a sound you might like to make
  4. Bring 10 sheets of paper and 5 objects
  5. Gather up 7 different marking making materials

If you like, change your Zoom background to one of your own images/art (but don't worry if you cannot do this).

16 February- James King
Please have some materials close to your screen for the session

He asks the participants to have the usual variety of drawing items at hand, plus chalk or charcoal; A4 paper; a couple of A3 Sheets, not necessary but could be used; tissue/ toilet paper or cotton wool; baby wipes or damp cloth.

Tuesday 23 February- Elaine MCGinn
In regard to materials at hand, Elaine writes:...'there are no real rules about the workshop, usual items, but I would like to request that the participants choose something new, materials, paper, something they have always wanted to try, something that lights them up!!'

Tuesday 02 March, 10-11am with James King
Please have some materials close to your screen for the session, like the usual variety of drawing items plus chalk or charcoal; blue tack or some way to secure a page; A4 paper; a couple of A3 Sheets. The blue tack is for one of the exercises: to be able to draw with one hand with the other hand not available to hold down the paper. It would be similar to drawing on two pages simultaneously.

Tuesday 09 March, 10-11am with Tonya McMullan
Please have some materials on hand - whatever you feel comfortable using and paper to draw on as well as three things to smell:
1. A jar of spice from your spice cupboard
2. Organic material i.e. something deriving from living matter (examples include soil/ plant/ porridge/ tea/ coffee/ wood)
3. An item of clothing.

Tuesday, 16 March 10-11am with Rachel Macmanus
For materials: please have large sheets of paper or cardboard sheets next to you, any type of material as long as its big, if people can find that?
Rachel Macmanus currently is part of the Line of Thought exhibition with us, a project focussing on drawing.

Tuesday, 23 March 10-11am with Tonya McMullan
Drawing materials and paper.
A piece of clothing.
Something to smell and taste (could be honey, fresh herbs, glass of milk, fruit, chocolate, biscuit etc).

James King, 13.04.2021

Maps, 20.04.2021

Tuesday, 30 March 10-11am with PS² and everyone.
Drawing materials, paper, sticky tape.

Tuesday, 06 April,10-11am with Elaine McGinn
Elaine wants you to have something nice to eat, a piece of fruit, chocolate or a sweet next to you and I guess some drawing material as well.

Tuesday, 13 April,10-11am with Aisling O'Beirn
Aisling will have people draw ‘broken things’ so she asks people to bring:
-a selection of broken objects, things that are maybe lying around the house in need of repair, or even things that are beyond repair etc;
-a range of drawing materials, pencil, charcoal, crayons papers scissors etc as well as a range of papers and surfaces to draw on.
-They could also bring a camera or even their phone to photograph and maybe upload the results if we have time.

Tuesday, 20 April,10-11am with Bronagh Lawson
Please have the usual materials at hand, paper, pens, paints...

Tuesday, 27 April,10-11am with Niamh Scullion
Please have the usual materials at hand, paper, pens, paints...

Tuesday, 04 May, 10-11am with Seonaid Murray
Seonaid is a Community Musician and Outreach Officer for Moon Base Projects run by The Black Box, Belfast. Tuesday's workshop will be based around sound. Feel free to draw throughout the session when you hear a sound that you would like to work with! There will also be some set times when we can all draw together reacting to sounds we have made or heard!
Bring paper and any materials you like to draw with.

Tuesday, 11 May, 10-11am with Katrina Sheena Smyth
I would ask the participants to bring with them the usual drawing materials (paper/journal, pencils, pens, charcoal etc) and a dense writing piece that they have read. I have been working with dense philosophical theories; however, this could also take the form of a complex poem or piece of literature.

Tuesday 18 May, 10-11am with Ngaire Jackson.
Please have these materials at hand,

  • 6 pieces of blank paper
  • pencils, pens (felts, biros ...)
  • a pair of scissors

PLUS any 2 pieces of paper with text on them, a bill, newspaper, instruction leaflet, pages of a book, pamphlet, printed paper out of your recycle bin ...

Tuesday 25 May, 10-11am with Irmgard Himstedt
Materials: usual paper, one of it A3; pencils, felt tips, charcoal, coloured pens/ calk, glue stick or tape.

Tuesday 01 June, 10-11am with Sarah and Seonaid
Materials: paper and materials for drawing

Tuesday 08 June, 10-11am with Miguel Martin
For the website Miguel mentioned see.

Materials: a black biro pen and the blank side of a few scrap documents which could be a utility bill, shopping list, bank statement etc

Tuesday 15 June, 10-11am with Sarah Riseborough
Materials: if possible drawing paper (packing paper, lining paper, whatever you have that’s got a smooth surface) that’s around A2 size and a few different colours of pen or pencil, charcoal, a paintbrush and water. Maybe make sure you’re ok with marking the surface underneath the paper!

James KIng


Tuesday 22 June, 10-11am with Bernie McAdam
Materials: nothing specific, just choose the materials you feel happy with.

Tuesday 29 June, 10-11am with Duncan Ross
Materials: paper, a pencil, an eraser, and some kind of indelible medium such as black ink, black paint or black marker pen...

Tuesday 06 July 10-11am with James King
Materials: 1x A3 page, 6x A4 plus six other pages, could be A3 or A4 and the usual drawing implements.

Tuesday 13 July 10-11am with Sandra Corrigan Breathnach
Materials: a sketch pad or sheets of paper (110gsm or Less) it is important that the paper is not too thick, a good drawing pen, a 2B a 4B and an 8B pencil (or 6B if you can not get an 8B), Indian ink (in a low container), a small paint brush, scissors, a compact charcoal stick.

Tuesday 20 July 10-11am with Emily Lohan