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The Big Draw

National Museum & Gallery, Cardiff, 20 October - 26 October 2001

If you can draw, even a little bit, you can express all kinds of ideas that might otherwise be lost - delights, frustrations, whatever torments you or pleases you David Hockney

Do you dream of becoming the next Gwen John, David Hockney or Elizabeth Blackwell? Draw some inspiration from the National Museum & Gallery, Cardiff week long events as part of the ‘Big Draw', a national campaign to get everyone drawing.

Gillian Griffiths, artist and botanical illustrator will hold a Weekend Botanical Illustration course, 20 & 21 October, that offers an opportunity to explore some of the museum's own collection as well as allowing you to try your hand at the art of botanical illustrations.

Throughout the week drawing workshops for all ages and abilities will be held which will guide you to produce your own masterpieces, drawing from life from the varied museum natural history collections, from sculpture to archaeological illustrations. Work produced will also become a part of a much larger piece of artwork which will be displayed in the museum

Drawing Power, now in its second year, continues with the simple but ambitious aim to get everyone drawing! The Guild of St. George, a small charity founded by John Ruskin in 1871, initiated this Campaign to celebrate its founder's centenary.

Ruskin saw drawing as the foundation for visual thought. His writings were designed not to teach people how to draw, but how to see. The Campaign aims to show how drawing can be valued more highly in education and everyday life.

Weekend Botanical Illustration course with Gillian Grffiths. Fee for the two day course - £30. T: 029 2057 3240 for more details or to book a place

Drawing Workshops. 10.30am - 12.30pm and 1.30pm - 4.00pm daily. Free