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Self Drawing


10AM - 12PM | FREE

How can we use art to develop a better relationship with our self? This February, we are delighted to welcome artist Mellina Van Der Welk to the Create Place, to lead the ‘Self Drawing Workshop’.

Mellina’s own experience of using herself as a muse led to her own personal growth and unexpected feelings of empowerment: ‘Taking inspiration from traditional life drawing, I twisted it by removing the model and using myself, the artist, as my own muse. From this, I have created the self drawing project, aimed at young people aged 14-16 at a transitional time in their lives.’

Teenagers are digital natives: they have grown up in a rapidly changing world, where the influence of social media can have incredibly positive benefits: it can create new ways to connect with one another and build online communities. However, soaring rates of loneliness, together with the dispiriting news that using platforms like Instagram and Facebook can lead to increased feelings of anxiety and inadequacy, make for a troubling picture. In the ‘age of the selfie’, what better time to explore how images of ourselves can be a source of empowerment, confidence and self-respect?

Over four consecutive Sunday sessions throughout February, aspiring teenage artists will learn how to receive and offer creative support and encouragement with their peers. Together, they will explore how their relationships to themselves and others influences their self-esteem. Under the guiding hand of Mellina, the aim of the sessions is ‘to remove the “celebrity” aspect of social media, to remove the idea of self-acceptance through online likes, and focus on students’ personal acceptance’.

This series is aimed at artists between 14 and 16 years of age, and will run totally free of charge with all materials provided.

To reserve your spot or find out more, please email

Earlier Event: February 24
Extra Second London
Later Event: February 26
Crafting is Connecting