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RAE 2008

Sir John Cass Department of Art, Media and Design

The Big Draw East - Drawing Things Together

Sunday 30 September

Mark Lewis and Steven Follen from the Sir John Cass Department of Art, Media and Design have been invited to deliver workshops at the Museum of Childhood as part of the national launch event for ‘The Big Draw’ now in its eight year. The event is organised by the Campaign for Drawing to celebrate drawing and its place in the world and will see 1000 free events take place all over the UK over the next month.

The first day, called ‘The Big Draw East- Drawing Things Together’ takes place at 20 venues in Hackney and Tower Hamlets on Sunday 30th September. The day will be launched by renowned artist and illustrator Quentin Blake the V and A Museum of Childhood in Bethnal Green. During the day at the Museum, Mark Lewis, Programme Leader in Silversmithing and Jewellery will deliver a workshop called ‘Drawing People and Places’ while Steven, a Senior Lecturer in Design will lead a session called ‘Changing Cities’ where participants will use drawing skills to build a gigantic new city. The two workshops will meet, allowing the people created in Mark’s workshop to populate the city created in Steve’s.

Michael Upton, Academic Leader for the department said, " The Big Draw is a major national event, we are delighted that our staff are contributing to the launch activities in Tower Hamlets and Hackney. Drawing skills are fundamental to many of our art and design courses, but are also useful for all sorts of creative thinking and communication. If you are one of those people who says ‘I can’t draw’, these fun workshops have been designed to prove you wrong."

Read more about The Big Draw here

About Quentin Blake:

Quentin Blake is one of Britain's best-loved and most successful illustrators and children's authors. His first drawings were published in Punch when he was 16. He has illustrated over 300 books with writers such as, Michael Rosen, Russell Hoban, Joan Aiken, John Yeoman and, most famously of all, Roald Dahl. Quentin Blake writes and illustrates his own books as well, creating such characters as Mister Magnolia, Mrs Armitage and Clown. He has also illustrated classic books for adults.

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