drawing to learn. not learning to draw.
The Big Draw believes everyone can draw and everyone should have access to the benefits of drawing. It is a truly universal tool that can build bridges, communicate across oceans and make dreams a reality.
Drawing is a vital tool in many professions: From mathematicians, to surgeons, architects to engineers, therapists, political commentators to graphic designers. The humble pencil has built many a pioneer within every profession you can imagine.
Read on for more from our patrons who span all these professions!
REMEMBER: You don't have to be an artist to draw. This is what we mean by drawing to learn, not learning to draw.
Join The Big Draw Festival 2018
We are thrilled to announce our theme for 2018: Play - For kids and big kids alike, The Big Draw Festival 2018 is all about letting loose, embracing happy accidents, discovery, and most importantly having fun with those HBs!
Registration Fees Explained
For the 3rd year subscription fees have been frozen for all organisers. Click below for a guide on which organiser tier to select during registration.
Stay informed and sign up and tailor your big draw news for Education content here!
Big Draw Festival Award winners 2015/16 Ben Johnson School celebrate a fun-filled day! - see their winning event here and more inspiration here on our YouTube channel.
why join the big draw festival?
"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, (The Big Draw Associate, Cultural Educational Consultant, Artist, school governor, former President of NSEAD).
Hear it from the organisers!
Read our interview with Big Draw Festival Award Winners Eastbury Comprehensive who use animation to bridge the gap between subjects and year groups!
See some testimonials from organisers past here and our drawing in schools youtube channel here.
Clip from Eastbury's Big Draw Award winning animation 'One World, Seven Billion Styles'
Learn Through Drawing
The October Big Draw Festival is an annual celebration of the power of drawing, and hundreds of schools from all over the world 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. We believe in drawing to learn not learning to draw! Watch our video
with Big Draw patron Sir Roger Penrose
on how drawing can be used for maths and science!
campaigning for creativity
The Big Draw actively argues the case for creativity in schools and in the workplace. The effect of the EBacc (UK) has had a devastating impact on the uptake on creative subjects at schools. We support the Bacc for The Future campaign and work with our ambassadors and patrons to lobby in parliment to make the case for creativity. The increasing pressure on schools to focus on STEM not STEAM begs the question; who will continue the success of the booming creative industries in the UK? - now worth £94 billion / year. Not to mention the countless non-economic benefits, articulated beautifully by our patron Bob & Roberta Smith RA, OBE:
THE BIG DRAW FESTIVAL AWARDS: WIN UP TO £750 FOR YOUR SCHOOL!
We offer prestigious Big Draw Festival Awards for the most innovative and engaging Big Draws in schools worth £750 each!
See some of our winners' events here from The 2015/16 Awards!
Only registered event organisers are eligible to apply so make sure you login or register for your chance to win. Award applications open from 1st November 2018.
Free power drawing books + the big draw festival welcome pack when you sign up!
The Big Draw's Power Drawing publications are packed with advice and ideas for drawing in education and beyond. These richly-illustrated books provide evidence of drawing as a tool for learning, and explain the use of different kinds of drawings for different educational and professional purposes.
All Big Draw organisers can request a complimentary set of Power Dawing Books as part of a bespoke welcome pack which also includes access to digital & printed promotional tools including posters, certificates, stickers, balloons, case studies, marketing and sponsorship guidance and more! Click below to sign up!