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Online Family Fun Day: Big Green Architecture Draw

Join us online on Saturday 3 October to participate in this year’s Big Draw Festival, on the theme of climate change, sustainability and green architecture. We will be bringing you a programme of activities to get the whole family involved in exploring and thinking about these themes through drawing and making.

Online Family Fun Day: Big Green Architecture Draw

Saturday 3 October 2020, 11am to 4pm

Join us online on Saturday 3 October to participate in this year’s Big Draw Festival on the theme of climate change, sustainability and green architecture. We will be bringing you a programme of activities to get the whole family involved in exploring and thinking about these themes through drawing and making.

So get your pens, tablets, erasers, sticks or other mark-making equipment ready and join us for a special day of creative drawing sessions with a difference.

Share your drawings with us on Twitter using the hashtag #BigGreenArchitectureDraw.

Programme of events

11:00am: Big Green Stories: The Broken Pot with Olivia Armstrong

Get your pencils at the ready and let your imagination run wild. Olivia is a professional storyteller who can bring any subject to life with her incredible imagination and enthusiasm. As part of the Big Green Architecture Draw, Olivia will be delivering three magical stories throughout the day for all the family to listen to, enjoy and draw along to.

11:30am: Big Green Archi-Tweets with Anthony Palmer

Anthony Palmer is a photographer and educator whose visual practice is concerned with architecture and urban regeneration. He leads building tours and photo walks that encourage people to explore places through photography. Throughout the morning, Anthony will take us all on a photo walk around London's Olympic Park. Be sure to follow the RIBA Learning team and The Big Draw on Twitter to keep up to date.

11:30am: Big Green Forest Finds with Milly Wood

Forage for natural materials and explore mini den model-making using sustainable materials: a cardboard base and plasticine are helpful for this workshop if you have them.

Milly's work focuses on alternative models of education and addresses the need for free play in cities undergoing rapid commercial-led regeneration. She is passionate about protecting outdoor learning and play spaces and creating opportunities for all children to explore materiality and construction.

12:30pm: Big Green Roofs: Part 1 with Katie Kennedy

Explore green roofing and model making with Katie Kennedy. To join in with this workshop, save your clean recycling for model making and see if you can get hold of some cress seeds and a little bit of soil.

Katie Kennedy is a graphic designer and educator, running her own design business alongside delivering workshops and projects with museums and galleries across the UK. This event will be hosted via YouTube Live, so be sure to subscribe to The Big Draw YouTube channel.

Download the accompanying Big Green Roofs resource.

1pm: Big Green Stories: The Blossom Tree with Olivia Armstrong

1pm: Creepy Crawly Crowded House with Zoe Allen

Join us for an hour-long Zoom workshop hosted by artist educator Zoe Allen who will walk you through the steps of making your very own "creepy crawly crowded house" that can be used to house insects and promote sustainability within nature.

Book your free ticket.

2pm: Big Green Roofs: Part 2 with Katie Kennedy

Explore green roofing and model making with Katie Kennedy. To join in with this workshop, save your clean recycling for model making and see if you can get hold of some cress seeds and a little bit of soil.

Katie Kennedy is a graphic designer and educator, running her own design business alongside delivering workshops and projects with museums and galleries across the UK. This event will be hosted via YouTube Live, so be sure to subscribe to The Big Draw YouTube channel.

Download the accompanying Big Green Roofs resource.

2:30pm: Big Green Stories: Too Much Sky with Olivia Armstrong

3pm: Baking Bricks with Frances Quinn

This one-hour baking workshop featuring Great British Bake Off Winner Frances Quinn will be a delicious architectural experience for the whole family.

Once signed up, you will receive a full list of ingredients needed for this workshop: there will be vegan alternatives for all ingredients.

Book your free ticket.

Please register to receive further information about this free event.

Tree-homes

To the trees! We all know that trees are an essential part of environment, providing shelter and shade and helping the whole planet breathe. But what if they were spaces to live in too? If you were to design an ideal home in a tree what would it look like and what materials would you use? Would it be your own private space or would it be a home for your family, friends and pets too? Let your imagination run wild and send your drawings to us to become part of a larger Communi-tree online.

Share your drawings with us @RIBALearning on Twitter using the hashtag #BigGreenArchitectureDraw

About The Big Draw

The Big Draw is a visual literacy charity promoting the universal language of drawing as a tool for thought, creativity, social and cultural engagement. The Big Draw (formerly The Campaign for Drawing) was launched in 2000 by The Guild of St George, the charity founded by John Ruskin in 1871 - becoming an independent arts education charity in 2006.

Terms and conditions

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