On April 6, the Friends of the Davison Art Center sponsored “The Big Draw: Middletown,” a community celebration of drawing with workshops designed for all skill levels, from beginning drawers to accomplished artists. The Big Draw included eight drawing workshops held throughout the Wesleyan campus, facilitated by Wesleyan art faculty, art students and the Middletown High School Art Club.
Participants were taught illustration and comics, life study, Japanese sumi-e ink drawing and drawing in motion, using live models, period costumes, the natural world, dancers and the imagination.
The annual event is modeled on the successful British program that promotes interactive activities designed to break down the “I can’t draw” syndrome and to celebrate the visual arts.
As part of “The Big Draw,” participants browsed the Davison Art Center Gallery. The Davison Art Center was established at Wesleyan with the founding gifts of George Willets Davison from the class of 1892. Today it holds approximately 18,000 prints and 6,000 photographs.
“The Big Draw” was co-sponsored by the Wesleyan University Division of Arts and Humanities, Department of Art and Art History, and the Middletown Commission on the Arts. (Photos by Hannah Norman ’16)