This year's Big Draw celebrates 2012 in lines with art events across the UK

By Ruth Hazard | 28 September 2012
Festival Preview: The Big Draw, various venues, October 1-31 2012

Whether you like to sketch, illustrate, design or doodle, organisers of The Big Draw are inviting people of all ages, talents and backgrounds to get involved in hundreds of events taking place across the UK over the coming month.

This year’s theme has been declared as 2012 in lines. The packed programme will launch with a day of drawing at the V&A featuring special guest illustrators Quentin Blake, Sir Nicholas Grimshaw, Gerald Scarfe and Richard Seymour.

“Big Draw events are designed to break down the ‘I can’t draw’ barrier,” says Sue Grayson Ford, Campaign for Drawing director.

“Our aim is to show that drawing is a vital tool for learning, thinking, creating and communicating. Best of all, it’s accessible and at the end of our fingertips.”

The line up for this year includes a chance to leave a chalk etching on the Castleyard paving stones in Oxford, embark on an artist-led tour around Manchester while sketching your journey on an umbrella and create Picasso-inspired fans, magazines and jewellery in Scotland.

Here are some of our favourite Big Draw events:

Big Draw, Big Make: Big Draw Official Launch, V&A, London, September 30

The drawing activities on offer have been inspired by the Museum’s collections, meaning you can help to decorate paper dinner wear in the ceramics gallery, design a table runner based on Tudor tapestries or try your hand at costume illustration in the midst of the fashion exhibition.

Head to the drawing exchange for the chance to swap your design with someone else’s masterpiece, root for your favourite newspaper doodler in Battle of the Cartoonists or join the V&A sketch mob on a drawing tour taking in museum highlights.

Making a Mark, Scarborough Art Gallery, Scarborough, October 8-21

Scarborough parents who have spent years trying to discourage their children from drawing on the walls are about to find their hard work undone.

This Big Draw project invites children to scribble directly on to the gallery walls in order to create a large-scale artwork using Posca pens. Each child will be asked to draw an individual motif to represent themselves and the resulting mural will be then go on display at the Scarborough site.

Come Draw With Me! National Museum Cardiff, Cardiff, November 8

Join a group of working artists for drawing classes in the impressionist and modern art galleries of National Museum Cardiff.

Brendan Stuart Burns invites you to make a 3-D drawing installation in response to music in the grand hall, Laura Ford will help you create an individual visual narrative inspired by surrealism, and Stephen West asks you to respond to sculptures by Epstein, Gill and Gaudier-Brzeska with primitive-style drawings.

The Big Draw, The Bowes Museum, Durham, October 27

Artist Linda Birch, the illustrator behind Bagpuss and the Clangers, will be taking painting workshops throughout the day as well as exhibiting a range of her most iconic animations.

In celebration of Durham’s inaugural Stone Festival other activities include drawing on stone paper and etching on stone blocks under instruction from professional sculptors and letter carvers.

Leading the Line, Colchester United FC, Colchester, October 13 and 20

In collaboration with Colchester United FC and Colchester Community Sports Trust, firstsite Associate Artists Lawrence Bradby and Jevan Watkins Jones invite spectators to capture the rhythm and excitement of a football game using pencil and paper.

The drawing project will take place over three match fixtures at Colchester United FC, the first is on 29 September.

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