Lets Get Drawing! The Big Draw Festival 2017

the big draw festival - drawings on the floor

Do you and your family love drawing? Or are you a teacher that encourages children’s arts and crafts? Either way the Big Draw Festival is definitely something you need to know about!

What is the Big Draw Festival?

The Big Draw Festival is aimed at anyone who loves drawing and art: “It’s an opportunity to join a global community in celebration of the universal language of drawing.

Since the festival started back in 2000 it has become a hugely successful international, annual festival that involves schools, art galleries, museums and even refugee organisations.

It is organised by the Big Draw charity, which promotes education, visual literacy and drawing as a tool for learning, expression and invention.

You can check out the festival’s art gallery right here.They will be tweeting art inspiration over at @_The_Big_Draw.

When is the Big Draw Festival?

the big draw festival takes place in October

Great news! The festival takes place throughout the whole month of October 2017, so you’ve got plenty of time to get involved.

What is the theme of the Big Draw Festival 2017?

Living Lines is this years theme for the big draw festival

Announcing the theme on their website the Big Draw said: “We’re delighted to officially announce the theme for 2017’s Big Draw Festival: Living Lines!

“Open to a wide range of interpretations, this year’s Big Draw Festival is designed to get your marks moving!”

How do I get involved with The Big Draw Festival?

If you’re an artist . . .

You can register here. Once you’ve registered you’ll be sent some fantastic resources and will be able to post details of any arty events you are hosting.

The Big Draw says: “Whether you decide to get animated theatrical, illusionary, technical or messy we can’t wait to see what you have up your sleeves.”

Artists who have signed up are being encouraged to share what they create on social media using the #LivingLines2017 and #TheBigDraw hashtags.

We can’t wait to see where you go with the ‘Living Lines’ theme.

If you’re a parent . . .

You will want to find out all about the festival’s events you can take your kids to. Find out what’s going on near you here.

If you’re a teacher . . .

The festival really wants to encourage children to get drawing. One of the key ways it does this is through schools.

Susan Coles, The Big Draw Associate, cultural educational consultant, artist and school governor, says:

“The Big Draw is a superb focus for any school – allowing all subjects areas to appreciate the value of drawing and visual literacy and to support the use of transferable skills and knowledge.

“Drawing is a language that resonates with all subject areas. Drawing is communication that breaks through barriers. And, it helps us speak when words are not enough”. 

Teachers that want to get their schools involved in the festival should visit the education page of the Big Draw website.

Comprehensive schools can register for a special rate of just £50.        

We’d love to see what you create for this years festival, our Posca Pens are perfect for creating those ‘Living Lines’!

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