This Saturday, 15th May, marks the 18th annual National Drawing Day. The National Gallery of Ireland along with dozens of museums, galleries, libraries, and cultural organisations all over Ireland gets together to encourage people to draw.
Supported by the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, this year is the second year the day is celebrated online, with activity ideas, workshops, videos, and blog posts. Unlike the 2020 celebration however, the National Drawing Day 2021 would also allow creative people to bring their own dry materials to sketch in galleries since the reopening of art centres.
The gallery encourages creative people who celebrate the day to share their drawings with the gallery. Using a simple hashtag #NationalDrawingDay on social media platforms.
Updates on the celebration can be found using the same hashtag on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.
A free online workshop, ‘Online Creative Activity for Families’, will be held on 15th May from 11am to 12pm via zoom as part of the National Drawing Day 2021 celebration. The workshop follows the artist Louise McGrath who will demonstrate the basic rules of drawing a still-life composition, with tips on choosing the objects, drawing shapes, lines and adding tone for the drawings. Booking is required to attend this event. You can book for this event here.
Bookings are set to close one hour before the start of the event.
Aside from the online workshop, the gallery’s website lists numerous live events and videos, drawing activities to try at home, and plans for the visit to the gallery for the day.
Among the many, a ‘Sensory Drawing Class for Adults’ in association with Gheel Autism Services will be held online via zoom. The class will be led by artist Eileen O’Sullivan who will demonstrate the fundamentals of drawing a composition of everyday objects. Materials that would evoke the senses such as sugar for texture and soy sauce to draw lines will be the main focus during the class. This class also requires a booking. You can book for this event here.
To accommodate a simple activity for all ages, ‘Colouring in the Collection’ is organized using some of the artworks from the national collection. Children who colour for fun and adults who colour as a form of meditation or to explore colour and pattern are now provided eight different artworks to be coloured in.
The paintings can be found here.
For more information on the National Drawing Day 2021 and events organised by the gallery, click here.