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Ulster Celebrates National Drawing Day With Free Event

7 May 2013

Budding artists can explore their hidden talents under the guidance of an expert tutor at a free University of Ulster event later this month.

As part of National Drawing Day of Ireland, top local artist Julie Douglas will be sharing her tricks of the trade during a series of workshops at the Belfast School of Art on May 18.

The event is open to adults only – both beginners and more experienced artists – and all they are asked to do is bring their own materials.

Julie, who lectures in drawing and painting, said she was offering a positive, fact-filled, hands-on experience which everyone could participate in and enjoy.

“No matter what level you are at, these workshops will help you see things in new ways and help you create drawings which serve you in design or self expression,” she explained.

“Many people would love to draw but are afraid to take the first step, so this event will invite them into a friendly yet controlled environment.

“Sessions will be designed to suit all levels of experience and participants will learn to observe and understand shape and form through a variety of subjects and media.

“If you love drawing but haven’t done it for years or if you draw all the time and simply can’t get enough, then take this opportunity to connect with the power of drawing in this free event.

“Events are being held all over Ireland for National Drawing Day and I felt it was appropriate to organise our own workshops in the School of Art.

“While many of the other sessions throughout the country are craft based, mine is not – it’s pure, traditional observation drawing.”

Deborah Fraser, Associate Head of School of Art encouraged people of all levels of drawing experience to take time out on May 18 to discover or improve their skills.

“Julie is well known for her humour and patience and has been providing creative experiences for 20 years. Her hands-on class will reconnect participants to the power of drawing, whether it is for pleasure or for design,” she said.

Julie has advised anyone interested in participating to book early, as places are limited during the event which lasts from 10.30am until 2.30pm on Saturday May 18.

For more information contact Julie at and to find out more about her outstanding work visit her website or check out her blog