New Year Noticing – a drawing workshop at Yorkshire Sculpture Park

10th November 2021

Join us for a day of drawing and mark-making at YSP on 30th January 2022.

As January comes to a close, the daylight hours gradually become longer. Take some time to reflect on the new year and notice the changing seasons. Led by local artist Helen Thomas, you will be supported to make ‘noticing sketches’ on paper using a range of materials including pencil, ink and wax.

Let your eyes linger over twigs, husks and buds as the trees and plants reveal a trace of last year’s growth and a promise of spring. Spend time connecting to nature, noticing beauty through mark-making, line, texture, tone and maybe a few words if you wish.

The workshop is inspired by Silence an artwork that asks us to connect to nature. We will walk to Silence for our first sketches before making further drawings in the beautiful woodland nearby.


Book via Eventbrite.

This event is delivered in partnership with Yorkshire Sculpture Park and tickets sales are managed by YSP.

Additional information

Suitable for all levels of drawing experience. Lunch not provided. Please meet at the Hayloft Studio above the café at the Learning carpark, Park Lane entrance.

Please dress for the weather as we will be outside unless the weather is very inclement.

If you have any access needs please contact

About your Tutor

Helen Thomas is a visual artist based in West Yorkshire, she explores themes of plants and place through drawing and painting. Helen’s current work focuses on the often overlooked, and sometimes contentious self-seeded plants in our everyday surroundings. Recently Helen had an exhibition Dandelions & Double Yellows at Wakefield Cathedral (July to August 2021) which was part of Wakefield Council’s Festival of the Earth.