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A community collaboration

The Big Draw private view

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 The Big Draw Festival – the world’s biggest celebration of drawing.

Last year, we challenged the school community to beat David Hockney’s ‘82 Portraits and one Still Life’ by producing a series of seated figures that were then collated together to produce a stop motion animation. We were delighted with the range of responses and are pleased to note that we certainly beat the 82 portraits with over 180 entries.

The theme for this year’s Big Draw event was ‘Play’. The Art department interpreted this by setting up a series of games that participants would need to engage with in order to decipher their colour, shape and time to produce their mark. This has resulted in a series of large scale, expressive and colourful panels that are full of gestural shapes and lines. The gallery space is now completely immersed with marks inspired by artists such as Henri Matisse, Sonia Delaunay, Terry Frost, Jackson Pollock and Wassily Kandinsky.

Teacher of Art, Jess Rafferty-White, said: “It has been great to see such engagement in the pupils' responses to the theme and especially how many people were willing to take a risk in order to make their mark. The collaborative piece is a colourful display of the magic that can happen when we allow ourselves to ‘play’ and be creative.”

Once again, the turn out for the event was excellent, with over 400 pupils participating this year.

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