Bumpman drawing activity

Alison Smith

While our galleries are closed, we’re setting you an activity based on our exhibition, Paloma Varga Weisz: Bumped Body.

The Bumpman is an intriguing character who appears in several sculptures, including the large bronze sculpture Bumpman on a Tree Trunk that sits outside Henry Moore Institute, watching the world go by as we stay at home.

The Challenge: Draw a portrait of Bumpman

Your portrait can be in any medium, but we’d love you to make Bumpman look as 3D as possible. You can use the drawing tutorial (video and pdf) below to help you, or draw him in your own style if you prefer.

We’ve put together a selection of images of Bumpman to use as inspiration, that you can download to help you as you go.

Extension activity: Write a short story or poem

We’d also love to hear your stories about Bumpman, so our resource below includes tips on writing a short story or poem about Bumpman to accompany your drawing. There’s no prize available for the stories, but we’ll be sharing our favourites on our social media channels over the next few months.

Share your creations

Although the competition is now over, we'd still love to see your drawings! Share them on social media using the hashtags #drawbumpman or #bumpmanportrait, and don't forget to tag us too - @henrymooreinstitute (Instagram and Facebook) or @HMILeeds (Twitter).

You can see all the entries to the competition, including the winners, on our Bumpman drawing competition online gallery page.


Our Engagement Curator Alison has created this video tutorial and resource, demonstrating a technique you could use to make your portrait look 3D. You don’t have to use this technique to enter the competition, but it may help you to make Bumpman drawing look really bumpy! The resource has been designed for children aged 7+, but younger children are also welcome to enter the competition.

Download PDF resource pack
Download Bumpman image pack

Curriculum links

This activity could be used as part of home-schooling, and has links to Art and English subject areas. The drawing activity involves observation and drawing techniques exploring light and shade, a topic which is often explored in art lessons in Key Stage 2 and 3. The creative writing activity encourages detail, description and use of the senses, but can be tailored or adapted to suit the stage of your learner.

Venue details

Venue address

Henry Moore Institute
The Headrow
United Kingdom
T: 0113 246 7467

Opening times

Galleries: Tuesday to Sunday, 10am - 5pm

Research Library: Monday to Saturday, 10am - 5pm; Sunday, 1 - 5pm
Archive of Sculptors' Papers: Tuesday to Friday, by prior appointment