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The Big Draw celebrates drawing for all!

April 24, 11-4pm at The RISD Museum. Details listed below.

The Big Draw was first established in 2000 in the United Kingdom by the Campaign for Drawing, an arts organization that promotes drawing as an important and exciting tool to help people of all ages see, think, invent, and learn. It has has one aim: to get everyone drawing! Why? Drawing helps us to think, invent and communicate — regardless of age and ability.

The Big Draw

Annually over 1,500 venues, from village halls and nursery schools to national museums and castles, take part in the The Big Draw. This annual month-long season spans art, science, design and the environment. It connects generations and communities. Big Draw events show that drawing can be an enjoyable public activity as well as a private passion.

Prior to Big Draw Providence, Eileen Adams, the director of the Campaign for Drawing, led a sold-out one-day workshop for local teachers, educa­tors, and community leaders which focused on how draw­ing can stimulate learning and creativity and serve as a medium in developing the skills of perception, communication, and invention. Workshop participants explored the possibilities of different drawing techniques and learned ways to use drawing within their own organizations, which include Artists Exchange, City Year, Gordon School, Jacqueline Walsh School for the Performing Arts, Pawtucket Arts Collaborative, Steelyard, the Hive Archive, Top Drawer, and United Cerebral Palsy, among others.

The Big Draw at the RISD Museum is a celebration of drawing for all.  Bring your imagination and come make your mark! There will be drawing activities on the walls, in the galleries, and beyond. Let your drawing come out of the box. After making your mark in the museum, experience a collaborative performance by the youth dance troupe JUMP! and Lynne Harlow, explore the litany of lines in Pat Steir’s work or draw from puffer fish and ferns in the RISD Nature Lab.

The Details:

The Big Draw
The RISD Museum – 224 Benefit Street, Providence, Rhode Island
(401) 454-6500
website:  http://www.risdmuseum.org/



– Drawing on the Walls:  Who says you can’t draw on the walls? Join us for drawing exercises that explore the physical space around you.

– Take it to the Floor:  Let the museum be your muse. Explore the galleries through the eyes of an artist and make your own response to the lines, dots, and dashes that bring a work of art to life.

– Be a naturalist:  Drawing from models helps artists develop their eye for observation and detail — at the RISD Nature Lab, our models range from furry and winged, to the poisonous and slimy.

– PostScript:  Visual artist Lynne Harlow and JUMP! Dance Company will present Postscript, a performance exploring the intersection of drawing and dance.

1 + 3pm
– Drawing out of Line: Join us for an introduction to the exhibition Pat Steir: Drawing Out of Line and explore how the artist challenges the notion of drawing in scale and ambition.

This Free event is for all ages. Food and refreshments provided throughout the day by Tim Hortons. Support for The Big Draw is provided in part by the Providence Tourism Council and Tim Hortons.

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