I was delighted to be invited to take part in this year’s The Big Draw. You’ll perhaps know from previous posts on this blog and on other pages of my website, including one my videos “Why is Visual Literacy so Important” that visual literacy and art education is very important to me.
The Big Draw is an arts education charity that promotes visual literacy and the universal language of drawing as a tool for learning, expression, and invention. The charity leads a diversified programme encompassing advocacy, empowerment, and engagement, and is the driving force behind The Big Draw Festival – the world’s biggest celebration of drawing.
Throughout the year, The Big Draw manages collaborative research projects, campaigns, and educational conferences on visual literacy, digital technology and STEAM. Working with cultural and educational organisations, policymakers and businesses The Big Draw demonstrates the social, economic and health benefits that drawing can bring and provides opportunities for everyone to access them.
Amongst The Big Draw’s patrons are…Sir Quentin Blake, David Hockney CH, Norman Foster and Gerald Scarfe CBE.
So obviously, I was really honoured to work with Kate Mason (director of The Big Draw) and Susan Coles (arts educational consultant, Big Draw Associate and past president of the NSEAD) to support this year’s Big Draw. Every year The Big Draw suggests a theme to help schools, artists etc plan their Big Draw Festival event and get those creative cogs churning…the theme for 2017’s Big Draw Festival…Living Lines! Living Lines: An Animated Big Draw Festival will take place for 31 days from 1-31 October 2017. Since 2000, the annual, international celebration of drawing, which brings people together under the banner ‘drawing is a universal language’, regularly takes place in over 25 countries, involves over 1000 events and has encouraged over 4 million people back to the drawing board.
So thank you again to Branston Community Academy in Lincoln and their superb Head of Art, Jo Baker – I hope I was able to support your students with a few further thoughts about the importance of drawing, both in education and professionally. The students at Branston were brilliant – with thoughtful questions, superb attitude, and great artwork! And of course thank you to Kate Mason, Susan Coles from The Big Draw, I really appreciate the invite and I hope I can do more for The Big Draw in the future!
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