Yesterday I had the absolute pleasure to go as visiting artist to a lovely primary school as part of The Big Draw.

Claire Leggett The Big Draw school workshop 2015_6

The Big Draw is the world’s biggest drawing festival with thousands of drawing activities which connect people of all ages with museums, outdoor spaces, artists, designers, illustrators – and each other.

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This international celebration of drawing has grown from one day in October 2000 in the UK to an annual month-long festival of drawing across the world.

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This year the theme was Every Drawing Tells A Story and I designed a workshop for children where we looked at drawing our hands.

Claire Leggett The Big Draw

These were a class of year three’s (that’s about age 7) and we began the day with some fun warm-up activities like a timed continuous line drawing and then a charcoal rub which they then drew through with an eraser.

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Oh what fun and happy mess that was! I had forgotten how kids can really maximise a messy activity – luckily it was before break-time and I could restore order to the classroom. All I can say to the mums and dads is sorry about your child’s school uniform  😳 and I used to be a teacher! Shame on me – ha ha!

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They learnt lots of new skills so they could draw a hand in proportion better.

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And they also leant about tone and how to achieve that.

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Then with all those skills under their belt we thought a bit about how hand gestures can communicate our feelings and they drew one.

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All in all it was a fun-filled day and I came home with the sweetest evaluations forms from the children; all written in child speak and spelt phonetically saying how they’d enjoyed themselves and want to become artists. Thank you Big Draw it was a day we all enjoyed 🙂