During October and November The Big Draw will be happening all over the country, aiming to get people drawing.
It was set up by The Campaign for Drawing because:
“Drawing helps us to understand the world, think, feel, shape and communicate ideas. It is fun, accessible and invaluable – in education and everyday life.”
Why would you want to celebrate drawing? Too many people think they can’t draw, but there’s no such thing!
Drawing is more than producing a likeness of something on paper.
Drawing is an action, that can help you relax and de-stress as well as create something from practically nothing.
It can be a much more immediate way of getting ideas across than words – how many people say they are ‘visual’ learners?
Drawing is creating and everybody needs a bit of creativity in their lives.
I was put off drawing for a long time by a bad lecturer who told me I couldn’t do it. And I rediscovered it when I used it as a therapy at a time in my life when I was very low. It’s something a lot of us left behind in school but the act of creating is more important than the end result.
Don’t be scared, or get put off by other people. And don’t just set up your fruit bowl and coloured pencils like you did in school, experiment!
- Take your pencil for a walk over the paper and see what shapes appear
- Use different materials: string, crayons, ink, biro…don’t limit yourself
- Draw BIG, draw small, draw with your eyes shut, draw to music
- Tell a story
There are loads of opportunities for all ages to get together and draw during October. Search The Big Draw website for events near you.
If you can’t get to one of these, draw with your friends or your family.
I’ll be drawing, will you?
Send us your pics, I’d love to see how you get on.