Carly Richardson - Gallery Sketchers - June

Gallery Sketchers – June

Welcome to Gallery Sketchers online – where the Incinerator Gallery comes to you.

Our artist educator Carly Richardson invites you to join along with these creative activities from the comfort of your own home. Please take a photo of your drawings and share them on InstagramFacebook, or our Facebook Group Incinerator Gallery Sketchers.

Use the hashtag #IncineratorGallery so everyone can share and support each other, just as we do during the program at Incinerator Gallery.

Light and dark

What you need:

  • pencils, HB, 2B, 4B, 6B
  • drawing charcoal, compressed or willow
  • eraser, preferably with sharp edges or corners
  • paper, white cardtridge any size (exercise 1)
  • Coloured paper, any colour, kraft paper (exercise 2)
  • white cartridge paper (exercise 3)
  • still life objects, select simple shapes for example scrunched paper, white crockery, citrus fruits, leaves, flowers, simple kitchen utensils
  • a bright lamp to direct light
Observational drawing by Carly Richardson
Observational drawing by Carly Richardson

Research suggestions and other ideas

View Incinerator exhibitions Fluidity and Gramineae for ideas of what to draw.

Consider ‘vanitas‘ as reminders of the fragility of life and the use of chiaroscuro to create a sense of drama.

Jan Davidsz de Heem, Fruits next to a flower glass c.1670-72
oil on canvas, 100 x 75.5 cm
Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden
Willem Claesz Heda, Still Life with Oysters, a Rummer, a Lemon and a Silver Bowl 1634
oil on wood, 43 × 57 cm
Museum Boymans-van Beuningen, Rotterdam
Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio, The Supper at Emmaus 1601
oil and tempera on canvas, 141 x 196.2 cm
National Gallery London
Joseph Wright ‘of Derby’, An Experiment on a Bird in the Air Pump 1768
oil on canvas, 183 x 244 cm
National Gallery London

Contemporary artists you may also want to consider:

Share your responses, collages, favourite artworks, artists and exhibitions using the hashtag #IncineratorGallery or email to