The Big Draw
In October the Ashmolean Museum hosted the Big Draw, which included workshops for adults, families and under 5s.
96 children and 55 adults participated in the family workshop on 12 October with artist and illustrator Kerry Lemon, assisted by some excellent volunteers, to create the Smashing Paper Plates artwork that went on display outside the museum’s education studio. The creation was added to by under 5s in the Little Draw for Little People workshop on 17 October.
Kerry Lemon is a professional illustrator whose work includes illustrations and installations for Liberty London, LA Times, Sony Japan, Harvey Nichols, Fortunum & Mason, Heineken, The Times, Harrods, Swarovski, Elle Decoration, Harper's Bazaar, Hiscox, De Beers, The National Trust, The RSPCA, Delicious Magazine, Gardens Illustrated, The Shop at Bluebird, BBC Wildlife Magazine, Waitrose, and more (quite the list!). Kerry has posted on her blog about the fun she had devising the drop in event and working with the museum and families.
Families created 'blue & white' paper plates inspired by the Iznik, Islamic, Delft, English and Chinese ceramics in the Museum's collections, primarily focusing on arabesque and plant-like patterns. Using blue pencils, crayons, pastels they made rubbings of found objects, and also plants, including leaves from the Gingko Biloba, Redwood, Indian Bean Tree, and Tulip Tree collected from the University Botanic Garden. The plants reflected the regions of the world where the ceramics originated. The under 5s explored different techniques and materials making rubbings, using stamps and stencils and paint and charcoal.
Families were of course welcome to take their plates home, but those willing to leave them behind contributed to Kerry’s installation.
Participant feedback on the events was extremely positive:
It’s an innovative activity for children. We had fun. Keeping the artwork on a board is excellent.
Big Draw – This was a really enjoyable event for everyone. Very good idea! We loved it.
Fab – great atmosphere.
A happy mum – lovely seasonal rubbings!