Big Draw festival simulates the senses - The Rugby Observer

Big Draw festival simulates the senses

Rugby Editorial 31st Oct, 2023   0

SENSES were stimulated as Rugby Art Gallery and Museum (RAGM) hosted a Big Draw Festival session.

The event had ‘Drawing with Senses’ as its theme – from touch, sight, sound, taste and smell to inner senses such as déjà vu or ‘gut instinct’.

Phoebe Hilton, RAGM’s senior learning and engagement officer, said: “This year’s Big Draw focused on exploring the creative possibilities of this internal process – to live in the moment, immerse yourself in the ‘now’ and create instinctively from our sensory reactions.”

Children explored the theme through scribbling, sketching, colouring, printing, exploring and creating.




They made blue plaques to commemorate memories connected to a sight, smell or sound, with all plaques taking pride of place on the walls of the venue’s foyer.

Material Masterpieces gave them the chance to feel the creative power of fabric, making images with pieces of material which were projected onto the gallery’s walls.


And they drew along with Jessica Hartshorn from Jessi Illustrates as she led a series of sessions inspired by the senses, including how to ‘draw’ sound and create textures.

The international Big Draw Festival was launched in 2000 to promote the benefits of drawing as a tool for learning, expression and invention.

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