The Big Draw 2013: Top ten events from the Campaign for Drawing's family festival

By Ben Miller | 02 October 2013

Family art fun returns across the country this month with the Campaign for Drawing's annual Big Draw festival. Here are ten we've spotted...

A photo of a man and child working with artworks inside a gallery
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Your Park, Your Big Draw, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London, October 12

A fine excuse to visit the capital’s newest public park, where free materials, artists and eco building designs will inspire workshops and trails around caterpillars, flora and fauna, culminating in a performance. Drawing routes will be dished out at Stratford Station.

Where The Leaves Blow and Art Workshop, Canolfan Arad Goch, Aberystwyth, October 19

Two actors lead interactive encounters with twigs, dancing leaves, dragons and wooden racing cars in a participatory, 50-minute performance rewarded with drinks, cakes and a session with resident artist Leah Adams.

A Panorama of the Future, Nottingham Castle Museum and Art Gallery, Nottingham, October 19-20

Swish and (sometimes) accurate realtime mapping doesn’t always have to come via smartphones and computers. This is your chance to paint a definitively huge Google Earth panorama landscape of Nottingham, working alongside artist Mik Godley in the Long Gallery.

Big Draw at The Houses of Parliament, Houses of Parliament, London, October 19 and 26, November 2

The four mosaic panels of the famous Houses, depicting the patron saints of Wales, Scotland, England and Ireland, will provide artist Rachel Gadsden’s starting point in the Winchester Hall. Gadsden wants visitors to help make a set of new Parliamentary paintings, with family-friendly tours of the architecturally-arresting building accompanying her sessions.

The Lennon Line, The Beatles Story, Liverpool, October 22

Summon the creativity of the man who wrote Imagine in a workshop where fans are implored to tell their stories of the Beatles in pictures and words. A fun trail for kids runs through the exhibition.

The Big Hallowe'en Big Draw, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh, October 26

Make a dancing skeleton or a magic wand out of vividly-coloured paper, silks, ribbons and inks. This funny spook-out is for 6-11 year-olds.

The Bewitched Big Draw, Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery, Norwich, October 28 – November 2

Artist Emma Jarvis builds a giant haunted castle inside a castle, inviting her guests to populate the place with bats, cats, spiders, witches and skeletons. Send your friends a helpful photo of a witch’s moggy.

No Sense Nonsense, The Montgomery, Sheffield, October 29

Edward Lear. The Owl and the Pussycat, The Duck and the Kangaroo, The Jumblies and the Quangle Wangle are a few of the inspirational figures inviting visitors to create ridiculous worlds with words, poetry, songs and stories. This is part of Sheffield’s brilliant Off the Shelf Festival of Words.

Mr Big Plays Jazz, Town Hall,  Birmingham, October 30

Take in the story of Mr Big – a lonely gorilla who discovers a new life after learning the piano – in a kid’s show featuring live art by illustrator Ed Vere and jazz from the parp-happy Neil Cowley Trio.

Ink and Drink, Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Nov 1

Pro illustrators Helen Ward and Niroot Puttapipat provide works to collect and colour in, inspired by the spectacular landscapes of 19th century painter John Martin. Get there early: the first 200 people through the doors will receive a free Pictura colouring book.

More pictures:

A photo of people walking across mosaic artworks
© Courtesy The Big Draw

A photo of people standing underneath lions of shimmering neon
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A photo of two children sitting on grass making artworks out of paper
© Courtesy The Big Draw
© Courtesy The Big Draw
A photo of a woman and child working with pens on a piece of art
© Courtesy The Big Draw
An overhead photo of a family making artworks on paper on the floor of an art gallery
© Victoria & Albert Museum

Are you going to a Big Draw event? Leave a comment below.

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