Capture Scotland on paper during The Big Draw

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Urquhart Castle is one of sites where you can get in on some Big Draw action this October

Urquhart Castle on the banks of Loch Ness is one of sites where you can get in on some Big Draw action this October

With the October holidays just around the corner, you might be thinking about how you’re going to fill two weeks with the kids. Or perhaps you’ve been inspired by the vivid colours of season and are looking for an artistic outlet to channel a bit of creativity?

The view from a cannon at Stirling Castle, looking across to the Wallace Monument and Ochil Hills beyond

You’ll find all kinds of perspectives to draw from at Stirling Castle during The Big Draw

I myself have been moved by some of the breathtaking autumn scenes I have come across when I’ve been out and about, and so was thrilled to hear about The Big Draw events taking place across Scotland. It’s part of an international project which takes place in 15 countries between October 1 and November 3, with 200,000 people expected to take part.

The idea is simple: hold events that focus on drawing activities designed to connect people, both children and adults, with the world around them. There are a number of sites and attractions holding Big Draws across Scotland; from museums to outdoors spaces. Perhaps it’s time to revisit an old favourite haunt and rediscover it all over again with pencil and paper, or why not experience somewhere you’ve always wanted to visit through the eyes of an artist?

With my sketchbook and watercolour pencils in hand, I’ll be heading to Stirling Castle next week to try to capture some of this historic building and the views across Stirling and beyond. As part of the castle’s packed programme of events running over the school holidays, Historic Scotland are inviting folk to take part in The Big Draw on site. From Monday 14 – Sunday 20 October, visitors will be equipped with Big Draw packs, encouraging them to have a go at portraying one of Scotland’s most famous castles on canvas.

As well as the week of drawing opportunities at Stirling Castle, there are lots of events taking place in over 50 locations across Scotland. Here are some to look out for:

Check through The Big Draw events listings or discover more activities at Historic Scotland sites to see if there is a chance to get to a sketching event near you.

And who knows, if my watercolours are good enough, you might even see them posted on here. Happy drawing!

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Amy Robertson

Amy is media executive at VisitScotland. Hailing from the west coast of Scotland, she's rather fond of music festivals, coastal walks, whisky and coal fires.

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