In celebration of its 50th anniversary, the Friends of the Davison Art Center present “The Big Draw: Middletown,” a community celebration of drawing with workshops for people of all skill levels, from beginners to accomplished artists. The event is free and open to the public: adults, students, and children ages 5 and up. The Big Draw’s activities break down the “I can’t draw” syndrome and celebrate the visual arts.
The event takes place from 1 to 5 p.m., Sunday April 22 on campus.
“The Big Draw: Middletown” will feature 10 to 12 drawing workshops throughout the Wesleyan University campus. Wesleyan art faculty and art students, Middletown public school art teachers, and members of the Middletown High School Art Club will facilitate the workshops. The wide range of activities will include illustration, Japanese sumi-e ink drawing, a collective Earth Day-themed drawing, movement and drawing, and a scavenger hunt.
Participants will draw from live models, period costumes, the natural world, dancers, art in the Davison Art Center gallery, and the imagination. Drawing study of nude models is open to adults and minors with parental permission. The day will culminate with a community exhibition on campus. The event will take place rain or shine.
“The Big Draw: Middletown” is sponsored in part by the Friends of the Davison Art Center; the Wesleyan University Division of Arts and Humanities, Department of Art and Art History, Center for the Arts, and Center for Community Partnerships; the Middlesex County Community Foundation/Mary Ann Lambert Fund; and the Middletown Commission on the Arts.