About the Big Draw LA

A Regional Celebration of Drawing

Let’s Draw Together!

THE BIG DRAW LA is a regional celebration of the act of drawing. The Big Draw LA creates participatory opportunities for people of all ages to discover that drawing can help us: look more closely, inspire creative thinking, communicate with others, and have fun in the process. Ryman Arts launched the inaugural Big Draw LA in October 2010. By 2011 the events more than doubled with over 10,000 Angelenos drawing during the month-long initiative. Participation is open to all, and organizations of all sizes and kinds, from established institutions to small groups, are invited to sponsor, organize, or host a Big Draw LA event during the month of October.

Drawing is a universal language, connecting generations, cultures, and communities. Children draw to make sense of the world before they learn to write. Yet most adults, when given a pencil, claim, “I can’t draw!” The Big Draw aims to remove this barrier and create opportunities for people of all ages and abilities to discover that drawing can make us SEE, THINK, INVENT, and ACT.

The Big Draw LA is committed to promoting inclusiveness while offering a diversity of drawing experiences. Groups register on-line at www.thebigdrawla.org where they can find information about planning, marketing, and documenting their event. In August, the listing will go public where individuals and organizations can access the calendar for specific event details, locations and dates.

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. The Big Draw (formally The Campaign for Drawing) is an arts education charity that promotes visual literacy and the universal language of drawing as a tool for learning, expression and invention. Event organizers use drawing, painting and a multitude of other mark-making media to connect people with museum and gallery collections, urban and rural spaces—and the wider community—in new and enjoyable ways.

Ryman Arts is a year-round, tuition-free, visual arts program for talented teens. Ryman Arts engages 600 young people annually in its core program. Its mission is to enable promising teens of all backgrounds and circumstances to reach their potential by offering free, high quality art education taught by master teaching artists as well as college and career planning.

thebigdrawla@ryman.org, 213-629-2787