October 7, 2010

Big Draw is a picture of creativity

It was “pencils up” as Emory participated in The Big Draw early on Oct. 6.

“The International Big Draw Day is Oct. 9, but since that fell during Emory's fall break, we decided to do one on Wednesday, Oct. 6, and to connect it with Wonderful Wednesdays,” says Elizabeth Hornor, director of education for the Carlos Museum.

However, a Big Draw option remains on Saturday, Oct. 9, when participants can draw from works of art in the Carlos galleries. Sketchbooks and pencils will be available, Hornor says.

At Emory’s Oct. 6 event, multiple departments participated, and there were several venues for drawing located throughout campus.  African masks at the Carlos Museum inspired cubist drawings, and classical sculptures the exploration of light and shadow. There were live models at the Visual Arts Building, and the landscape and architecture drew sketchers to the Quad.

According to Hornor, The Big Draw was started by the Guild of St. George, a nonprofit organization founded by 19th century British critic and educator John Ruskin. Now led by the Campaign for Drawing in London, the aim is to raise awareness of drawing's power as a tool for learning, observation, creativity and social and cultural engagement.

Emory’s Big Draw is co-sponsored by the Center for Creativity and the Arts, the Program in Visual Art, and Wonderful Wednesdays.

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