Issue - Team work. Arts Award support.
Action - Artist led sessions with Arts Award adviser support. Drawing as a team, making tools and getting physical to draw. Enable schools to contribute to a National Initiative. Support teacher advisers new to Arts Award.
Impact - Young Peoples work celebrated in Library Galleries touring exhibition. Young People achieved Arts Award.
The Big Draw has one aim: to get everyone drawing!
Why? Drawing helps us to think, invent and communicate – regardless of age and ability.
Held throughout October, festival aims to bring communities together in fun, creative ways. More than 1,500 venues take part annually, from nursery schools to national museums. Last year 20 countries joined the UK in organising events.
Every October the Big Draw bursts into Libraries around the county and we work to offer opportunities for individuals and groups to join in with our Big Draw events and training sessions for teachers and leaders who want to run an event or join in with ours. Look out on the Inspire event listings for Big Draw events near you.
In 2017 sixty pupils from year three at Greenwood Primary and Nursery School, Kirkby-in-Ashfield achieved individual Arts Award Discover awards by taking part in The Big Draw Living Lines with practicing artist Lucianna Gallucci and Arts Award advisor and practicing artist Elaine Winter. The pupils spent two creative days with both artists in school.
The Living Lines creative workshop invited the pupils to ‘make their mark’ by getting active and moving their body. They each crafted cardboard shoes with textured soles and stamped their way down long lengths of paper and they created textured rollers to print miles of amazing pattern.
Their wonderful artworks were then shown in The Big Draw: Living Lines Exhibition which opened in November 2017 at Mansfield Central Library Gallery and toured Inspire library galleries during 2018.
The pupils made a special visit to Mansfield Central Library Gallery to officially open the exhibition and see their artwork on show. They had enjoyed meeting and working with the professional artists and they were astonished to see their wonderful artwork on show in a gallery setting. They took great care in compiling their log books of evidence and were proud to achieve their Bronze Arts Awards which were presented to them in a special assembly at school with their families looking on.
About The Big Draw
Founded in 2000, The Big Draw (formally The Campaign for Drawing) is an arts education charity that promotes visual literacy and the universal language of drawing as a tool for learning, expression and invention.
The charity leads a diversified programme encompassing advocacy, empowerment and engagement, and is the driving force behind The Big Draw Festival – the world’s biggest celebration of drawing.
The charity supports professional and emerging artists through The John Ruskin Prize and exhibition, and regular events, awards and competitions create platforms for each and everyone who wants to draw.
Throughout the year, The Big Draw manages collaborative research projects, campaigns and educational conferences on visual literacy, digital technology and STEAM. Working with cultural and educational organisations, policymakers and businesses The Big Draw demonstrates the social, economic and health benefits that drawing can bring and provides opportunities for everyone to access them.