Vancouver’s annual celebration of drawing is back with a full-day of workshops to be held throughout the city on June 14.
Designed to dispel preconceptions about what drawing is, the Vancouver Draw Down is a unique series of hands-on drawing workshops held at community centres, museums, art galleries and on the streets of the city.
More than simply art, organizers view drawing as a “way of capturing ideas, encouraging observation, and expressing thoughts” and as a communication device that transcends barriers of language and literacy.
With the events designed for drop-in participation, participants are encouraged to try as many different workshops as they like throughout the day. Events include more traditional workshops like mural and still-life drawing, but extend to the more esoteric with a comic jam and a blindfolded drawing event. And the best thing is all the workshops are open, inclusive and free.
“Designed and led by professional artists, these creative happenings are about process and pleasure, not about technical skill,” say organizers.” No matter the age or skill level, there’s something for everyone at Vancouver Draw Down.”
The biggest yet in its five year history, there will be over forty workshops happening across the city with the day beginning with a launch party in the Vancouver Public Library outdoor plaza which will include a special performance by contemporary dance company Dezza Dance. The day ends with a closing party at the Contemporary Art Gallery, with The Drawing Salon leading partiers in an interactive drawing performance.
Vancouver Draw Down will also hosting an Online Daily Drawing Challenge in the week prior, designed to spark people’s imaginations as a lead-up to the June 14 workshops.
Vancouver Draw Down takes place at various locations around Vancouver on June 14. Visit http://vancouverdrawdown.com for a complete list of workshops and participating organizations and artists.