National Drawing Day 2020 at Crawford Art Gallery: GO BIG AND STAY HOME!
For the very first time in 2020, National Drawing Day is taking place in people’s homes and Crawford Art Gallery presents an array of activities for online audiences. An initiative of the National Gallery of Ireland, supported by the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, National Drawing Day encourages people to get drawing on Saturday 16 May 2020. Asking the public to ‘Go big and stay home’, the Gallery and dozens of partner venues will bring the joy of drawing to homes across the country through online platforms.
Taking inspiration from the riches of its collection, Crawford Art Gallery engages and entertains with their online activities. Suitable for all audiences young and old, the Gallery website is packed with content put together by a team of artists. There is a step by step guide to drawing for kids and now is a great time to pick up drawing tips and tricks from those in the know. The Gallery invites people to break out the markers, stickers, glitter and glue to colour the National Collection.
A new initiative ‘creative cocooning’ offers a step by step guide to blind drawing, an activity for all abilities to enjoy with no expectations, a chance to stop, look and enjoy.
Crawford Art Gallery together with over 30 venues across the island of Ireland. Galleries, museums, libraries and arts centres in Antrim, Clare, Cork, Donegal, Down, Dublin, Fermanagh, Kerry, Kildare, Kilkenny, Leitrim, Meath, Offaly, Waterford, Wexford and Westmeath will be getting involved.
Highlights from around the country include online workshops with popular artist Don Conroy who has teamed up with Garter Lane Arts Centre, Waterford. The National Library of Ireland celebrates Séamus Heaney as it encourages people to create their own artistic depictions of the iconic poet and his poetry. The Library will also present an online talk exploring famous portraits of Heaney. The National Museum of Ireland is joined by Paper Panther, an award-winning animation studio specialising in stop motion, for a step-by-step tutorial. From home, people will be able to create animations inspired by museum objects.
The participating venues encourage artists and other creatives across the country to get involved with Drawing Day 2020. A selection of drawings posted by artists or the public online using the hashtag #NationalDrawingDay and #InThisTogether will be shared on social media throughout the day.
Details of National Drawing Day events at Crawford Art Gallery can be found here