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Past 2018 Events

Are you ready to do some drawing? No matter what your background, age, or experience is, there’s a Big Draw LA event for you all over Southern California during October. All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise indicated.

Wednesday, October 3rd

  • Sticky Art! Sticky Note Pad Drawing

    For Young Adults3:30pm
    At Glendale Central Library, Makerspace
    Participants will learn to use sticky notes to make art. There will be a short presentation. Materials will be provided. Workshop is limited to teens 12-18. More info
  • Painting With Pizzazz

    For Adults6:30pm
    At Kline Academy of Fine Arts in Culver City
    Let us inspire your next painting! 3-hour long pose (nude) at Kline Academy of FIne Arts in Culver City. 6:30-9:30pm. Only $20. More info

Friday, October 5th

  • Paint a Landscape

    For Young Adults4:00pm
    At Casa Verdugo Branch Library in Glendale
    The Paint a Landscape program is an opportunity for Tweens between the ages of 8-12 to paint a landscape of his/her own. A library staff member will be available during the program to offer any painting tips. Books on art will also be made available to participants. More info

Saturday, October 6th

  • Chalk the Walk

    For All Ages12:00pm
    At Library Connection @ Adams Square in Glendale
    Families will draw on the the outside walkways of the Library Connection @ Adams Square with sidewalk chalk. All ages. Chalk will be provided. More info
  • Dia de los Muertos Community Art Workshops

    For Families12:00pm
    At Self Help Graphics & Art in East L.A.
    Join the SHG Family for our yearly Día de los Muertos Community Art Workshops. More info

Sunday, October 7th

  • Coast 2019 - Music to Draw To with Lisa Diane Wedgeworth & Desert Magic

    For All Ages11:00am
    At Camera Obscura Art Lab in Santa Monica
    Stop by the Camera Obscura Art Lab throughout COAST (Santa Monica's signature open streets event) to doodle, sketch, and draw with musical inspiration. MUSIC TO DRAW TO features our current artist-in-residence Lisa Diane Wedgeworth and the celestially-inspired band Desert Magic. Free; all materials provided. The Camera mechanism will also be open for visitation. More info
  • Make Your Mark in the Park

    For All Ages11:00am
    At Grand Park in Downtown L.A.
    A free festival of drawing open to all in Grand Park More info
  • Coast 2019 - Plein Air Drawing with Deborah McDonald of Otis College

    For Adults11:30am
    At Camera Obscura Art Lab in Santa Monica
    Stop by the historic Camera Obscura north lawn during COAST, Santa Monica's signature open streets event, for a lightly-guided plein air drawing session with Otis College of Art & Design instructor Deborah McDonald. Presented in conjunction with Otis College Extension. Free! All materials provided, open to all ages and experience levels. Sun protection advised. More info
  • Drawing from the Masters, Getty Center

    Drawing from the Masters: Focus on Fashion

    For All Ages3:30pm
    At Getty Center
    Drawing from the Masters: Focus on Fashion Discover how to draw dynamic drapery, rich fabrics and convincing textures while exploring 18th-century fashion with artist Marissa Magdelena. More info

Monday, October 8th

  • The Big Draw: Clothes Line Drawings!

    For All Ages3:00pm
    At Glendale Central Library
    Participants will use large pieces of paper to draw themselves or any imaginary thing which will be hung up for display in the Central Library Children’s Room on a clothesline. More info

Tuesday, October 9th

Wednesday, October 10th

  • Mirror Selfie

    For All Ages3:00pm
    At Brand Library & Art Center in Glendale
    Express yourself drawing your own artistic self-portrait using a mirror and simple printmaking techniques. More info
  • LACMA Art Class

    For All Ages4:00pm
    At Vermont Square Branch, near Exposition Park
    Take part in Big Draw LA with an art class for the whole family! Sponsored by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. More info
  • Anime Your Way

    For Young Adults4:30pm
    At South Pasadena Public Library Community Room
    Teens will learn how to draw comics in the manga style during this one hour hands-on workshop with professional Anime Your Way artist Brian Lopez. More info

Friday, October 12th

  • Yarn Drawing

    For All Ages1:30pm
    At Library Connection @ Adams Square in Glendale
    Use yarn as your medium and imagination as your tool. Participants will be using different colors and lengths of yarn to draw on a piece of cardstock. We will use glue to affix our yarn creations to the cardstock. All ages. More info
  • Pasadena Figure Drawing Night

    For Adults7:00pm
    At Gallery 30 south
    Get inspired by models and draw inside of an art gallery. More info

Saturday, October 13th

  • ABC’s of Art with léo Limón

    For Young Adults11:00am
    At East Los Angeles Library
    In this special drawing workshop, renowned artist léo Limón will discuss the Elements of Design, Perspective, and Light Source. He will emphasize “Observation, Memory, Imagination - Think then Draw.” More info
  • San Gabriel Valley Pride

    For All Ages11:00am
    At Central Park in Pasadena
    17th annual LGBTQ Pride celebration in Pasadena's Central Park free to the public More info
  • Drawing from Antiquity: Expression

