St Albans receives national award for Big Draw events
St Albans Arts, Sport and Health (SAASH) has been presented with a National Award by the 'Campaign for Drawing' for its Big Draw events delivered on behalf of St Albans City and District Council.
Nick Bullions from the National Campaign for Drawing said it was great to see a local authority staging such a fantastic Big Draw event.
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Big Draw 2012 in St Albans
Last October once again SAASH ARTS in partnership with many other St Albans organisations organised a series of visual art workshops across the District as part of the national Big Draw campaign, most of which are FREE, drop-in and open to ALL AGES (unless otherwise stated below). Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.
All the organisations who were involved in organising Big Draw activities in St Albans and District came together to bring a one stop guide to what’ was going on and where.
The Big Draw theme was 2012 in Lines. Take part in fun activities where you may have a chance to map familiar and unfamiliar journeys, or describe your area of St Albans visually. You may take lines on a journey to make abstract designs and patterns. You may take part in telling the story of 2012 – a special year for the UK! Some of the work created will be put on display in the District.
Friday 5 October
5pm - 8pm, Museum of St Albans, 9a Hatfield Road, St Albans AL1 3RR
Join us for the launch of an exciting new project. We will be retelling the story of Magna Carta using the Japanese art style “Manga”. We will have experienced manga artists on hand to give you tips on how to draw in this style as well as historians to provide more information about the story of Magna Carta. Your art will form part of a special comic book being published in 2013. All ages welcome, no drawing experience necessary! Free drop in event
Saturday 6 October
1pm - 5pm, Museum of St Albans, 9a Hatfield Road, St Albans AL1 3RR
Meet a Tudor wise woman and find out about the interesting cures she makes using food and herbs. Children can make a plague posie and a fantastic Tudor roundel to take away with them. Cost for craft activities will be £1.
Sunday 7 October 1pm - 5pm, Trestle Arts Base, Russet Drive, Saint Albans, AL4 0JQ
Get your pencils at the ready to join in with Trestle’s FREE Big Draw event!
Activities will be running all afternoon with workshops at 1.15pm- 2pm and 3.45pm- 4.30pm. Be inspired by Trestle’s history, theatrical surroundings, and iconic masks as you let your imagination run as free as the stroke of a brush. Artist Elaine Johnson will help participants of all ages to draw; you may find yourself taking part in audience-led continual line drawing or discover fun new ways of drawing in spaces and places. All ages welcome.
Thursday 11 October
6pm - 8pm, Museum of St Albans, 9a Hatfield Road, AL1 3RR
My Giant Colouring Book. Who said drawing is for kids? Join us for UH Galleries first Big Draw event exclusively for adults. Inspired by the artwork of Jake and Dinos Chapman, which will be exhibited at the Museum of St Albans from Saturday 15 September – Saturday 28 October, we invite you to transform a traditional colouring book page into something entirely different. You could change what was once a sweet picture into something far more exciting, disturbing or perhaps even more sweet. This session is for over 18s only.
Saturday 13 October
1pm – 3.30pm, Hilldyke Community Centre, 17 Hilldyke Road, Wheathampstead, AL4 8TF
Design a ‘pants and vest’ set inspired by the book ‘The Queen’s Knickers’ and hang it on our 2012 washing line!! This will be a fun, lighthearted activity suitable for all ages.
Saturday 20 October
11 am & 1 pm, The Weston Auditorium, De Havilland Campus, University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield, AL10 9EU
Take a Line for a Walk in a character-filled day of drawing and other activities.
11am - Join Tony Ross, renowned illustrator in The Weston Auditorium where he will delight you with how he took a line for a walk to create many characters including; Little Princess, Horrid Henry and, more recently, Billionaire Boy and Gangsta Granny. Big Draw activities after the event will be led by UHArts team and are included in the ticket price. This session is suitable for 5yrs +. The duration of the session is 105mins (including presentation & workshops).
1 pm - Join The Etherington Brothers, creators of Monkey Nuts, Baggage and more as they present an action-packed, comic-caper filled hour. Ticket price includes free admission to Big Draw activities after the event led by UHArts team. Suitable for ages 9yrs +. The duration of this event is 120mins (including presentation & workshops)
Costs: £5 child / £2 adult one session only or £7 child / £4 adult both sessions. To Book, call UHArts box office 01727 281127 email firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday 20 October
1pm – 2.15pm & 2.30pm – 3.45pm, Verulamium Museum, St Michaels Street, St Albans, AL3 4SW
Make your own piece of art to take home with you, using willow and other materials inspired by the Museum collection and 2012.
Please book in advance by contacting Melissa on 01727 827667 or emailing Melissa.email@example.com
Thursday 25 October
Harpenden Library, Vaughan Road, Harpenden, AL5 4EN
1.30 - 3pm - session for adults
3.30 - 5pm - session for families
Contribute to a local Mural Project! Join us to make permanent marks into clay tiles mapping out what Harpenden means to you. Use your body to press into tiles to make impressions, add to these with clay tools to form personalised maps. Draw inspiration from maps in the library collection.
