The Big Draw

Community Open Studio – The Big Draw – Three Sundays (Fall 2019), 11:00am-4:00pm


Oxygen Art Centre is pleased to present an all-ages three-part series of collaborative drawing workshops in connection with the world-wide event known as The Big Draw. The theme for 2019 is #DrawnToLife and explores the healing and unifying impact of mark making and drawing.

These family friendly drop-in workshops are open to the public from 11:00am to 4:00pm on three Sundays throughout the Fall. All events are FREE or by donation and open to everyone.

September 29: The healing power of nature
11:00am-4:00pm
Oxygen Art Centre

Nature has the power to calm and still the mind. To draw ignites an opportunity to see deeply and with fresh curiosity. Join us on the first event in the series on September 29th as Oxygen Art Centre is transformed into a drawing lab, making space to study, observe, and experience nature through observational drawing stations, rubbings, tracings, and drawing to audio landscapes. Open to all ages and experience levels.

October 20: Self-portraits
11:00am-4:00pm
Oxygen Art Centre

Self-portraits, and portraits in general, have a long tradition in visual culture. The second series in Oxygen’s Big Draw events celebrates the unique and beautiful qualities of the human form and processes of documenting the self. Join us in our drawing lab to participate in observational drawings with mirrors and microscopes, blind contour portraits, full body tracings, silhouettes, musical chairs, exquisite corpse, and the great fun of drawing in motion. Open to all ages and all experience levels.

November 17: Diversity is strength
11:00am-4:00pm
Oxygen Art Centre

Join us as we wrap up our three-part Big Draw series with a celebration of diversity. Explore mark making through experimental drawing tools and drawing machines, drawing with sound, building a collaborative community large scale temporary mural directly on the Oxygen Art Centre. In addition to visual art marking we will build a community feedback loop to be shared on Kootenay Coop Radio, Poetry for Keeps. It will be a reverberated community collaboration you won’t want to miss. Open to all ages and experience levels.

Facilitator Bio: Anita Levesque

Anita Levesque, a long-time Oxygen Art Centre member is excited to facilitate The Big Draw at Oxygen Art Centre. Levesque has exhibited her work at various art galleries across Canada, predominantly drawing and installation art. She is the co-founder of Oxygen Art Centre’s successful children’s art camps and held a seat on the Oxygen Art Centre board of directors for five years. Levesque has spent the past eight years focused on family life, while also working as an educator and program coordinator with the SelfDesign Learning Community. Of arts programming for children, Levesque says: “Art is essential. It connects us and brings great joy to our lives. By making and creating, we become problem solvers, exercising both sides of our brains.  It is a celebration of beauty, a mode to express what is deep within, and a tool to better understand our place in the world”.

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