Announcing Artists for Hospitalfield Free Drawing School Online – Mondays at 10am


Free Drawing School Online continues in June

Join the Free Drawing School live online every Monday from 10am-12pm.


A different drawing challenge is announced each week for you to get involved with at home guided live with an artist.


The Free Drawing School Online continues over the summer with many more challenges as we invite guest artists to design the weekly challenge for you to join in with.


The Free Drawing School challenges are designed to be done at home with the resources you can bring together from your drawers and cupboards.






Monday 1 June, 10am-12pm

Drawing Challenge led by Aniara Omann

Aniara Omann is an artist who lives and works in Glasgow. Omann’s practice evolves around themes of interconnection, ecology and social fictions. Working across sculpture, writing, video and live performance the work seeks to question and blur the boundaries of individual objects and their projected identities. The work is often produced using methods and materials found in manual special effects and prop making, as well as homemade and biodegradable materials. Omann has presented work in Scotland and internationally and was a resident at Hospitalfield in Autumn 2017.


Monday 8 June, 10am-12pm

Drawing Challenge led by Mark Aerial Waller
Mark Aerial Waller is an artist based in London. His work integrates objects, video and live performance. He studied film and video with sculpture at St Martins School of Art. Waller founded the event based project The Wayward Canon in 2001; there is currently a selected retrospective exhibition at CAAM Las Palmas. His films are distributed by LUX, London and he is represented by Rodeo. Mark was part of the Summer Residency at Hospitalfield in 2017.


Monday 15 June, 10am-12pm

Drawing Challenge led by Fabiola Carranza
Fabiola Carranza is a Costa Rican / Canadian artist based in Vancouver. She examines visual, cultural, and personal phenomena through art and writing. She obtained an MFA from the University of British Columbia and a BFA from Emily Carr University Vancouver, Canada. She is a PhD student in the Department of Art History, Visual Art, Theory, and Criticism at the University of California in San Diego. Fabiola came to Hospitalfield in 2017 and was part of the Interdisciplinary Residency programme.



Monday 22 June, 10am-12pm

Drawing Challenge led by Luke Pell
Luke Pell is an artist based in Edinburgh, Scotland who collaborates with people and places, working across forms to imagine alternative contexts for performance, participation and discourse that might reveal wisdoms for living. Maker, curator, dramaturg and writer. Luke’s work has been presented throughout the UK and internationally. Currently an Associate Artist at Dance Base, Edinburgh and with Fevered Sleep, Luke was part of the Interdisciplinary Residency at Hospitalfield in 2018 and was an advisor alongside Janice Parker on the Hospitalfield Children’s Procession in 2019 with Mark Bleakley and Katie Miller.


Monday 29 June, 10am-12pm

Drawing Challenge led by Rachel Pimm
Rachel Pimm is an artist based in London. Rachel works with sculpture, video and performance to explore environments and their materialities, histories and politics often from the point of view of stuff such as plants, minerals, worms, water, gravity or rubber. They have an MFA from Goldsmiths and were 2019 writer in residence at Whitechapel Gallery. Rachel came to Hospitalfield in 2016 as part of the Summer Residency.



Maker Mind

Make the most of your mind
#045 | May 21st, 2020
Current mood: me when the lockdown is over. Artist: Hallie Packard.

The Goldilocks Principle.

Hi friends!

Many things in life are a question of balance, and mental health is no different. A little bit of anxiety can act as a source of motivation. Too much anxiety can be paralysing. A little bit of stress is a healthy survival response. Too much stress leads to mental illness.

This week, we will explore such questions of balance. First, the Goldilocks Principle of Stress and Anxiety, and how you can determine your optimum stress and anxiety levels. Then, the relationship between mindful productivity and neuroscience—why do we (and our brains) need balance in the way we work?

And because teaching is the best way to learn, we will also have a look at how you can write great educational articles, which can help you and your audience understand new concepts better.

Enjoy the read, and hit reply if you have any questions, feedback, or want to say hello!

Metacognition workshop: Join on May 25th to think about thinking, learn metacognitive strategies, and design your own thinking toolkit. Register »

Brain food

The Goldilocks Principle of Stress and Anxiety
In the children’s story The Three Bears, Goldilocks tastes three different bowls of porridge, and finds that she likes the porridge that is neither too hot nor too cold. This concept is known as the Goldilocks Principle and has been used across disciplines, including mental health, to describe something that is not too high, not too low—but just right.

The anatomy of a perfect educational article
Writing an educational article about something you want to learn about may be one of the best ways to study a topic. This is what I’m doing every week at Ness Labs, and you can do it as well. So what does the perfect educational article look like?

Mindful productivity and neuroscience
Mindful productivity is a sustainable way to work and think. It’s not a product, it’s not an app, it’s not a system—it’s a flexible roadmap. While mindful productivity is first and foremost a set of principles anyone can apply to work better and think better, many of the habits and routines it prescribes are rooted in neuroscience research.

Brain candy

The History of Philosophy (Deniz Cem Önduygu)
An incredible visual summary showing the connections between some of the key arguments of Western philosophers. Explore on your laptop.

The Miracle Sudoku (Simon Anthony)
Did I believe my friend when she said: “Trust me, you will love watching this guy playing sudoku for 25 minutes”? No. Did I watch the whole thing? Yes.

Why Bother? (Salman Ansari)
A beautiful short essay about digital gardens, why we create, why we share, and the pain of silence.

Brain trust

Lots going on in the members area this week and next!

  • Workshop. There will be two sessions of the metacognition workshop to accommodate for all timezones on Monday. I usually give this interactive workshop at companies and conferences for a much higher price than the membership cost. Sign up here.
  • Virtual meetup. We had a wonderful time during our meetup for note takers and note hoarders. We talked about Zettelkasten, taking smart notes, Roam versus Notion, and more. Read the notes (yes, meta)
  • Mind Match. As always, fill this form to get matched with a fellow member for a virtual coffee chat. Includes a thoughtful conversation guide with ice breakers!
  • Course. Just announced that yearly members will be able to beta-test the course in advance of the official launch. Join now if you’re interested.

Soda and Wood

Online Exhibition
Opening Saturday 6th June, 10am.
By Richard Heeley

We are very pleased to announce the second phase to our current Salt and Wood exhibition opening on the Clay College Website; Soda and Wood.

We are so happy to have a brilliant selection of Soda and Wood potters taking part. This show will feature work by John JelfsSabine NemetRichard HeeleyRuthanne Tudball and John Mackenzie.

Pots will be live on the website to view and purchase at 10 am, Saturday 6th June and we will be posting on Instagram and Facebook throughout the day.

Clay College is a not-for-profit organisation, set up by Adopt a Potter Charitable Trust, and whilst our on-site Gallery is sadly closed and our Evening and Masterclasses are on hold, every item sold online helps hugely to keep the Clay College up and running.

Sabine Nemet
John Jelfs

Jack Mackenzie
Ruthanne Tudball

Click here to visit the Clay College Website
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  • June 8, 2020 at 2:05 pm

    Some really interesting links Maggie. Thanks for sharing.

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