London College of Communication hosted a free drawing workshop with members of the local Elephant and Castle community and wider earlier this month – aiming to make drawing less daunting and more fun.

Hosted in LCC Studio, the College’s space in the Elephant and Castle Shopping Centre, members of public of all ages and abilities took part in activities including drawing with charcoal attached to the end of a long stick and drawing “negative space” during the ‘Drawing from the Archive‘ session.

Led by artists and UAL graduates Anna Shelley and Isabelle Cole, attendees were encouraged to explore and experiment with materials including pencil, chalk, paper, charcoal, graphite, and carbon paper – drawing a range of unusual archival objects  from UAL’s Archive and Special Collections Centre.

Isabelle Cole said: “The workshop aimed to make people of all ages and abilities comfortable with UAL’s Archive and Special Collections Centre, but also comfortable with act of drawing.

“We used a number of drawing exercises, such as drawing with charcoal attached to the end of a long stick and drawing ‘negative space’, as well as a wide range of materials – graphite, pencils, chalk, charcoal, using carbon paper – to help participants lose control of the outcomes, and start to enjoy the act of drawing.

“We were pleased that people really engaged with the objects. We encouraged visitors to draw what they saw, not what they thought was there… We really wanted this session to show people that drawing can be fun and enjoyable! ”

‘Drawing from the Archive’ followed a free stop-motion animation workshop in LCC Studio last month plus a games day where members of the public could play with student-made games.

See more from the workshop on the Drawing from the Archive Instagram.