The Big Draw Festival: Milton Keynes Gallery offers a month-long programme of creativity

Bring your drawings to life this October as MK Gallery celebrates The Big Draw Festival with a month-long programme of creative activities for families.

The Big Draw Festival is the world’s biggest drawing festival, and through weekly sessions at the gallery, families are invited to explore and respond to this year’s theme - Living Lines: An Animated Big Draw Festival – in fun and inventive ways.

Activities include: Start the Art (every Tuesday and Wednesday, 11am-12pm) which provides messy and creative activities for under 5s to move around and explore.

This month, use movement and line to make drawings. Saturday Studio, every Saturday, 1-3pm Artist-led sessions for children aged 5+ and their families.

From capturing stop motion techniques to praxinoscopes and flip books, join MK Gallery to get your marks moving.

Half Term Activity: Playtime, Friday 27 October, 12-3pm Experiment with drawing as MK Gallery’s Project Space is transformed into a laboratory for play and exploration with curious objects and materials.

This session is aimed at children aged 5+ and their families.

Speaking about this month’s celebration of drawing, Tara Page, MK Gallery Learning Manager said “each year we look forward to finding out what the Big Draw holds in store for us.

"This year is no exception and we’re excited about the innovative and intriguing activities our Associate Artists Page 2/2 have planned for children and families at MK Gallery. My favourite quote about drawing is by artist Paul Klee;

‘Drawing is taking a line for a walk.’ I love how the simple act of creating a line could take you anywhere!” says Jane Glynn, MK Gallery associate artist.

“I love drawing because everybody can do it. It’s the perfect fusion of physical action, personal thought and concentration. Every drawing is a new beginning.

"I like the way people develop their own unique drawing language. For me drawing is a way of thinking and capturing ideas that can't be put in to words.”

Each session costs £1 per person on the door.

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