Explore and Draw: Park Life workshop

Explore and Draw: Park Life workshop, Park Crescent, London, 2013.
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Drawing can happen anywhere and inspiration for creativity is always close by, especially in the city. Last weekend the RIBA held its first Draw and Explore workshop, open to all members of the public, to develop their drawing skills through an exploration of the architecture around Regent’s Park and getting hands on with material from the RIBA’s rich collections for inspiration. The session, led by artist Viyki Turnbull, took attendees to the Regency-style streets and buildings designed by John Nash where they were encouraged to try different methods of looking at and recording the architecture of the area.

Viyki Turnbull

Viyki Turnbull (standing), Explore and Draw: Park Life workshop.
Park Crescent, London, 2013
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Drawing of Park Crescent

Drawing of Park Crescent

Drawing of Park Crescent

Drawing of Park Crescent

Nash’s built legacy is nearly 200 years old. Having surviving the poor reputation he gained towards the end of his life, his work can still be enjoyed today and provided the perfect location to explore different ways of drawing. But it wasn’t all about Nash… participants investigated a host of material from the collections including photographs, books, periodicals, drawings and archives dating from the 1400s to the present day.

See the photographs of the workshop and find inspiration for drawing from your own local area, drop in to see the RIBA’s collections or join us at the next workshop Explore and Draw: Saints and Sinners on Saturday 13 April 2013.

The collections on show…

Viyki showing a drawing by John Buonarotti Papworth

Viyki showing a drawing by John Buonarotti Papworth from the RIBA’s collection.
Explore and Draw: Park Life workshop.
Education Room, RIBA, 66 Portland Place
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Drawing of Park Square East, Regent's Park

Park Square East, Regent’s Park, 1825
Artist: John Buonarotti Papworth. Designer: John Nash
© RIBA Library Drawings and Archives Collections
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Rue de Rivoli, Paris

Rue de Rivoli, Paris, was built between 1811 and 1856. Image from the 1890s
© RIBA Library Photographs Collection
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 Drawing outdoors…

Workshop participants and drawing, Chester Terrace, London, 2013

Workshop participants and drawing, Chester Terrace, London, 2013

Drawing of Chester Terrace

Drawing of Chester Terrace

 

About Wilson Yau
I work for the British Architectural Library at the RIBA as part of a team to share news, images and information online about the activities of the Library and the fascinating items we have in our architectural collections – it contains over four million items, so there's plenty to see! If you’re curious about what we do at the Library and with the collections, or want to discover the latest about our education programmes, public events and exhibitions at the RIBA, please visit www.architecture.com

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