by Terry Rogers
Last year, Mispillion Art League sponsored the Inaugural Big Draw, a worldwide art-focused event, during the month of October. This year, despite the COVID-19 pandemic, the organization has decided to hold the event for the second year.
“Amid pandemic restrictions, some of this year’s festival will take place in person, some virtually, or a combination of the two, but it will happen!” Rosemary Connelly, Chairperson for the event, said. “Our festival is part of the International Big Draw Festival that was begun in the United Kingdom 20 years ago as a means to get kids and adults involved in art. It’s about being creative and making art with climate change, recycling, reusing and caring for our planet as our themes.”
This year, the committee is putting together an Idea Booklet that will be filled with project ideas, along with a packet of supplies that kids and their families can do at home using the materials provided. Connelly said that the projects can be supplemented with items they can find around the house. This will replace the large, outdoor gatherings that were held during the event last year.
“Booklets and supplies will be available for pick up at Mispillion Art League in September,” Connelly said. “We may hold smaller outings, the committee is still ironing out the details and making a Plan B in case circumstances change. All Idea Booklets will be assembled by members wearing masks and gloves. Once assembled, the packets will sit for at least three days before being handed out. Any in-person classes or events we hold will require all participants to wear a face mask. We will have masks and gloves available along with hand sanitizer. Materials and tools will not be shared and each participant will have their own sanitized table and chair, with tables being six feet apart. Instructors wearing masks and gloves will put all needed materials and tools on each table before the class begins.”
Connelly is excited about the many things planned for the Big Draw. There will be classes for artists and non-artists, families and children, all taking place virtually or in person. Some of the classes include Clay and Nature Wall Hangings, Making Monoprint Leaves, Reusing Canvas Art, 3D Zentangles on Recycled Cans, Nature Journaling, a Photo Safari at Abbotts Mill and more.
“The Idea Booklet projects are geared to ages 4 to 94,” Connelly said. “They will be filled with projects like Building a Robot from Recycled Materials, Creating Egg Carton Creatures, Constructing a House or Building out of a Cardboard Box, Bottle Cap and Button Art, How to Draw Insects and Birds, Keeping a Nature Journal with a provided sketchbook and more.”
Mispillion Art League is committed to making the 2020 Big Draw Festival DE inspiring and fun for all ages, Connelly stated. They are still finalizing classes and events with updates posted on their website at www.mispillionarts.org/big-draw-de/. They can also be found on the event’s Facebook page located at https://www.facebook.com/thebigdrawde. Mispillion Art League welcomes artists, aspiring artists as well as anyone who loves art and believes in its power to enrich all members of the community. The mission of the Mispillion Art League is to provide community-wide access to quality visual arts programs.
The organization is supported, in part, by a grant from the Delaware Division of the Arts, a state agency, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts. The Division promotes Delaware arts events on www.DelawareScene.com.
Anyone who is interested in volunteering for the Big Draw or wants more information can contact Rosemary Connelly at 302-359-5534 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. They can also contact the Mispillion Art League Operations Manager, Sonja Frey, at 302-430-7646 or via email at email@example.com.