This in from the National Gallery:
The Big Draw 2012 will be held at the National Gallery of Australia on Sunday 28 October from 11am until 2pm. Big Draw is an annual event dedicated to exploring drawing in its many manifestations. Now firmly established on the Canberra calendar Big Draw provides a wonderful opportunity for the Gallery to reach out into the community and showcase the creative talent in our city and region. This one day event is free and open to visitors of all ages and abilities.
Big Draw is about the sensory experience of engaging with art and the world around you. Visitors will be able to immerse themselves in an atmosphere of creativity, with a range of drawing activities located throughout the Gallery. Big Draw encourages different ways of seeing as visitors explore drawing as a tool for thinking, experimentation and problem solving.
During the event, artists and educators will facilitate drawing in response to works of art. Professional and budding artists alike will have the opportunity to draw from live models and respond to famous works such as Jackson Pollock’s Blue Poles and the Indigenous art collection. For the first time the Gallery will be exploring drawing and new technologies with an activity that uses ipads and drawing apps. Outdoor drawing activities will also introduce visitors to the work of Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec in association with the forthcoming summer blockbuster exhibition Toulouse-Lautrec: Paris & the Moulin Rouge.
In 2012, Big Draw also presents an opportunity for tertiary students across the Canberra region to showcase their abilities. Tertiary groups involved this year include Architecture and Design students from the University of Canberra and Art History students from the Australian National University School of Art.
A fantastic fun day out for all those keen on learning how to draw, love watching others draw or just want to immerse themselves in the creative spirit. No expertise or experience is required.
The event is held in partnership with the National Australia Bank, Eckersleys and Drawing Australia.