The Big Draw Festival 2023!

Big Draw 2023

Big Draw 2023


The Big Draw Festival is back! 

We’re so excited to bring you an inspiring programme of activities on Monday 23rd and Tuesday 24th of  October. Everyone is welcome to participate free of charge.


The Big Draw Festival at New Directions College: Drawing With Senses

We have two session running at New Directions College, at 330 Northumberland Avenue. A morning session from 10am to 12pm, and an afternoon session from 12:30 to 14:30.

The sessions will focus on stimulating your senses through musical marks, touch, drawings and much more.

Children are welcome to attend but we ask that all children under the age of 16 are accompanied by an adult.

To book your FREE place, please click here: The Big Draw Festival

The Big Draw Festival at Reading Museum: Marvellous Monsters

On Tuesday 24th October, we will run a Big Draw: Marvellous Monsters session at the Reading Museum, from 10am to 15:00, and this session will focus on creating hybrid collage monster drawings.  

(Warning: parents may wish to view the In the Company of Monsters exhibition before letting younger children take a look). All ages, 10am – 3pm. FREE, donations welcome, drop in.



About The Big Draw Festival 2023

The Big Draw Festival is a worldwide celebration of drawing! Promoting the universal language of drawing as a tool for learning, expression, and invention.

The Festival is made up of a collection of thousands of creative events, activities, and workshops across the globe run by organisations big and small just like New Directions College!

This year, the Big Draw Festival #DrawingwithSenses changes the focus from external to internal, exploring the way we personally process the world and internalise our experiences through our senses. This is a great year to look at the 5 basic senses: TouchSightSound, Taste and Smell and experiment with these and those you are less familiar with to transpose your experiences into creative work and drawings in 2023. Why not join in and be part of The World’s Biggest community of drawing enthusiasts!

We can’t wait to see you on the 23rd and 24th October 2023!