Robinson-Gay Gallery 2020
Northumbrian Wildlife Drawing Workshop
Robinson-Gay Art Gallery, Hexham
1 March 2020
Despite the blustery conditions of Storm Jorge, all attendees made both workshops at the beautiful Hexham art gallery, Robinson-Gay which saw a wonderful celebration of Northumbrian wildlife with outstanding Biro drawings created by all!
Session 2 Robinson-Gaye Art Gallery, Hexham
Everyone had a tale to tell about the Northumbrian wildlife they had spotted including Betty who had seen deer, Will and Anna who had spied an otter in the River Tyne and Rosie who had seen a seal.
For these workshops, Jane selected iconic Northumbrian species she had come across. The workshop also focused on how to help local wildlife:
- LOOK AFTER YOUR OWN BACK YARD! Looking after local environments can help biodiversity flourish, no matter where we live and also help combat the climate emergency
- Plant pollinator-friendly plants in gardens, pots and window boxes. Many pollinator-friendly plants from garden centre’s contain pesticides so plant from seed
- If you don’t have a garden, volunteer for community urban or woodland planting schemes or beach clean-ups. Our gardens, parks and urban and rural wild spaces can become a network of nature reserves.
Image credit: Meadowmania
- Using pesticides is harmful to both wildlife, and humans. Stop using pesticides and let nature look after itself, sparrows and other creatures will eat your greenfly! Leave weeds to grow in your garden, they are after all wildflowers and plants
Images top row left to right: Death's Head Hawkmoth and Small Elephant Hawkmoth; bottom row left to right: Oleander Hawkmoth and Broad banded Bee Hawkmoth 2012 colour Biro drawings, Jane Lee McCracken
Northumbrian species studied included:
Sophia age 9 with her hare drawing
Atlantic puffin's are also known as Parrots of the Sea and Juliet's meticulous drawing captured this sentiment perfectly. Her drawing was beautifully executed with diligence paid to the puffin's features.
Juliet age 10 with her Puffin drawing
Betty paid homage to deer she had seen with her wonderful drawing of a Roe Deer, with bold mark-making and wonderful texture to the deer's antlers. Her father Andy also made an exquisite sketch and drawing of a Roe Deer.
Betty age 7 with her Roe Deer and Badger drawings
Will displays a natural gift for drawing with exciting artworks created in every workshop he attends. His otter and red squirrel were effortlessly executed and capture the spirit of these elusive Northumbrian creatures.
Will with his red squirrel and otter drawings
Will's sister Anna, made an iconic drawing of a badger, in a bold and confident style.
Anna age 8 with her badger drawing
Noah made a brilliant drawing of an adder. Noah's father who hadn't drawn for many years astonished all with an incredible drawing of a hare with delicate mark making.
Noah age 7 with his adder and second drawing of a hare
It was heartening to see both Noah and Emily, who has begun a splendid work in progress, champion adders. These shy and often misunderstood creatures, avoid humans and are vital to local biodiversity.
Emily age 13 with her adder drawing in progress
Linda began a sumptuous drawing of a common toad that appeared to walk across the page, Sarah, made a beautiful drawing of a red squirrel with a stunning face, Kate began a wonderful red fox and Sarah effortlessly completed a gorgeous drawing of a hare.
Ruby's astonishingly accomplished red fox drawing in progress displays incredibly sensitive use of her medium and beautifully rendered eyes. Lizzy's exquisite puffin captures the dark tones of a stormy sea and her sister Catherine began an epic drawing of a badger using purple Biros, while friend Tally's work in progress of an Emperor Moth shows great attention to detail.
Red Fox 2020 colour Biro drawing, Rosie
Grey Seal 2020 colour Biro drawing, Rosie
Hare 2020 colour Biro drawing, Rosie
Red Fox colour Biro drawing, Ruby age 15
Common Toad colour Biro drawing work in progress, Linda Medley
Update from Linda, 6 March 2020, of her Common Toad colour Biro drawing
Hare 2020 colour Biro drawing, Sarah
Atlantic Puffin 2020 colour Biro drawing, Juliet age 10
Atlantic Puffin 2020 colour Biro drawing, Lizzy age 13
Badger 2020 colour Biro drawing, Catherine
Adder 2020 colour Biro drawing, Noah age 7
Hare 2020 Biro drawing, Noah age 7
Hare 2020 Biro Drawing, Matt
Red Squirrel 2020 colour Biro drawing, Sarah
Roe Deer colour Biro drawing, Sophia age 9
Hare 2020 colour Biro drawing, Sophia age 9
Atlantic Puffin 2020 colour Biro drawing, Sophia age 9
Badger 2020 colour Biro drawing, Betty age 7
Roe Deer 2020 colour Biro drawing, Betty age 7
Roe Deer 2020 colour Biro drawing, Andy
European Otter 2020 colour Biro drawing, Will age 6
Red Squirrel 2020 colour Biro drawing, Will age 6
Adder 2020 colour Biro drawing, Emily age 13
Emperor Moth 2020 colour Biro drawing, Tally age 13
Badger 2020 Biro drawing, Anna age 8
Red Fox 2020 colour Biro drawing, Kate
Thank you to all who attended for your amazing drawings and for supporting Born Free through ticket sales.