Bob Moulders Street Scene

More than 200 people of all ages got creative at a series of free art workshops in Lichfield City on Saturday 28 October.

In celebration of the world’s biggest drawing festival, The Big Draw, Lichfield District Council hosted three drop-in art workshops on Saturday. This year’s theme was ‘Living Lines: An Animated Big Draw Festival’, which aimed to unite pixels, pencils and people from across the globe to celebrate the universal language of drawing.

Locally, artists Francis and Gloria Lowe were stationed outside The Samuel Johnson Birthplace Museum, and encouraged participants to create drawings on an easel, which were filmed to produce an animated film.

Artist Amanda Holiday also led a workshop at Speakers’ Corner on Dam Street, and invited passers-by to create marks on large sheets of paper using unusual objects, such as brooms, rollers and a meat tenderiser!

Over at Three Spires Shopping Centre, artist Bob Moulder asked shoppers to create a building on A4 paper with pre-printed guidelines including a pavement, first and second floors, doors and balconies. The drawings were then placed together in a line to create a street scene.

Councillor Ian Pritchard, Cabinet Member for Economic Growth, Environment & Development Services, said: “It’s fantastic that so many people had the chance to get involved in our local Big Draw activities. It’s a good way to rediscover your creativity and to try something new.”

Lichfield District Council led the project, with support from Three Spires Shopping Centre, Speakers’ Corner Lichfield and The Samuel Johnson Birthplace Museum.