Yale student Kate McMillan tells us what she and others discovered at the RIBA and Elephant and Castle during a RIBA workshop about perspective drawing…
At 66 Portland Place
Last week, members of the public tackled the challenges of perspective drawing as they took on the dramatic angles and huge mass that make up the Heygate Estate at Elephant and Castle, London. Before the site visit, attendees spent the first part of the Explore and Draw: Sky Walks and Slab Blocks session at 66 Portland Place investigating photographs, books, journals, drawings and biographical files relating to the Heygate Estate and Elephant and Castle area, from the British Architectural Library collections. Looking at the images and drawing techniques used for inspiration, participants practiced perspective drawings for 2D and 3D shapes ahead of the on-site element of the session, receiving guidance from artist Viyki Turnbull.
Images of some of the material on show during the workshop:
At the Heygate Estate
After experimenting with various drawing methods and techniques, participants were ready for the striking perspectives, repeated design elements and vast scale of the Heygate Estate. Once on-site, the group scattered around the huge slab blocks in search of the most exciting views. The nature of the complex allowed for very diverse drawings that included steep heights, sharp angles, great depths and varying shadows.
After an hour of drawing, participants reconvened to share what they had been up to. Take a look!
Thanks to everyone who took part. The next Explore & Draw workshop dates are:
- Saturday 14 September
- Saturday 12 October
More information and online booking for these workshops will be available soon on What’s On, where you’ll find more events from the RIBA.
By Kate McMillan