Doodlers, sketchers and ‘fire drawers’ are invited to join in at a drawing festival.
Creatives of all ages are being encouraged to pick up their pens and pencils as the Big Draw returns for another year. Everyone from children to adults will be able to take full advantage of a programme that will see hundreds of venues announce hands-on events throughout the country.
Now in its ninth year, next month’s events range from creating Dizzy Designs at Glasgow’s Scotland Street School Museum to constructing Diversity Dove mobiles at the Prestongrange Industrial Heritage Museum in East Lothian. Better still, a large portion of the programme is free. Originally created to inspire the idea that anyone can be creative, the Big Draw campaign continues to push the envelope on any preconceived notions of what constitutes ‘drawing’.
With this in mind, this year’s activities will include mono-printing, mosaics, mobiles, mandala (sandpainting), drawing with your head, wire sculptures and fire-drawing.
As it has grown in stature, the annual programme of work has won many distinguished supporters, including Quentin Blake and David Hockney.
More than forty Big Draw events will take place throughout Scotland in museums, galleries, castles, parks, schools and village halls. Highlights include The Owl and Lion in Edinburgh, which involves darts being thrown at a giant map of Edinburgh city centre. Lines connecting the dots will be drawn, then artists will lead those taking part to ‘travel the lines’ and draw what you find at the dots. Across at the Royal Scottish Academy, free drop-in drawing sessions are to be set up led by RSA members and their children.
In Glasgow, professional illustrator Stuart White will present a day-long drawing event inspired by The Lighthouse building and Glasgow’s cityscape; while at the National Museum of Flight in East Fortune in East Lothian, visitors are invited to explore how the landscape of the town has changed through two world wars and the Cold War.
The Big Draw runs from 1-31 Oct. www.campaignfordrawing.org