Sunday, October 03, 2010

3rd October 2010 - Who's made a mark this week?

October is always Big Draw month run by the Campaign for Drawing - however the Big Draw has greatly expanded from the event I first started writing about back The Big Draw in 2006
October 2010 is Big Draw month in twenty countries and on five continents. Launched in 2000, this annual initiative has grown from 180 events in the UK to over 1500 worldwide. The Campaign aims to use drawing to connect visitors with museum and gallery collections, urban and rural spaces – and the wider community – in new and enjoyable ways.
'Make Your Mark on the Future' is the theme for this year's Big Draw.  I'm sitting here with a big smile on my face! :D

Make your Mark on the Future - 2010 Big Draw theme
About the Big Draw

Here's a list of events and links to more information
  • Join an event across the UK - a database provides details of all local events in different areas
  • Drawing Inspiration Awards By documenting your Big Draw event you will become eligible to apply for one of 16 Drawing Inspiration Awards. Take a look at the Drawing in Action website for inspiration.
  • on 22 and 23 October for Make your Mark on the Future: From London Bridge to Tower Bridge.
  • I'm greatly intrigued by Draw and Fold Over - especially the bit where my cursor becomes a big disembodied arm and hand which gets a blue ball point pen to draw with!
  • My old drawing tutor, James Lloyd features in a Guardian article about Artists' self-portraits to raise money for drawing campaign which is part of Big Draw month
  • If you want to think about running an event next year, you might like to consult the website page which provides lots of good advice - see Planning for more about
    • Planning (file size 183 KB) preparation guidance, including funding, publicity and event logistics.
    • Event Coordination (file size 127 KB) guidance on working with volunteers & artists; participants, including targeted groups.
    • Drawing Differently (file size 346 KB) identifies drawing activities, inventive ideas and materials.
    • Evaluation & Documentation  (file size 119 KB) guidance on documentation, feedback & evaluation procedures.
    • Plus the Drawing Inspiration Awards Application pdf or word; Photography Permission Form pdf; Evaluation Form pdf or word
  • Anybody running a drawing event and/or workshops will be interested to know that you can get your hands on discounted drawing materials
The Daler-Rowney Big Draw Starter Pack will be available to buy from 15 September at £150 (worth over £400 at retail).
This year there's more information about the International side of the Big Draw
Several countries are now initiating their own nation-wide or city-wide Big Draw projects. You can take a look at international activity on the Drawing in Action website, including work produced by museum education teams, artists and teachers.
The Big Draw is sponsored by Daler-Rowney and Cass Art.

The Big Drawing People Book Review

What I'd like to try and do this month is run another drawing book review event like The Big Drawing Book Review which I ran in 2008.  This will involve me in making a big effort to review books about drawing people and I'll inviting others to do likewise in relation to their favourite book about drawing people.  More about this tomorrow......... 

Art Blogs and Art Bloggers

Drawing and sketching
  • Liz Steel (Liz and Borrowmini) is coming to her end of her around the world sketching tour of places where she can drink tea - the latest sketches are of Venice and Rome.  If I'm very quick I might just get my sketch of Kew Palace - done sitting next to Liz in Kew Gardens - up on my sketchbook blog before she finishes! ;)
Coloured Pencils and Pastels
I've been featuring art bloggers this week in The Art of the Landscape's Places to Paint Series.  Check out:
Don't forget to let me know if there is a place you love to paint - but do read this first.

Others whose landscapes caught my eye included
Painters and Painting

Art Business and Marketing

Art and the Economy / Art Collectors

Art Competitions and Art Societies

Jerwood Drawing Prize 2010 won by Virginia Verran - I'm hoping to get to see this exhibition at the Jerwood Space.  It's nice to see a prestigious drawing prize given to somebody working in Pens on canvas (but could somebody explain to me how that works?)

Art Exhibitions

An investigation into the life and legacy of Paul Gauguin, the French post-impressionist artist who defied convention in his lifetime and whose work continues to divide opinion.

Art Education / workshops / Tips and techniques

Deborah Secor (Landscape Painting in Pastels) continues her blog book about Landscape Painting Chapter 33- Criticize your work

Art Museums and Galleries

The theme this week is Museums are changing how they do things.....
More museums are paying to send stealth observers through their galleries. Based on what they see, the museums may rearrange art or rewrite the exhibit notes. Their efforts reflect the broader change in the mission of museums: It's no longer enough to hang artfully curated works.
From Picassos to Sarcophagi, Guided by Phone Apps highlights how going to a museum is being transformed by the use of apps (downloaded from iTunes and elsewhere) which guide you round the work in a museum

Art History

Martin Bailey (The Art Newspaper) queries whether Vermeer's Girl with a Pearl Earring should be travelling to Japan.  In A trip too far for Vermeer? he highlights how Girl with a Pearl Earring heads to Japan despite previous problems at Kobe museum.  A Vermeer painting previously exhibited in the same gallery was discovered to have flaking paint on its return.


James Gurney (Gurney Journey) is still writing about colour and light - prior to the publication of his new book


Opinion Poll

On Saturday I posted

Websites, webware, blogs and tweets

and finally........

Next week I'll be waking up on Sunday morning in a rather nice Welsh Castle dating back to 1277 after the wedding of my (almost) neice.  Which means there won't be a Who's made a mark next week.

On the other hand you might find some interesting sketches popping up instead at a later date!

What I'm going to do next is start watching the first episode of The Genius of British Art Power and Personality with David Starkey exploring how royal portraits have influenced Britons' ideas of power and personality. It's on Channel 4 from 7:00pm to 8:00pm. 

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