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Put pen to paper in Lake Mac with the Big Draw Festival

If you’re keen to brush up on your drawing skills then Lake Macquarie is the place to be next month.

That’s because a raft of FREE drawing workshops will be running in the city as part of the Big Draw Festival 2020.

The international festival is a global celebration of drawing and this year’s theme is “A Climate Of Change.”

The series of free workshops, which will run at the Museum of Art and Culture (MAC) and Warners Bay Foreshore, aim to focus on a greener, brighter future after an uncertain year of climate change, bushfires, protests and pandemics.

Here’s a rundown on what you can expect over the three days.

Friday 2 October

Better Together – Warners Bay Foreshore
Aboriginal Artist Saretta Fielding will lead a large-scale community drawing of Lake Macquarie.

Four 45 minute timeslots are available. Book the 10am, 11am, 12pm or 1pm session to draw and discover how we can create a more connected community, with First Nations wisdom at the centre. Suitable for children 7 years and older and adults. Limited to 16 participants per session. Bookings essential.

Saturday 3 October

Green Thumbs, Creative Fingers – MAC Garden
This two-part, two-hour workshop will have you thinking about where your food comes from. During the workshop, you will plant a vegetable in the MAC garden, then study and draw it up close.

The first session starts at 10am. Suitable for children 7 years and older and adults. Limited to 16 participants per session. Bookings essential.

Drawing From Life – MAC Studio
Join artist Susan Vesely for this fun, intensive two- hour life drawing workshop. The workshop will look at fundamental techniques while drawing an inspirational Eco-Warrior. 

Two sessions are available at 10:30am and another at 1:30pm. Suitable for adults and young adults 14 years and older. Limited to eight participants per session. Bookings essential.

Sunday 4 October

Better Together – MAC Terrace
A great opportunity for kids aged three years and over to contribute to the large-scale community drawing of Lake Macquarie with Aboriginal artist Saretta Fielding.

Sessions will be held on the terrace of the Museum of Art and Culture at 10:30am, 11:30am or 12:30pm. Limited to 16 participants per session. Bookings essential.

Soft Pastel Drawing – MAC Sculpture Park
Learn to draw bees from life using soft pastels with artist Helene Ruma in this one-hour workshop. You will have the opportunity to observe bees working in an observation hive while learning how to use soft pastels. Two sessions are available from 10:30am and 12:30pm. Suitable for children aged 10 years and older. Limited to 8 participants per session. Bookings essential.

Composite Drawing – MAC Studio
In this two-hour art making workshop, artist Melody Jones will teach you how to draw freely without size restrictions. Participants will learn how to create a large drawing over multiple sheets of paper. Two sessions are available from 10:30am and 1:30pm. Suitable for adults and young adults aged 14 years and older. Limited to 8 participants per session. Bookings essential. 

The Big Draw Festival is on from Friday 2 October to Sunday 4 October. Head here for more information and to book.

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