Think Big, Draw Big

Where: Rich Mix, Main Space
When: Sunday 22 Oct 17, 11 – 4pm
Topic: Experimental Mark Making
Year group: Families / All ages

Commissioned by:

Part of:

Everyone A Maker: Think Big, Draw Big!

We’re inviting families to join our drawing adventure which encourages play and experimentation, part of 2017’s THE BIG DRAW. Make your own drawing devise and explore the unique marks of your invention.

The activity will focus on experimentation and the inventive use of materials, helping us to re-imagine how we might draw and make marks on paper. We’re interested to see how our bodies can influence the marks we make – Perhaps you want to create a drawing devise which you wear under your sock? Or maybe you’d like to create a tool which attaches to the end of your spectacles? Either way, how would this work if you no longer had the full control of your drawing in the way we do with a conventional drawing tools such as a pen or pencil? How would you feel about leaving the responsibility of your mark making down to chance? Get involved to test the results of your own drawing invention!

What to Expect

A room full of materials; cardboard, willow, carbon paper, tape, elastic, wire, pens, pencils and a giant roll of paper.

The challenge: To explore new, exciting ways of making marks on paper. Create a simple drawing devise to wear or manipulate! Apply your imagination in the making and your bodies in the marking. The resulting marks will be distinctly your own. Interact with others, or work alone. Watch the clash of marks interact with each other created by the community of people taking part. Join the showcase of drawing enthusiasts parading their devises down a catwalk of paper at the end of the day.

Artist: Claire WT. More info here

Image gallery

At the end of the day, our in house photographer came along to capture the calm after the storm Photos: Pau Ros

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“I particularly like the way you engaged with both adults and children, and therefore families to play creatively alongside and with each other.”
Tracy Barbe

Schools & Outreach Officer, RichMix

“It was inspiring and now I want to be an artist.”
Zaheer, Gayhurst School


Families Matter, issue 45 (Jan 2018)

Stats about this project

  • Drawing / mark making 50% 50%
  • Design / Construction 50% 50%

Applied art disciplines

Estimated participants