    For All Ages11:00am
    At The Getty Villa
    Using theater masks and other objects in the Villa collection, practice drawing techniques to make your work striking and dynamic. Learn how to use line drawing to make facial features look expressive. More info
  • Dia de los Muertos Community Art Workshops

    For Families12:00pm
    At Self Help Graphics & Art in East L.A.
    Join the SHG Family for our yearly Día de los Muertos Community Art Workshops. More info

Sunday, October 14th

Monday, October 15th

  • Mirror Selfie

    For Families3:00pm
    At Glendale Central Library, Children's Space
    Everybody draws in October. Use a different method to draw a selfie using a mirror, water and markers. Ages 4+, grownups must accompany children under the age of 9. (All Materials provided.) More info

Tuesday, October 16th

  • Making Art

    LACMA Family Art Day

    For All Ages3:00pm
    At Alma Reaves Woods Watts Branch Los Angeles Public Library
    This month's Los Angeles County Museum of Art workshop will be dedicated to the Big Draw More info
  • Drawing Support Group

    For Adults4:00pm
    At Brand Library & Art Center in Glendale
    Kick off for a monthly drawing and sketching meet up for adults. If the weather permits it will be held in the Brand Library courtyard. If it doesn't then it will be inside at the Brand Recital Hall. More info

Thursday, October 18th

Friday, October 19th

  • Handprint Art

    For All Ages1:30pm
    At Grandview Library in Glendale
    Participants will use markers and their hands to create artwork The hands will be used as a stencil. The outline will be decorated with geometric lines, patterns and colors. More info
  • Extreme Character Drawing with Gallery Girls

    For All Ages8:00pm
    At Gnomon School of Visual Effects in Hollywood
    Models in amazing costumes, great makeup and unique poses. Draw with the talented students at Gnomon School of Visual Effects. Only $15. More info

Saturday, October 20th

  • drawing workshop

    Fearless Right Brain Drawing

    For All Ages10:00am
    At The Art Process Studio
    This all day drawing with freedom workshop for all levels is focused on learning to see and experiencing the meditative quality of drawing on the right side of the brain. You will be guided through a process by creative coach and artist, Kathy Leader. More info
  • Lewis MacAdams Riverfront Park

    Worldwide Sketchcrawl at LA River

    For All Ages10:00am
    At Lewis MacAdams Riverfront Park (Formerly Marsh Park) in Atwater
    October 20 is Worldwide Sketchcrawl Day when people around the world sketch in their cities! Here in Los Angeles, Urban Sketchers Los Angeles group will visit the edge of the LA River in Elysian Valley neighborhood. More info
  • Make It! Monotype Printmaking for The Big Draw LA

    For All Ages10:30am
    At Brand Library & Art Center in Glendale
    This hands-on crafts program for families will have participants creating their own monotype printmaking using paint, cardstock and paint rollers. Ages 4 and up. Program is limited to 20 kids plus accompanying adults. More info
  • Dia de los Muertos Community Art Workshops

    For Families12:00pm
    At Self Help Graphics & Art in East L.A.
    Join the SHG Family for our yearly Día de los Muertos Community Art Workshops. More info

Sunday, October 21st

Tuesday, October 23rd

  • Marble Art

    For Families3:00pm
    At Casa Verdugo Library in Glendale
    Children will use thick art paper, marbles, and paint in order to create colorful art pieces. Children are encouraged to make independent choices. In addition to taking his/her art piece home, families may checkout a variety of art related books from our display table. More info
  • Youth Open Draw at LAAFA!

    For Young Adults4:00pm
    At Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art in Van Nuys
    YOUTH OPEN DRAW with artist Rohini Sen. Open to youth ages 11-18. Still life drawing for every skill level. More info

Wednesday, October 24th

  • Comic Art: Make Your Own Comic Strip Panel

    For All Ages3:30pm
    At Glendale Central Library, Makerspace
    This workshop will cover creating a character, coming up with situations for your character and drawing it out in a comic strip. Workshop is limited to teens ages 13-18. Materials provided. More info

Thursday, October 25th

Saturday, October 27th

Sunday, October 28th

  • Drawing: Lines & Shadows

    For Adults10:00am
    At LACMA
    Adult Art Classes Gallery classes emphasize drawing in LACMA’s permanent collection galleries as a way to learn about composition, color, technique and personal expression. More info
  • John Muir High School Big Draw LA

    For All Ages12:00pm
    At John Muir High School, in Pasadena
    Chalk Art Drawings, face painting button crafts during Homecoming Fair and Picnic More info

Friday, November 2nd

Saturday, November 3rd

  • Festival For All Skid Row Artists

    For All Ages12:00pm
    At San Julian Park, in Downtown LA
    9th Festival for all Skid Row Artists The annual Festival for All Skid Row Artists has become one of the most anticipated grassroots cultural events in the area. Los Angeles Poverty Department celebrates and preserves the rich artistic heritage of Skid Row. More info
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