Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Hobby That Will Draw You Closer

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Hobby That Will Draw You Closer

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IT'S not just children who can put pencil to paper but adults too, which makes it a great hobby for families to take up together. All this month is Big Draw month, hosted by The Campaign for Drawing, an independent charity which raises the profile of drawing as a tool for thought, creativity, social and cultural engagement.

It hopes to create a new regard for the value of drawing to help people see, think, invent and take action. Its long-term ambition is to change the way drawing is perceived by educationalists and the public.

For five weeks, thousands of people of all ages, skills and backgrounds - throughout Britain and abroad - will take part in the world's biggest drawing festival.

In partnership with the UK's first Family Arts Festival it offers countless opportunities for children and adults to join artists working in all media.

Venues as diverse as the National Gallery, Houses of Parliament, Manchester's National Football Museum and Bridgewater Hall, Whipsnade Zoo, Dove Cottage and Jaywick Martello Tower will host events.

This year's Draw Tomorrow theme heralds events which explore new ways to draw and map the future - from sci-fi fantasies and robotic drawing tools to futuristic city planning and fresh ideas for sustainability.

You can join in an event or be creative on your own.

Campaign director Sue Grayson Ford says: "The Big Draw's big idea is recession proof. With just a pencil and paper, paints, clay or recycled materials, anyone can draw, connect- and have fun!" Organise your own Come Draw with Me! event. It is a great way to spend time drawing with friends and family.

Set the date and time, choose your venue and make a guest list.

Send out the invitations - but give your guests plenty of notice.

If you are new to organising group drawing activities, here are a few ideas to start you off. …

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