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People Of All Ages Get Creative During Free Art Workshops
More than 200 people of all ages from across Lichfield and the surrounding region took up the artistic challenge of this year's global Big Draw event and got creative at a series of free art workshops in Lichfield on Saturday 28th October. In celebration of the world's biggest drawing festival, The Big Draw, Lichfield District Council hosted three drop-in art workshops throughout the day and encouraged people of all ages and abilities to get involved.

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Young artists get involved in the Big Draw in Lichfield


This year's theme was 'Living Lines: An Animated Big Draw Festival', which aimed to unite pixels, pencils and people from across the globe to celebrate the universal language of drawing. Lichfield District Council led the project, with support from Lichfield city centre's Three Spires Shopping Centre, Speakers' Corner Lichfield, which lies close to Lichfield Cathedral, and The Samuel Johnson Birthplace Museum. Councillor Ian Pritchard, Cabinet Member for Economic Growth, Environment and Development Services at Lichfield District Council, said: "It's fantastic that so many people had the chance to get involved in our local Big Draw activities. It is a good way to rediscover your creativity and to try something new."

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The Francis Lowe workshop at the Samuel Johnson Birthplace Museum


Artists Francis and Gloria Lowe were stationed outside The Samuel Johnson Birthplace Museum, and encouraged participants to create drawings on an easel, which were filmed to produce an animated film. Fellow artist Amanda Holiday also led a workshop at Speakers' Corner on Dam Street, and invited passers-by to create marks on large sheets of paper using unusual objects, such as brooms, rollers and even a meat tenderiser! The third workshop was held at the Three Spires Shopping Centre where artist Bob Moulder asked shoppers to create a building on A4 paper with pre-printed guidelines including a pavement, first and second floors, doors and balconies. The drawings were then placed together in a line to create a street scene.

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Amanda Holiday led a workshop at Speakers Corner Lichfield


The Big Draw provides thousands of enjoyable, and mainly free, drawing activities around the world which help to connect people of all ages with museums, outdoor spaces, artists, designers, and illustrators, and each other. The Big Draw is for anyone who loves to draw, as well as those who think they can't! The Big Draw 2017, which is taking place throughout October, has the theme of 'Living Lines: An Animated Big Draw Festival'. It aims to unite pixels, pencils and people from across the globe to celebrate the universal language of drawing.
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Why? 200 Artists Get Creative In Lichfield As Part Of Big Draw
When: 28 October 2017
Where: Samuel Johnson Birthplace Museum, Breadmarket Street, Lichfield WS13 6LQ
Cost: Free
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