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Lichfield's Big Draw 2016

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Series Of Art Workshops Got The Creative Juices Flowing
More than 300 people of all ages decided to get creative and try their skills at drawing during a series of art workshops which took place within Lichfield city centre on Saturday 22 October. The three drop-in art workshops were organised by Lichfield District Council with the aim of celebrating The Big Draw, which is heralded as the world's biggest drawing festival.

Lichfield's Big Draw
The 'art' of drawing using tools and cogs

This year's theme for The Big Draw event was 'STEAM Powered', which stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics. As a result, children and adults were invited to get their creative juices flowing by making artwork that combined creative innovation, enterprise, digital technologies and the arts. The free art activities took place at two different locations within the city centre of Lichfield, namely the Three Spires Shopping Centre and Dam Street, which is just off the city's imposing Lichfield Cathedral. The sessions were led by professional artists, with Francis Lowe stationed at Speakers' Corner on Dam Street and Johnathan Polkest and Diana Shepherd both positioned at the central shopping centre.

Lichfield's Big Draw
Henry tries out the 'draw me' booth

Workshops included creating animations, a 'draw me booth' using a camera obscurer to do portraits, and drawings using cogs and tools. Over the course of the day, a combined total of 310 people attended the workshop sessions. Lichfield District Council led the art project, with support from Three Spires Shopping Centre and Speakers' Corner Lichfield. As part of the project, professional artists also ran art activities at primary schools and special schools across the district throughout October.

Lichfield's Big Draw
One of the portraits created by artists on the day

Councillor Helen Fisher, Lichfield District Council Cabinet Member for Tourism and Communications, said: "I am delighted so many people had the chance to get involved in our local Big Draw activities. It's a fantastic way to rediscover your creativity and to try something new." The Big Draw is the world's biggest drawing festival with thousands of enjoyable, and mainly free, drawing activities which connect people of all ages with museums, outdoor spaces, artists, designers, and illustrators, as well as fellow-minded art enthusiasts.
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Why? Hundreds Got Creative As Part Of Art Project
When: 22 October 2016
Where: Three Spires Shopping Centre, 12 Gresley Row, Lichfield WS13 6JF
Cost: Free
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