Over 180 entries into The Big Draw

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Over 180 entries into The Big Draw

Inspired by David Hockney

Founded in 2000, The Big Draw (formally The Campaign for Drawing) is an arts education charity that promotes visual literacy and the universal language of drawing as a tool for learning, expression and invention. The charity leads a diversified programme encompassing advocacy, empowerment and engagement, and is the driving force behind The Big Draw Festival – the world’s biggest celebration of drawing.

Last year, over 600 pupils and staff created their own drawing instruments in order to create experimental and interesting marks. The hanging installation of brushes is now suspended in the school library. This year, the Art department challenged the school community to beat David Hockney’s 82 portraits and one still life. Of course, pupils and staff rose to the challenge and the department received over 180 entries!

Acting Head of Art, Jessica White, said: “It has been great to see such diversity in response and how many pupils were willing to take a risk with their entry. From invisible figures made in acetate to carefully rendered fantasy characters, pupils have worked hard to create their own unique outcome to the brief”.

Pupils have enjoyed guessing who the celebrity sitter may be in some of the portraits and Mr Chitnavis’ Fourth Form photomontage was a hit on the night of the Private View. For the Junior School visitors, the anticipation of seeing their own image on the screen was tense, although this was soon broken with a roar of cheering once their figure appeared.

“Every year it is great to see the school community come together in order to create these ambitious and collaborative outcomes,” said Miss White.

The Art department will be running the video afterschool until 5pm, for the coming week, for any visitors that wish to drop in.