Big Draw for Elmwood Students

Students from Elmwood College's Student Development department took part in a national campaign recently, to inspire more people to take up drawing.

The 'Big Draw' event was part of a UK-wide programme of events organised by the London-based, Campaign for Drawing.

All four walls and the floor of a college classroom were covered in paper. The students then worked together to create unique artwork, using paints, crayons and other media anywhere in the room they felt like. The teams of students took part in the drawing marathon in hourly slots throughout the day.

Other students and staff visited the students working during the event and watched the giant artwork unfold. They were also invited to add to their own piece of art.

Lecturer, Suzi Gasparini, said, "The event has really challenged students and visitors to be imaginative and inventive. They worked really hard and have created some fantastic results.”

The 'Big Draw' campaign is taking place across the UK throughout October, with over 1000 events being hosted by galleries, museums, science centres, heritage and environmental sites, libraries, archives, community and shopping centres, colleges, schools and art clubs.

The goal of the Campaign for Drawing is to inspire people of all ages to give drawing a go, as a means of engaging with the past, the present and the future. It draws inspiration from the Victorian artist and writer, John Ruskin, whose mission was not to teach people how to draw, but rather to show them how to see the world through their own eyes.

You can visit: for more information about the Campaign for Drawing.


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