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The Big Draw

1 - 31 October 2007

Every October, venues across the country host drawing activities for people of all ages and abilities.  The eighth Big Draw has over 1000 venues involved in hosting special activities, with hundreds of events for children and adults.  The events are mainly free and subjects range from landscapes, architecture and portraits to digital and scientific imagery.

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Take a look at some of the events across Scotland listed below, but don't forget to check out the Big Draw website to see what else is happening near you!


Dundee Contemporary Arts hosts a BBC BLAST 'Big Draw ' animation workshop on 11 & 12 October for teenagers.

This free two day animation workshop will teach you how to make your own 2D animated film and bring your drawings to life using animation computer technology, under the expert eye of a professional animator. See Dundee Contemporary Arts website for more.


Edinburgh Printmakers are running events as part of The Big Draw - the events are very popular and some are already sold out. The Animation Workshop for children runs on Saturday 13 October, but booking is essential.  For more information or to book please contact: Michelle Berry or telephone 0131 557 2479

The National Museums Of Scotland - Royal Museum, has exciting drawing activities every Saturday during the month of October for all ages and the Royal Scottish Academy is holding a drop-in event on Saturday 13 October with materials provided, free. There will be activities in two galleries – In ‘Plant Memory’ - plants, flowers and trees will be created and added to a 3-D landscape model. In ‘Highland’ – drawing, collaging and relief rubbing details onto highland hill and harbour landscapes. 

The Scottish Storytelling Centre invites you to the 'Enchanted Forest' on 13 October, where you'll draw and make among the stunning sculpture and furniture of designer, artist and woodsman Tim Stead, in the Centre's light and airy Storytelling Court. Live storytelling and art for all ages with Storyteller Wendy Woolfson. Free, although storytelling sessions cost £2.  On 20 October, children can explore a mile of stories in Julie Lacome's Royal Mile mural and join storyteller Bea Ferguson to hear the tale that links all the strange and wonderful characters. Then help artist and illustrator Julie to create a brand new story-mural, and tell the tale yourself. Suitable for children over 6. There's no admission charge but the event costs £4 per person. 


Glasgow Royal Concert Hall hosts the Young Talent 2007 exhibition, showcasing the creative talents of young people who have participated in Project Ability’s visual art workshops and classes during 2007. There will be an event to celebrate the exhibition on Saturday 13 October. For young people attending there will be an opportunity to turn drawings into badges. There no admission charge but there is a small charge for badge making.

Platform at The Bridge are holding a unique Big Draw event on 20 October, open to anybody aged 8 to 16 who's interested in getting involved in this exciting new approach to drawing. The participants will use light and movement to create images. Event cost - £3.

Highlands & Islands

Shetland Museum and Archives are holding an informal drop-in weekend of fun and challenging ways to draw using fingers, toes, sense of touch and lots of other ways you never thought of! 'Drawing Differently with artist Tim Chamberlan' is free, 13 & 14 October.

In partnership with Inverness Museum, and other Highland Museums, throughout October the Highland Museum of Childhood will display postcard-art on Highland identity produced for The Big Draw at the museum by children from Strathpeffer Primary School. Normal admission charges apply but there's no charge on Open Days (every Saturday in October).  

Scottish Borders 

Visit the Heritage Hub at Scottish Borders Archive & Local History Centre on 21 October where pupils from three local schools will create a huge chalk drawing on the ground outside the Heritage Hub. This will be based on the theme of transport and communication taking inspiration from the archives held in the centre.

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Find out more

Visit the Campaign for Drawing's Big Draw pages for more information.

See also
* The Big Draw
* The Campaign for Drawing
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