Saturday Art Challenge!


Seashells, seashells, on the seashore!!

Hi everyone! Do you remember that a few weeks ago we did a Ruskin inspired challenge drawing feathers?

Well this week I thought we could use a similar technique to look in detail at pebbles and seashells, following on from this weeks Rock Pool theme for our creative writing tasks. I like to work on brown paper for detailed pencil crayon drawing as it gives a nice base to highlight lighter colours. I used water soluble pencilcrayons for my drawings.

Here is your challenge:

If you have access to them: Use pebbles, shells and sea-drift finds to create detailed drawings to showcase a collection of interesting beach finds. If you haven’t got these, pictures from the internet, or pebbles/ leaves from the garden will do instead, try to copy the exact colours and detail onto paper. Start with the lighter tonal colours working up layers to build to the darker shadows. I also drew in the shadows cast by the objects into my drawings to add an extra 3D effect on the page:

If you fancy going a step further and being more creative – choose a photograph of a rock pool and see if you can find interesting scrap paper or recycled materials to create an image of the photo. In the pictures below I tore up a paper doily and craft papers to add patterns and colours to my rock pool creation. If you look closely you will also notice that I added a different variety of shells to create more interesting details! There are no rules! Have fun!! (You can either use my photo, or find one from the internet, or your own collection).

With best wishes,

Published by Emma

Hi my name is Emma! I am a writer and artist. I work for the NHS at Converge ( and I am also an MA graduate in Creative writing and am currently studying for a PhD in Humanities. I have been leading a creative writing class at the beautiful St Nicks in York ( for the last five years. When I am not at work I'm on my allotment or at Base Camp (my home) planning new adventures.

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