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The Big Draw Festival started this weekend for October 2011

Monday 3rd October 2011

Launched as a one-day event in 2000, The Big Draw is now an annual month-long festival in October every year, of over one thousand events across the UK. Every year museums, galleries, heritage sites, libraries, schools and parks join in and invite people of all ages to discover how drawing can connect them with their surroundings and the wider community. Everyone was invited to organise a Big Draw event for 2011 and now there are events listed on the website all over the country. Simply visit the website to find an event in your area. This year’s theme is Drawing Age and Fantastic Creatures. Sponsored by Puffin, this award celebrates Eric Carle’s new children story book, ’The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse’.

Not only do the charity organise the annual Big Draw events, on their website they also offer a variety of free teaching resources and guidelines for parents and teachers to help encourage pupils to engage in the art of drawing. Some resources have been devised by and for the Campaign for Drawing and some by educators in the cultural sector, teachers, artists and others. Resources from outside of the Campaign are also available to help broaden the approach to drawing. Some of the resources are free to download and others, including Power Drawing publications, can be ordered at a small cost.

The Campaign for Drawing is an independent charity which raises the profile of drawing as a tool for thought, creativity, social and cultural engagement.

Visit the Campaign for Drawing website for more information.


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