We’re so grateful to Tall Tale Productions for capturing the spirit of Big Draw Day. Hundreds of drawers crowded around tables at the Chicago Cultural Center on October 6, eventually sprawling on the carpet and up the staircase. People of all ages drawing, thinking, and sharing…just what we had dreamed of but never quite believed would happen. It was a magical day.
We’re putting some finishing touches on other documentation from this year’s festival and will be posting news soon about The Big Draw Chicago 2013. Stay tuned!
Our Last Weekend, Last Weekend
Last weekend we wrapped up a full month of programming and brought The Big Draw Chicago 2012 to a close.
On Saturday, we watched an early morning bridge lift at the McCormick Bridgehouse and Chicago River Museum. After the bridge lift, we collaborate on an exquisite corpse drawing in the gear room, drew with chalk by the riverwalk, and drew the indigenous plants and animals we observed by looking through windows at various levels of the Museum.
While some of us were at the Bridgehouse Museum, others were at the Robie House practicing Hokusai drawing. We sat in the Billiards Room and traced drawings, focusing on geometric shapes. We colored in our drawings and shared them with friends and strangers.
In the afternoon, we headed to Mischief Night at the Hyde Park Art Center. There were participatory art activities in every corner of the Center; Big Draw Chicago was happy to be there with exquisite corpse drawing activities in the elevator and in stairwells, as well as a mask-making exercise in one of the studios.
On Sunday, we headed to Berger Park to draw maps with local cartographer Dennis McClendon. He walked us through three exercises, all focused on exploring what to include or exclude when trying to represent a physical area.
The weekend was a good representation of the month’s programming: large-scale, participatory activity alongside intimate and thoughtful activity, time spent in cultural institutions and public spaces, strangers and friends drawing, thinking, and sharing. The month was amazing—thanks to all of our partners organizations, participants, and general support from the community.
We’re going to catch our breath and will be in touch soon with some updates. Stay tuned!
The Museum of Science and Industry had some special visitors last Thursday…and it wasn’t just Big Draw Chicago! The Museum opened its newest exhibit Charlie Brown and the Great Exhibit, celebrating the life and genius of Peanuts creator Charles Schulz.
We were lucky enough to be around to help celebrate the opening with three fabulous Chicago artists, David Csicsko, Molly Z, and George Berlin. We had a lot of fun drawing while eating Charlie Brown cookies and drinking lemonade. The picture above is David’s lovely interpretation of the day with everyone under the dome in the Great Hall.
If you love the Peanuts gang as much as we do, make sure you check out the exhibit which runs through February 2013!
In three different Chicago Public Library locations, we met up with CPL facilitators and teens to discuss this year’s One Book, One Chicago pick, The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. The unique narrator (Death himself) and the twists and turns of the story gave us lots to talk and draw about! Here, Jenny explains how to choose a moment for creating visual imagery to accompany a text.
We had a great time drawing at Nettelhorst Elementary in Lincoln Park last week! Everyone at the school, and we mean everyone, got to reflect on their favorite Nettelhorst memories. One interesting anthropological observation from the day: drawing is contagious. Once one kid seized on a great idea, it spread to the whole group! We had one round of classrooms with a definite sea creature/Shedd Aquarium theme (by no doing of our own) and one classroom with Halloween imagery galore. Just food for thought. Anyhow, after everyone contributed their piece, the fabulous artwork was put up in the equally fabulous hallway for all to enjoy!
Mapmaker, mapmaker, make me a map!
If you’ve ever ridden the El or taken the bus anywhere in Chicago, chances are you found yourself looking at some pretty snazzy maps as you tried to figure out how to get from point A to point B. If you’ve ever wondered how these maps are made or how to make one for yourself, you’re in luck! Dennis McClendon, who designed the CTA maps, will be at the Berger Park Fieldhouse THIS Sunday from 2:00-3:30pm to teach you how to draw a map of your own neighborhood, complete with icons for your favorite hangouts. Come learn about what it takes to be a cartographer and think about drawing in a new way!
Bring on the Mischief!
Join us at Mischief Night at the Hyde Park Art Center for some spooky drawing adventures.
From 2:00-5:00pm, we have “Mischief Mask Making” where participants can join in on a collaborative mask-making activity. After meditating on your favorite Halloween memories, themes, and foods, each person will create their own contribution which represents the visceral emotional reactions on All Hallows’ Eve. Each person will add their contribution, culminating in one super spooky mask.
In addition, a game of Exquisite Corpse will be happening throughout the galleries all night long. Visitors will create and alter their own monsters and spooky creatures by adding to and peeling away the drawings before theirs, resulting in a revolving display of freakish beasts and Halloween ghouls.
Mischief night will be filled with fun, so make sure you check out the Big Draw Chicago activities as well as the other exciting things happening that evening here.
Bring your spooky self and we’ll see you there!
Join Big Draw Chicago and the Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust at the beautiful Robie House in Hyde Park this Saturday for some very special drawing lesson. The famous architect was an avid collector of Japanese woodblock prints, and so on Saturday, we will be exploring the “Hokusai” method of drawing developed by 19th century Japanese printmaker, Katsushika Hokusai. Participants will have the chance, like many of Wright’s apprentices, to explore simple design principles using tracing paper and a Japanese woodblock print. After breaking the image down into simple, geometric shapes, visitors will add their own creative touches for a unique creation all their own.
We’ll be at the Robie House, at 5757 South Woodlawn Ave. from 10:00am-12:00pm. Tickets ($5) can be purchased here: http://tinyurl.com/hokusai-drawing. (UPDATE: TICKETS ARE NOW SOLD OUT.)
Come be inspired by not just one, but two, creative masters this weekend!