Drawing workshops with Tania McCormack

Schools and arts award

Tania McCormack led workshops and shared her approach to drawing at St Richards RCPS in Dover and Sholden Primary in Deal on 6 November 2013. The children all drew fantasy boats, with imagery inspired by Corbyn Matthews Crow’s concrete poem and photographs of rowing boats. The drawings were then enlarged using an OHP projector with pupils engaging in group work to produce a large composition.

  • “The children produced some wonderful imaginative drawings from the poetry which stand beautifully on their own. It was tricky in terms of time and space, ideally I would have loved each pupil to enlarge their drawings. THe group enlargements become more abstract so I explained that it was important to keep all the drawings and they can continue to work from the acetate drawings.” (Tania McCormack)
  • “Today was brilliant! The children all had a really good time and it has left us with food for thought. The children really enjoyed creating their fantasy boats using the media provided and then creating a group composition. Many drawings were comic like in style so we may create mini animations. I will also be using the initial acetate and overhead idea with my own class.” (Jenny Abbot)

Pupil comments:

  • ‘The best part of the workshop has was getting to decorate, be really free and creative with things and use my imagination lots more’.
  •  ‘The really liked being messy and using paint lots, which we don’t use so much. Working on the wall was fun as well – it was good to work really big.’
  • ‘Working with the projector was the best part – we haven’t used one before as it’s a very small school. It was really fun to work together to make a big painting too.’


Photos by Louisa Love