The Wing Drawing Project

Wing draws Wing.

Ian Newsham

I am proposing to run an art/drawing project where the people of Wing are both the drawers and the subject of the drawings.

Everybody has a story, and they are all interesting. The subject of the drawing tells their story and that is noted beside each drawing.

These drawings with their associated stories will be put into large A1 sized picture frames and hung on the village Hall walls. These pictures will be a snapshot, a record of the people living in Wing drawn by the people who live in Wing.

I know apart from what we look like, the concern most people will have, will relate to their drawing ability. Many people will say,

“I can’t draw”. “I can’t draw a straight line”. “I’ve not drawn since I left school”, etc, etc.

I am the recently retired associate professor of drawing from De Montfort University, and I have taught drawing since 1979 to students who in many cases have been reluctant learners with a huge fear of failure. I see no difference between the reluctant students and the people of Wing. I enjoy the challenge and the purpose of this project isn’t to make “good” drawings, it is to tell a story, have a good time and learn something while we are doing it. So “I can’t draw”, doesn’t count, and anyway we need both people to draw and be drawn. We are all going to be on both sides of the easel, and nobody will be making any judgements, there can be no failure, only a failure to join in.

I envisage laughter, embarrassment, surprise, and cups of tea at the drawing sessions, which It will happen on Wednesday evenings in the Village Hall between 7 and 9pm.

Starting on Wednesday 26th October

Some basic materials will be provided.

Please try to bring a pencil to draw with, preferably a soft pencil (4b-ish).

Ian Newsham