Drawing Matter collaborates with architecture and design teaching studios and art/architectural history students based in the UK and internationally. Our work with tutors and students has explored how the Drawing Matter collection can be used in imaginative ways within educational contexts to offer students a way to engage with architecture and design through its representational media. This work has included workshops designed to complement (or set) specific design studio briefs, and curatorial or editorial projects.
We are also interested in collaborating with education groups from other disciplinary backgrounds. Drawing Matter has recently collaborated with ethnography students from Queen Mary University of London, and Foundation students from Central Saint Martins (including students studying fashion, graphic design, jewellery design, painting, and sculpture).
Archive workshops for education groups
Visits to the archive offer education groups a unique opportunity to work with the Drawing Matter collection and examine original design drawings in natural lighting. Over 1,000 students visit the archive each year—an average of one group per week. Each archive workshop is tailored to the particular interests of the group; past workshops have focused on typologies of drawings or objects (such as collages, surveys or sketchbooks) or on different uses of drawing in design contexts—such as survey drawings.
Workshops are a collaboration with tutors and students, rather than a lecture. Simple, but effective, strategies for getting everyone involved include inviting students to talk about their interests in a drawing selected in advance of the visit, or drawing tasks that allow students to more closely observe the objects they are looking at. We are very happy to discuss creative and ambitious models for workshops, including bringing drawings to universities/schools of architecture, and extended series of remote and on-site workshops.
Most visits to the archive include a tour of the site, which, depending on group size, can be led by a member of the Drawing Matter team, or with a map of the farm for a self-guided walk. Click here to learn about the development of the site at Shatwell Farm.
Tutors (or others) wishing to bring a group to the archive should email email@example.com to discuss a programme and pricing. We keep costs as low as possible, and the money raised through workshops helps fund student scholarships on our annual Architectural Drawing Summer School.
Workshops for architecture and design practices
In addition to our work with education groups, Drawing Matter runs workshops with design practices interested in the site and the drawings collection. As with the education workshops, these are most successful when organised in close collaboration with a contact at the practice.
Accessing the collection catalogue
The entire Drawing Matter collection is digitised at www.drawingmattercollections.com. The catalogue is a key instrument in developing workshops with visiting groups, but it is also a resource for students, educators, and researchers that can be used more widely. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any specific research queries.
In collaboration with Fernando Poeiras (ESAD.CR/LIDA), Drawing Matter has developed a series of drawing exercises to encourage students, tutors, and others, to engage with the diverse design material that comprises the Drawing Matter collection. Each exercise offers simple methods for approaching drawings through drawing to both better understand an object and its author, and to better understand oneself in the process.
Reading for tutors and students
Niall Hobhouse interviewed by Mary Vaughan Johnson and Andrew Clancy for Register Podcast
Matt Page interviewed by Semi Park for Space Magazine.
In the Archive – an ongoing project that digitally recreates visits to the collection
Drawing Matter Extracts – informal publications generated from this website and the drawings collection
Conjunction and Incongruity by Polly Gould
Parataxis by Matthew Wells
Archives, or Ardor by Iris Moon
Workshop on Siza’s March 77 Sketchbook by Manuel Montenegro