Art and about; Janet Tansley looks at a new drive to help bring out youngsters' creative side.
Byline: Janet Tansley
THIS October the world's biggest drawing festival, The Big Draw, will be taking place throughout the world and across the UK.
Many community venues, as well as national landmarks, will be transformed into creative spaces, where people of all ages and skills can flex their drawing muscles.
Altogether, around 280,000 people are expected to join in more than 1,000 events.
The Big Draw offers thousands of enjoyable, and mainly free, drawing activities which connect people of all ages with museums, outdoor spaces, artists, designers, illustrators - and each other.
There are events for those who love to draw, as well as for those who think they can't! Jacqueline Wilson, renowned children's writer and supporter of The Big Draw, might be famed for her creative stories,but she loves to create art and is encouraging families to do the same.
She says: "I loved drawing as a child - I still do now, even though I'm not very good at it.
"I think it's a wonderful idea to have a whole month of activities aimed at encouraging everyone to pick up a pencil. Happy drawing!" Campaign Director Sue Grayson Ford adds: "No matter where you live, and regardless of your age or ability, The Big Draw invites you to pick up pen, pencil, crayon or any other mark-making device, and explore our world in new ways.
"This year's theme, It's Our World, encourages everyone to celebrate their environment - rural, urban or coastal - and to explore its sustainability."
There are lots of Big Draw Events being held near you, in museums and art galleries, and other centres, most of which are listed on the Big Draw website.
Many Big Draw events are also part of The Family Arts Festival, spanning autumn half-term from October 17 October to November 2. This is the second year of The Big Draw's partnership with this major new initiative, offering a huge variety of family-friendly events across all art forms during the half term holiday.
Says a spokesperson: "Drawing can enrich music, dance and theatre performances by encouraging family members to record, expand and communicate these experiences in a different way."
You can join in The Big Draw by finding an event near you; adding your drawings to The Big Draw online gallery (Just tag #THEBIGDRAW via instagram); by checking out The Big Draw Blog for articles on all things drawing or sharing your drawings on Twitter.
There are many other ways you can join in too, on your own or in a group. Just take a pad and pencil and capure the world around you: draw a picture of your home, flora and fauna near where you life, or a local seaside or woodland scene.
Use the places you visit to create your 'drawing' too: use leaves under paper to do leaf drawing and catch every line and vein on a variety of different leaves or, on the beach, draw your picture in the sand.
For more inormation log |onto www.thebigdraw.org Youngsters can join in with Y |a whole range of events that will give them a chance to use all their artistic skills