The Big Draw

Dudley College joined in the Big Draw this week the largest drawing festival in the world, with over 400 students taking part to make the event a huge success.

Large drawing materials were laid out, covering the floor of the college's main hall with both students and staff contributing to the massive piece of artwork.

Everyone, regardless of their drawing ability, will be asked to sketch, scribble or draw during the event on Thursday 18 October 2012 organised by the Campaign for Drawing.

The Campaign for Drawing has a simple aim which is to get everybody drawing.   Its annual celebration and showpiece of drawing - the Big Draw - enables drawing to be a public activity as well as a private passion.

The artist Paul Klee once said that drawing means taking a line for a walk, looked at like that, the Big Draw is a stroll on a national scale.

Ben Gamble, centre manager for Art and Design explained: "Everybody has the capability of drawing, but many lack confidence. We're hoping by making this event fun, with no boundaries to constrict how you draw, people will rediscover how much they enjoy drawing. This event will also develop students employability skills such as; problem solving, team work and initiative.

The Campaign for Drawing, which organises the Big Draw nationally, is an independent charity which raises the profile of drawing as a tool for thought, creativity, social and cultural engagement.