EICH art workshop




Thirty art students from schools across the East Riding improved their drawing skills at a special workshop staged at the ERICH Gallery in George Street in March.


Pupils from Withernsea, South Holderness, Cottingham and Beverley spent a Saturday morning at the gallery for a workshop which coincided with the annual exhibition of the Cheltenham Open Drawing Competition.


The aim of the workshop was to encourage the students to learn from the drawings of more experienced artists.


“It’s a unique opportunity for art teachers to get their kids to look at all sorts of different styles of drawing,” said gallery curator Kathie Jenkins, who has organised two similar workshops for East Riding schools in the past.


After an introductory talk by Kathie and Prof Martyn Chalk, a former academic at the Hull School of Art and Design, the youngsters spent two hours working on large-scale drawings which they would not normally have the chance to produce.


“The whole point of this workshop is to get the students to work in a scale much larger than they’re used to,” said Kathie. “Learning from the works currently on display will be a great help to them, and the work they produce during the session will also be a valuable addition to their portfolios.”