Green Elephant Drawing Club

Green Elephant Drawing Club worked with children and young people from Newington Estate in partnership with InSpire Youth Service.

It was a series of six workshops, including an exhibition, during the school summer holidays in and around green spaces at the Elephant and Castle. These outdoor and indoor sessions focused children and young people on noticing new things about the area where they live, developed new skills, encouraged creativity and enhanced well-being.

In each session we started by looking at one of the five green spaces we identified: The Newington Estate itself, Elephant Park, St Mary’s Churchyard at the Elephant and Castle, Nursery Row Park. Our sessions will end with a visit to the Tibetan Peace Garden at the Imperial War Museum.

Each began by meeting at the Newington Estate and walking with the group to one of the green spaces; here we will look at work by either a local artist whose work is inspired by the area, such as Reuben Powell or Clara Pope’s illustrations of Walworth’s garden history, or an artist whose technique introduces the group to new ways of drawing, such as Matisse or Tim Knowles. Participants werel supported to make work inspired by the artist and the environment around them as the subject.

In the final session the children and young people used the work they have made throughout the workshops to curate their own exhibition in the Art in the Park studios and display it to their guests.