Bring your big ideas, explore Big Draw Family Fun Day

Draw to your heart’s content during a day of events geared for famililes. Whether or not you think you have talent, it’s an opportunity to see, think, invent and take action, organizers say, so dream up an idea, show up and create! 

The National Gallery is hosting a special event for families on Oct. 26 as part of the month-long Big Draw KY program as envisioned by its patron, Lady Rabia Abdul-Hakim. 

“Drawing is a great way to make art accessible to the youth, and it is a fundamental part of creativity and intelligence,” says Lady Rabia. “The times are changing; the youth are no longer eager to just become accountants and lawyers. So, it’s vital that we nurture creative skills in our future gamers, fashion designers, architects, illustrators, animators and producers.” 



During the month, events at the gallery include documentary screenings, a student exhibition, a panel discussion, and the day of free creative activities for the whole family. 

“Drawing is a simple way to make idea visible, to show what new objects could exist or tell stories of how the future may unfold,” says Ginny Cople, the gallery’s education manager. “We welcome everyone to join us in exploring the future through the art of drawing.”  

Alongside activities and workshops, there will be live music, face painting and an art sale in the Gallery Gift Shop. Also, the Art Café will be serving a selection of freshly made cakes and speciality teas and coffees.  

Admission to the Big Draw Family Fun Day is free. For more information, please contact [email protected], or call 945-8111. 

The lineup of events follows:  


Family fun drop-in session  

Get arty with your kids at this session. Try drawing illustrations and cartoons inspired by the popular Tom Gates series of books, and create your own mini book all about you! 

9 to 10 a.m.  

Drawing stations  

Throughout the day, you can stop by one of the drawing stations to try drawing a range of subjects. Learn the easy way to draw a labyrinth, follow a step-by-step guide to drawing a parrot, and try your hand at drawing Manga Villains. 

10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.  


Draw the future  

Using images in the gallery for inspiration, children and young people will be asked to “draw tomorrow.” Prizes will be awarded for the best drawings. 

10 a.m. to 1.30 p.m.  


Enjoy finding out about the secrets of drawing as explored in two BBC documentaries shown in the morning. At 1 p.m., there will be a screening of Spirited Away, made by Studio Ghibli, a Japanese studio known for its anime features.  

10 a.m — The Secrets of Drawing  

1 p.m. — Spirited Away  


Studio Workshops  

Sign up for a workshop and try out a range of techniques. 

11 a.m. to noon — cartooning workshop with Lady Rabia 

12:30 to 1:30 p.m. — mono printing with Sarah McDougall 

2 to 3 p.m. — pen, ink, and bleach designs with Dinah Green 


Please sign up on the day, places are limited. All events are at the gallery, off the Harquail Bypass.  

Big Draw at NG

The National Gallery hosts a Big Draw Family Fun Day on Saturday, Oct. 26.