The Campaign for Drawing’s aim is simple: to get everyone drawing. Its annual showpiece, The Big Draw, proves that drawing can be a public activity as well as a private passion. In October, 1000 venues throughout Britain, from large national institutions to village halls, join in to offer more than 350,000 people of all ages the chance to discover that drawing is enjoyable, liberating and at everyone's fingertips.
The Campaign takes its inspiration from the visionary Victorian artist and writer, John Ruskin. His mission was not to teach people to draw, but how to see. Each Big Draw season reveals how drawing opens our eyes to our environment and heritage, encouraging us to think, invent and communicate.
We attended the first American Big Draw at the National Building Museum in Washington DC, where David Macaulay (of The Way Things Work) kicked things off on this side of the pond. It was really a great event, and worth trying to find one (or sponsor one) in your area. They handed out sketch pads and pencils at the door, There were workshops, demonstrations and sidewalk artists. We even had the opportunity to get right down and draw on the same canvas as Macaulay was. And it was all free!