Experimental Drawing: Evolution and Creativity

Using the creatures and artefacts in the Museum as a starting point, this experimental drawing workshop will develop ideas around creative evolution. 

An experimental piece of artwork by Julia Thaxton in mixed media

Encouraging participants into a playful, inventive frame of mind, artist Julia Thaxton will lead us through a series of experimental drawing games, including the 'exquisite corpse' as developed by the Surrealists. We'll play with the idea of an internal 'creative animal' and develop an imagined embodiment of the participants' creative/interior selves as a vehicle for ideas to emerge from the unconscious. 

Suitable for teenagers and adults. No previous drawing experience necessary – just bring your curiosity and imagination!

Tickets £10. Please make sure to book your tickets in advance.

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About the artist

Julia Thaxton

Julia Thaxton is a visual artist based at OVADA in Oxford. Working with water-based paint and natural materials, she creates abstract paintings that recreate the sensation of immersion in water, music, or memory. Her workshops in experimental drawing take a playful approach to spark unanticipated outcomes, exploring how to unlock ideas from the unconscious and generate creativity.


Accessibility information:

Wheelchair accessible?


Hearing loops?






Flashing lights?


Loud noises?


For more information, please visit our accessibility webpage, or contact Chris Jarvis (chris.jarvis@oum.ox.ac.uk).