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Sound Drawing

Enjoy our simple step by step Create guides devised by professional artists and foragers for Friends Around the Table. Absolutely no experience is necessary, these activities are accessible for most people and can be undertaken in your own time.

Each guide welcomes you to explore food and nature in new and exciting ways to bring some relaxing and creative activity to your day. Once you have had a go, why not share the skills you have learned with a neighbor, friend or family member!

We don’t always have to draw something we can see, Kasia Posen likes to explore other senses too. Normally we listen to sound; this activity invites us to turn what we hear into beautiful, fun and relaxing artworks.

Activity

Sound Drawing

Step 1

Think of a place that has a variety of sounds, think of a place that might have distant sounds, close sounds, loud, quite, changing, rhythmic, musical, industrial, peaceful sounds.

You might go into nature or into a town or city, to the seaside, to a harbour, to a park.

Step 2

Take your materials listed below to your place and find a spot to sit or stand.

Close your eyes and listen for 5 minutes. Pick out the different sounds that you hear.

Step 3

Start to make marks using your different drawing tools, use different marks and different tools to represent the different sounds that you can hear. See how the Charcoal and Ink make different textures on the paper. Fill your page with your new marks. Think about how to make a mark that represents something far away or quiet, how would this mark differ from something loud and close. Think about repeating marks for rhythm. How would a mark representing birdsong differ from the sound a motorbike makes?

When you have finished…

Enjoy the dictionary of marks you have made, you have drawn your soundscape!

Why not try another location, see how it differs …….

How would you draw silence…..?

How can colours represent different types of sound?

You will need

  • Clip or tape to hold paper to your board
  • A few sheets of paper same size as your board (and thick enough to hold ink if using)
  • An A4 or larger piece of board to clip/tape the paper to, this will give you a hard surface to lean on.
  • Charcoal and/or inks, and a cloth for cleaning up
  • Sticks, feathers, leaves and paintbrushes for mark making

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If you’ve enjoyed this DIY activity and would like to make a donation to Suffolk Artlink please visit our CAF Donate page here https://cafdonate.cafonline.org/9780#!/DonationDetails. Every penny will help.

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