Teachers’ Assembly: Drawing the Abstract

Thu 29 April 2021 : 4:00pm – 5:30pm

We welcome all teachers and educators to assemble for a hands-on workshop and discussion with artists Halima Akhtar and Rita Evans.

Both artists will be in conversation with teachers from Charlotte Sharman Primary School, Sophie Morris and Cybell Jatoe, reflecting on their recent in-school project with Key Stage 2 pupils. The project ran throughout lockdown, via zoom, and transitioned back to school with the children, supporting the process of coming back to the physical classroom as a group. Halima and Rita will share their approaches to engaging with abstract forms, such as drawing sounds and playing with patterns, to encourage collaboration, confidence and curiosity. 

Rita Evans explores the sensorial details of materials in order to make ‘instrument-sculptures’, which are played solo and performed with others. Drawing is embedded in her process, used to make sketches, plans and visual scoresm, which express the sonic and physical properties of her instrument-sculptures. Her work within education and community contexts includes Theatre of Sound and Home Harps, commissioned by Towner Eastbourne, 2020; Collective Instrument Making, Open School East, 2020; The Physicality of Research workshop for teachers and educators, Tate Research Centre, 2018.

Halima Akhtar is a multidisciplinary artist based in South East London working between drawing, print and kinetic experimentation. She is interested in drawing as a form of construction and spontaneity: 'Drawing has always been the core and most principle part of my practice. It acts as the anchor - the trigger impulse to capturing a place, feeling or idea. Drawings do not have to be static - they can change, be altered, formed and deconstructed.' In parallel with her studio practice, Halima has worked closely with South London communities through Stitch School, as well as on creative interventions for Brixton Design Trail, Brixton Library and a residency with Dulwich Picture Gallery.

This is the third event in Drawing Room’s ROCK PAPER SCISSORS Teachers’ Assembly series, which seeks to break down the distinctions between artist and teacher, studio and classroom, and promote drawing practice as a central part of creative pedagogy in schools.