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Posted on Oct 24, 2013 by

Two art festivals supported by The Arts Council are currently underway. The Campaign for Drawing is running The 2013 Big Draw from 1 October to 3 November alongside The Family Arts Festival, which is taking place between 18 October and 3 November.

The aim of The Big Draw is “to get everyone drawing!”; drawing helps people think, feel, communicate and understand the world. It can be both inspiring and relaxing.

children drawing on floor

cake stand drawing 2

Several events have already taken place, including Ballantyne & Cole’s “Draw your own Cornish Cream Tea” at their studios in Truro (pictured above). The results were beautiful (see left) – and everyone enjoyed eating the props afterwards.

Ballantyne & Cole

Blewetts Wharf, Malpas Road, 10 Newbridge View, Truro, TR1 1QH | 07447906145



There are still plenty of Big Draw / Family Arts Festival events yet to place across Cornwall. Here are a few child-friendly events for half-term:

maritime museum

Join students from Falmouth University for an Aquatic Art Supersized Event at the National Maritime Museum Cornwall. Using drawing, animation, printmaking and sculpture, help create a sketch book inspired by the poem The Rime of the Ancient Mariner. 12 noon – 3.30pm, Sat 26 & Sun 27 October.

Water Water Everywhere Make your own porthole pictures, fantastic fish masks and under-the-sea stained glass windows. 12 noon – 3.30pm, Mon 28 Oct – Sun 3 Nov

National Maritime Museum Cornwall

Discovery Quay, Falmouth, TR11 3NW | 01326 313388

truro arts

Children are invited to a Futuristic Cityscape Workshop at Truro Arts company. Using printmaking techniques they will help create a massive seven metre long cityscape of what Truro might look like in the future, with crazy buildings, space ships, flying machines, rocket cars and alien pedestrians. The boards will then be on display outside Truro Arts Company for all to see.

9.30-10.30am, Sat 26 Oct, Wed 30 Oct, Fri 1 Nov, Sat 2 Nov

Truro Arts Company

26 River St, Truro, TR1 2SJ | 01872 240 567


Draw Tomorrow, The Shape of Things to Come….. at the Royal Cornwall Museum, Truro. A free, family event, decorating the museum with your futuristic designs.

10am – 4.30pm, Sat 26 Oct – Fri 1 Nov (closed on Sunday)

Royal Cornwall Museum

River Street, Truro, TR1 2SJ | 01872 272205


Visit Art Base at Tate St Ives to explore, play, create sea monsters and investigate art and ideas from their current exhibition: Aquatopia: the imaginary of the Ocean Deep.

11am – 4pm, 26 Oct – 2 Nov (closed Monday 28th)

Tate St Ives

Porthmeor, St Ives, TR26 1TG | 01736 796226


Ashley Hanson is inviting children and adults to help him with his New York Trilogy Exhibition at The Castle in Bude. Come and create your own skyscraper (the bigger the better!) and stick it on the drawing, a huge panoramic city drawing in the Blanchminster Room.

All materials will be provided and you can draw as many buildings as you like.

10am – 4pm, Wed 30 Oct – Sat 2 Nov

The Castle, Bude

The Castle, The Wharf, Bude, EX23 8LG | 01288 357300

Photos courtesy of Ballantyne and Cole, National Maritime Museum Cornwall, Truro Arts Company and Tate St Ives. Thank you.

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