Quentin Blake opened his Hay Festival Lecture with this poignant line “We start life with the possibility of two languages, verbal and visual.” Verbal language is our main communication tool throughout life and although visual communication is not forgotten, it’s very rarely practised in adulthood as it is in childhood. When was the last time you sat down to draw something?
The Big Draw which runs from 1st October to 3rd November aims to encourage everyone to draw, not just the kids, but everyone! With 900+ inspiring events in fifteen countries there’s no better time to get involved and be part of the 200,000 people putting pen, brush, pencil and many other things to paper.
What’s going on and where?
From the biggest draw at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford on the 12th October to small drawing parties in community centres across the country there is something for everyone to get involved in. You can search events by location (There’s bound to be stuff nearby!) and by age group if you are looking to scout out events to suit the children. Other fun events include:
- Plant drawing at Chelsea Physic Garden
- Fashion illustration at the Victoria and Albert Museum
- Monoprinting at the IWM North
Alternatively, there’s still time for you to organise an event. All the resources can be found on the Campaign for Drawing website and all event organisers will get the chance to apply for one of 12 Drawing in Action Awards.
“I can’t make it to any Big Draw Events”
No problem, you can still get involved by participating in the Big Draw Online with Access Art. Check it out and see what creative things you can come up with using everyday items.
Are you planning on going to any Big Draw Events? Or even thought about creating your own? Let us know in the comments…