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The Big Draw Festival

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The Big Draw Festival

The 2019 Big Draw Festival

  • Saturday 5 October 2019
    PLEASE NOTE: This Date Has Passed
    1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

    The Courtauld Institute of Art, Vernon Square, Penton Rise, King’s Cross
    , WC1X 9EW

Organised by

  • Alixe Bovey - The Courtauld Institute of Art
  • Ketty Gottardo - The Courtauld Institute of Art
  • Leyla Bumbra - The Courtauld Institute of Art

The Courtauld Institute of Art is thrilled to invite you to The Big Draw Festival, #DrawnToLife: Creativity and Wellbeing.

About this Event

This year the Research Forum will encourage people to get back to the drawing board by taking part in the world’s largest celebration of drawing, taking place in 26 countries, with 500,000 participants, and 1000+ events every year!

Join us on for a rare opportunity to see first hand, as well as close up, prints and drawings from The Courtauld’s collection. Hear from experts about the history of these works, see our conservation studio in action as well as getting the chance to try your hand at creating your own drawings inspired directly by the theme #DrawnToLife and works housed by the Courtauld!

All activities are free but ticketed. Materials included. Book now!

#DrawingChangesLives #OpenCourtauld


Open Studios

Pop into the Prints and Drawings study room to see works from the Courtauld’s collection close up. Experts will be on hand throughout to talk you through the processes and history of each work.

Rachel Sloan, 1 pm – 3 pm: Rachel, Assistant Curator:Works on Paper, will be presenting, Pre-Raphaelite poet, illustrator and painter, Dante Gabriel Rossetti’s Elizabeth Siddal seated at an easel, painting, circa 1854-55 and English watercolorist, William Henry Hunt’s Portrait of a Girl, circa 1830 – 1835.

Charlotte Wytema, 1 pm – 3 pm: Charlotte will be presenting Charles Samuel Keene’s A Disappointed Patron and Philip William May’s Artist sketching woman in the street, 1894.

Ketty Gottardo, 3 pm – 5 pm: Ketty, Curator of Drawings, will be presenting, Dutch Golden Age painter, book illustrator, miniaturist and designer of political satires,Adriaen van de Venne’s Lady and gentleman skating on ice, circa 1625 and Guercino’s Two seated women drying their hair in front of the fire, circa 1685.

Saskia Rubin, 3 pm – 5 pm: Saskia, Courtauld PhD Student, will be presenting, painter, critic and member of the Bloomsbury Group, Roger Eliot Fry’s Sir Edward on his Deathbed, 1918.

Visit the conservation studio to see these works in a new light and better understand how they are preserved!

Kate Edmondson, 1 pm – 5 pm: Kate, Conservartor of Works on Paper, will open her conservation studio for the duration of the afternoon and show drawing supports/ materials related to the works shown in our Prints and Drawing rooms. See what we can learn about a drawing by shining light through it, via a process known as ‘Transmitted Light.’

Pop-Up Drawing Workshops

Try your hand at drawing and join practitioners upstairs to create works around the theme #DrawnToLife. These workshops will be a drop-in style that is ‘dip-able’ for all levels of experience and ages.

Experimental Processes with Natasha Trotman, 1 pm – 5 pm: Natasha’s workshop will be looking at experimental Drawing and will explore traditional drawing and experimental mark making using artworks such as George Seurat’s and alternative drawings and artworks drawn from the Courtauld’s collection as inspiration points. Participants will be encouraged to use their senses and imaginations to explore and respond to the stimuli/examples; response can be traditional drawing and more experimental mark making.

The Big Drawing with Adrian Dutton, 1 pm – 5 pm: Join Adrian in making a giant copy of Canaletto’s ‘View from Somerset Gardens’. Using charcoal, chalk, pencils, paint and ink, Adrian will encourage you to play with these materials, not merely working on a reproduction but creating your own interpretation. Participants will be given the opportunity to explore the drawing in more detail, seeing aspects of it you might otherwise miss, learning about materials, having fun and potentially getting a little bit (but not too) messy.

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