PUBLISHED: 14:22 02 October 2012 | UPDATED: 21:59 20 February 2013



Everyone in the Cotswolds is once again invited to the UK's biggest drawing event.


Everyone in the Cotswolds is once again invited to the UKs biggest drawing event.

Thousands of budding artists and seasoned pros will once again pick up their pens, pencils and paintbrushes this weekend as The Big Draw returns for more non-stop creativity. The biggest and most influential global drawing event, The Big Draw is inviting people of all ages, talents and backgrounds to embrace their inner artist and get involved.

The Campaign for Drawing has chosen 2012 in Lines as the theme for 2012, prompting innovative and engaging events at major institutions, including the Arnolfini, The British Museum, Tate Liverpool and the National Galleries of Scotland, to community centres and rural schools. Expect to see doodling, designing, painting and sketching with experts on hand to offer encouragement.

In the words of David Hockney, Campaign for Drawing Patron: Drawing should be part of a visual education, in the same way that doing press-ups is part of an athletes training.

Sue Grayson Ford, Campaign for Drawing Director, says, Big Draw events are designed to break down the I cant draw barrier. Our aim is to show that drawing is a vital tool for learning, thinking, creating and communicating. Best of all - its accessible and at the end of our fingertips.

The annual festival encourages people to discover their creativity together. Big Draw activities explore art, sport, science, design, architecture and the environment, reflecting this years 2012 in Lines theme. The aim is simple to get everyone drawing!

Big Draw Day is Saturday, October 6, marked by events for all ages and the vast majority are FREE! Many more family activities will take place over half term.

Saturday, October 6, 12 noon-4pm

Create A Hive of Activity and doodle a world of black and yellow! Gain inspiration from The Beekeeper and the Bee exhibition by Kate Lynch in the New Brewery Arts gallery. Drop in and enjoy drawing with local artist Laurie Plant! All ages FREE.

New Brewery Arts Brewery Court, Cirencester, GL7 1JH, tel: 01285 657181,

Sunday, October 7, 11am-4pm

Weaving Words

Join basket-maker Susan Early and calligrapher Andy Moore to create a giant willow open book as part of the Big Draw. Organised by Cheltenham Art Gallery & Museum and the Gloucestershire Guild in collaboration with The Times Cheltenham Literature Festival. All ages FREE.

Imperial Gardens Cheltenham, Gloucestershire GL50 3JT, tel: 01242 237431.

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