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Take part in the world's largest drawing festival on 24 October 2015

Free Big Draw event inspired by The Nutcracker to take place at High House Production Park in Thurrock.

By Hayley Bartley (Former Content Producer (Learning))

7 October 2015 at 4.54pm | 2 Comments

Paper and pencils at the ready for The Big Draw event at High House Production Park in Thurrock on Saturday 24 October from 12 noon until 4pm!

This event is part of an international drawing festival, which will see thousands of activities taking place around the world throughout October.

Author Philip Pullman and Children’s Laureate Chris Riddell opened the festival at the Bodleian Libraries in Oxford last month.

Pullman's acclaimed children’s story The Firework-Maker's Daughter has been adapted into a family opera, with performances taking place in the ROH's Linbury Studio Theatre this Christmas.

‘I’m really looking forward to The Big Draw because drawing is such a pleasure that I want everyone to share it’, said Pullman. ‘The feeling of a sharp pencil moving over a piece of good paper is a delight to the hand as well as to the eye. By far the best way to see things clearly is to draw them, and looking and drawing are a key to understanding the world in quite different ways from listening and reading. Literacy is vital, of course, but it would be wonderful to give everyone — adult as well as child — a chance to master picturacy as well.’

This year's festival theme is 'Every drawing tells a story' and the event at High House Production Park will take the ballet The Nutcracker as its focus.

Newcomers to drawing and experts alike can learn from skilled and experienced artists and there will be plenty of activities to get involved with including designing costumes with the Royal Opera House and still-life drawing of instruments with Thurrock Music Services.

Find out more about The Big Draw event at High House Production Park

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This article has 2 comments

  1. Sandra responded on 12 October 2015 at 10:00pm Reply

    What time is the Big Draw open at High House Production Park?

    • Hayley Bartley (Former Content Producer (Learning)) responded on 15 October 2015 at 12:29pm

      Hi Sandra,

      The event is from 12 noon until 4pm.


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