Drawing can be used as a tool for thought, creativity, discovery, wellbeing and social engagement – and the beauty of it is that anyone can draw!
We have gathered together a selection of drawing resources from our partner collections to inspire you. Whether you are a teacher looking for drawing activity ideas for the classroom, you would like to experiment with drawing at home, or you are interested in finding out more about drawing materials and techniques, we hope you find these resources useful and inspiring.
Explore drawing materials and techniques
Make your own sketchbook with The Hepworth Wakefield All ages
One of the first things you might need is a sketchbook. Find out how to make your own sketchbook from recycled paper with The Hepworth Wakefield.
Drawing activities from Edinburgh Museums Primary and secondary students
Explore videos from Edinburgh Museums for some great ideas for experimenting with drawing and mixed media. Draw the outdoors, a cityscape or create your own special place using drawing techniques. Find them on Edinburgh Museums' website or on Vimeo using the links below.
Are you interested in having a go at drawing but want some ideas and tips? These artist-led videos from the Royal Academy provide sustained drawing sessions on various themes from life drawing to abstract drawing.
Drawing doesn't have to be about creating an exact rendition of your subject or making a perfect, finished work of art. Experimenting with approaches to drawing can help free up how you draw and lead to new ideas and inspiration. From fun activities for the very young to drawings inspired by the senses, explore these activities at home or with your students in the classroom.
Tate Kids drawing activities Families and primary students
From mark-making to getting surreal, explore these fun drawing activities from Tate Kids.
Find ideas for using artworks or objects as the starting point for drawings with this resource from Liverpool Museums. (Great for exploring your local art gallery or collection with children or young people.)
Mindful interactions with art and drawing can lead to a heightened sense of wellbeing. Take 10 minutes out of your day to relax and have a go at a mindful drawing activity. For more wellbeing art activities explore our wellbeing resources round-up.
Derby Museums All ages
These simple drawing-for-relaxation ideas from Derby Museums' 'Create and Make' series can be easily tried at home.
David Hockney at the National Portrait Gallery Secondary students, 16+ and lifelong learners
This teachers' resource from the National Portrait Gallery looks closely at the portraits of David Hockney and suggests discussion points and activities for exploring his drawings with secondary students and 16+ age groups.
Take a look at these wonderful drawings created by the National Museum Cardiff drawing group, who regularly draw and share their drawings – and during lockdown drew the ordinary everyday things they saw around them. Perhaps you'll be inspired to start a drawing group of your own…?