Please book in advance by contacting Melissa on 01727 827667 or Melissa.firstname.lastname@example.org
BIG DRAW DAY IN ST ALBANS - Saturday 27th October
10.30 am – 3.30 pm
Get into the City Centre early to follow the exciting trail of Big Draw activities! SAASH Arts will be delivering sessions at the Town Hall, under a gazebo in Civic Square, and elsewhere in the City Centre. Also, get creative and be inspired by the fascinating wildlife and history of Verulamium Park!
Interactive Architecture Workshops
Join Helene to recreate the map of St Albans using building blocks - outside the Alban Arena, Civic Square
Pop Up Drawing Lab
Join Maggie & Toni at a gazebo on Civic Square, and add to this collaborative piece of mapping work about St Albans without taking your pencil off the paper!
Stories in Clay
Make your impressions on a tile to take away with you, using lines of the body and of our histories, in the upstairs room at the Old Town Hall. Sessions at 11.30am – 1pm & 1.30pm – 3pm. Please book in advance by contacting Melissa on 01727 827667 or Melissa.email@example.com
Wild at Art
Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust are inviting Big Draw event goers to take inspiration from the wildlife garden at Grebe House in Verulamium Park. Visitors will be able to add their drawings to a wildlife ‘mural’ in the garden throughout the day, to create a unique piece of artwork. Wildlife Trust Garden, next to Grebe House in Verulamium Park
Join the RPSB for a creative approach to nature conservation! Help us to build a luxury hotel for creepy crawlies out of natural materials, and to design and paint your own wooden decorations.
Outside the Inn on the Park.
Bringing Lines to Life
Lines can be anything; they can be words, images, routes, contours , symbols in a song or the pencil lines in a drawing. Everywhere you look you see a line. Join students of Marlborough School in a workshop to make outlines and figures with lines. Back room at Inn on the Park
Join Luca Parrella, bushcraft expert from the Celtic Harmony Camp to use traditional skills and natural materials to create your own kazoo! Outside the Inn on the Park.
Tracing the lines of our past
Join the Countryside Management Service for a guided walk of Verulamium Park that will look at the influence of lines in the landscape, both natural and man-made, and how they have influenced over 2000 years of history. Walk will leave from the CMS marquee, outside the Inn on the Park.
The Large 2012 Labyrinth
Pop over to help create a labyrinth made of willow, wool and string which will be weaved in a series of lines over the day to make the numbers 2012…crawl inside and interact with this one day installation, which will be happening in Verulamium park by the group of trees close to the Splash Park.
Take part in various Big Draw activities in the lounge area of London Colney Community Centre between 10am and 2.30pm. Contribute to an informal map style series of illustrations of your local area and St Albans. Make marks detailing personal experiences, historical fact and folklore based around both major and insignificant landmarks, streets, houses, parks, events and personal happenings during 2012. London Colney Community Centre, Caledon Road, London Colney, AL2 1PU
Monday 29 October
2pm – 4pm, Scout Hut, Oysterfields, DownEdge Lane, AL3 5TJ
Contribute to an informal map style series of illustrations of St Albans. Make marks detailing personal experiences, historical fact and folklore based around both major and insignificant landmarks, streets, houses, parks, events and personal happenings during 2012. This session is delivered in partnership with Aldwyck Housing & St Albans Childrens Centre.
Tuesday 30 October
2.30pm - 5pm, Redbourn Library, Lamb Lane, Redbourn, AL3 7BP
Contribute to an informal map style series of illustrations of St Albans. Make marks detailing personal experiences, historical fact and folklore based around both major and insignificant landmarks, streets, houses, parks, events more during 2012. Draw inspiration from maps in the library collection.
Wednesday 31 October
11am - 12:30pm & 1pm - 3pm, Butterfly World, Miriam Lane, Off Noke Lane, St. Albans, AL2 3NY
Call 01727 869 203 check www.butterflyworldproject.com for more details of this event.
Thursday 1 November
10am – 12pm, Marshalswick Community Centre, The Ridgeway, AL4 9TU
Fun, lighthearted activity suitable for all ages - Design a ‘pants and vest’ set inspired by the book ‘The Queen’s Knickers’ and hang it on our 2012 washing line!! Story telling by the Library Service included.
10.30am - 3pm, St Albans Cathedral, Sumpter Yard, St Albans, AL1 1BY
Taking a Line for a Walk at St Albans Cathedral - Budding artists, young and old, are invited to explore the Cathedral and create their very own masterpieces inspired by the theme of this year’s Big Draw – Taking a Line for a Walk. Teams of helpers will be on hand with suggestions, photographs, artefacts and materials to develop the theme. This is a drop in event. The event is FREE for all the family. For more info, visit www.stalbanscathedral.org or call 01727 860780.
Please note: Trestle's Big Draw Event on Sunday 7th October
Date of last review: 20 September 2012