Drawing in Schools

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"The Big Draw is a superb focus for any school- allowing all subjects areas to appreciate the value of drawing and visual literacy and to support the use of transferable skills and knowledge. Drawing is a language that resonates with all subject areas. Drawing is communication that breaks through barriers. And, it helps us speak when words are not enough". 

Susan Coles (Cultural Educational Consultant, Artist, school governor, former President of NSEAD).


Living Lines:  An Animated Big Draw FestivAl in 2017!

From cave men to the big screen and everything in between, this year, the theme of the world’s biggest drawing festival aims to unite pixels, pencils and people from across the globe to celebrate.

We hope schools wrldwide will help us to investigate the concept of movement through drawing in 2017 - whether that be through something as simple as flickbooks, or puppetry, to performative events, or computer animation.  Please get in touch if you'd like to run your idea for an event past us!  

 Learn Through Drawing

The October Big Draw is an annual celebration of the power of drawing, and hundreds of schools across from Brazil to Vietnam now take part.

For children, drawing is a means of understanding the world, how it looks, and how it works. It nurtures creativity, developing their imagination and power of invention. 

Drawing is a transferable skill which can be integrated into the entire curriculum.


The Big Draw 1-31 October 2017

Schools run their own Big Draw events in October, using these or other formats:

  • Great Big Draw: the normal timetable is suspended and a whole day is devoted to drawing
  • Cross-curricular Big Draw features drawing in every lesson
  • After-school or Saturday Big Draw invites parents, governors, teaching and non-teaching staff, carers and friends to take part
  • Books for teachers and parents

power drawing books + the big draw festival welcome pack

On offer as part of the Welcome Pack when you sign up for the Big Draw Festival 2017, these books explain how to use drawing across every age range and setting are packed with excellent examples, ideas and pictures. Click below to see what is included:

Free resource for teachers

This unrivalled resource for secondary school art, craft and design teachers has seven downloadable PDFs based on case studies by peers who participated in the TEA CPD programme. It aims to give young people (and their teachers) an enhanced experience of drawing. 

There are also examples of the TEA teacher projects on Flickr and Facebook.

Find out more about the Sketchbook Circle - a year-long collaborative project to encourage artist-educators to make time for personal work.

Draw Big for Arts Award

Organising a Big Draw can support young people doing an Arts Award in their progression as artists and arts leaders.

If you’d like to know about becoming an Arts Award centre or supporter, contact the Arts Award team.

The Big Draw Awards

We offer prestigious Big Draw Awards for the most innovative and engaging Big Draws in schools.

Once The Big Draw Festival comes to a close, don't forget to enter your event for the Big Draw Awards!