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Mid-Week Draw Online: Week 29

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With the clocks going back for the end of British Summer Time on Sunday, this week’s theme is everything getting darker.

English Watchman in 4b pencil

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If you are tempted to have a go, please share your drawings with us! We would love to see them. Email them to Beth at

Tweet @BrightonMuseums or tag @brighton_museums on Instagram. If you are uploading them to Facebook with pride, share the url in the comments section below.

Come back next Wednesday to see what new objects Beth has chosen.

This week’s additional ideas:

  • Use an angle poise lamp to create dark and light on a subject that you want to explore. Try moving the lamp around in different positions so that the light shows different depths on the object.

You could use a black piece of paper (pastel paper is great for this, but any will do) with a white coloured pencil, or pastel to sketch the highlights you can see on the subject, leaving the black paper as the shadows.

An example of famous chiaroscuro is: The Deposition of Christ by Caravaggio, or Allegory, Boy Lighting Candle in Company of Ape and Fool by El Greco

  • Create a page of different lighting devices you can find ie lampshades / torches / streetlamps / candle sticks (and holders). The more the merrier!

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Beth Burr, Museum Support Officer