Sharpen art skills

Mass sketch at the Millenium Gallery
Mass sketch at the Millenium Gallery
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It’s an unusual idea for a lunchtime break, but one that has already proved popular with creative folk in Sheffield.

A mass sketching event at the Millennium Gallery drew in crowds of people as part of a project to make art more accessible.

Drawing the Summer is a special programme of exhibitions, events, and have-a-go activities which will see local artists working with the public to polish up their pencil skills and help them find inspiration.

And the next stop is drinking and drawing, with a follow up event in the pub.

Laura Travis, visitor engagement manager at Museums Sheffield, said: “Drawing is a great way to stimulate the brain and get your creativity flowing – and you don’t have to be Michelangelo or Da Vinci to have a go.

“Drawing the Summer really has something for everyone.

“ It is especially those who think they can’t draw – we’re ready to prove that’s just not true.”

A new exhibition at the Graves Gallery, featuring work by some of the masters of the medium, including Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Edward Burne-Jones and Katsushika Hokusai, also aims to inspire budding artists.

Drawing the Line is complemented by a series of pop-up exhibitions by local artists Roanna Wells, Kyra Cane, Paul Evans and Neil Webb, each taking an innovative and sometimes unexpected approach to the theme of drawing.

Sunday Sketching in the Pub takes place on July 13 in The Tap pub at Sheffield railway station,

The event is free, lasts from 1.30pm to 4pm, and materials will also be provided.