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?
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:
- October 11 – 20 – become an inventor drawing challenge at John Muir’s Birthplace, Dunbar, East Lothian. Suitable for children and young adults;
- October 12 – orchard-inspired chalk drawings at the Apple Orchard at Priorwood Garden by Melrose Abbey, Melrose, Scottish Borders. Suitable for all ages with materials provided;
- October 15 – drawing mini beasts, pine cones, prickles and other natural objects to make big pictures at Fyvie Castle, Fyvie, Aberdeenshire. Suitable for families and groups of older children;
- October 16 – drawing Culzean over the ages to help the National Trust for Scotland create a new illustrated ‘guide book’ of Culzean’s stories at Culzean Country Park in Maybole, Ayrshire. Suitable for all ages;
- October 14 – 18 – designing ships and landscapes of the future at the Tall Ship at the Riverside Museum, Glasgow. Suitable for children and young adults.
And who knows, if my watercolours are good enough, you might even see them posted on here. Happy drawing!