Saturday, October 11, 2014 - 11:00am
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1450 Ocean - the Camera Obscura Building

Derived from the French, en plein air means 'in open air'. Take inspiration amidst the breezes of Palisades Park, surrounded by lush views of the landscape, ocean, and pier, as well as the bustling street life of Ocean Avenue. In this lightly guided day of drawing outside, Gary Geraths, artist and instructor from Otis College of Art and Design, will be on hand to help you put pencil to paper. Wear sun protection and comfortable clothing. Includes drawing supplies.      

Drawing boards and materials are free but limited. Please help us prepare by RSVP-ing at 310-458-2239 or registering online at

Remember when you used to draw? Reconnect with your inner doodler or current draftsman in this free Big Draw event! October is Big Draw month in twenty countries, and over 200,000 people take part in this immense drawing festival. Thousands of drawing activities connect people of all ages with museums, outdoor spaces, artists - and each other. The Big Draw was started in the UK in 2000 by the Guild of St. George, a non-profit group founded by 19th century artist, critic, and educator John Ruskin. Since its launch in 2000, The Big Draw has highlighted the power of drawing to help people see, think, invent and take action. The Los Angeles edition of The Big Draw has been presented by Ryman Arts since 2010.

Gary Geraths, Associate Professor, Otis College of Art and Design; MFA, Claremont Graduate School; BFA, California State University, Long Beach. Clients include Disney and Mattel; sketch artist for the OJ Simpson criminal trial. Exhibitions in the U.S and abroad.

Thanks to Mittel's Art Center for their donation of class materials!

Other Big Draw Events in Santa Monica: 
October 2: Drawing at Ocean Park Branch Library
October 3: Chalk Art at Pico Branch Library
October 11, 10am-12:30pm: “Colorful Self-Portraits-Saturday KidZone” at Virginia Avenue Park
October 11, 2pm: “Drawn to Happiness” at Santa Monica Main Library: Explore how drawing can be used to promote happiness and well-being through this hands-on workshop with board certified art therapist Erica Curtis.
October 25, 1pm: “Chalking, Drawing & More” at Fairview Branch Library

1450 Ocean - the Camera Obscura Building
1450 Ocean Avenue
Santa Monica
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