The Big Draw Chicago - Focus on Japan: Hokusai Drawing Lessons
In this workshop, participants will explore a collection of prints designed by Japanese artist Utagawa Hiroshige in a structured drawing lesson created by the 19th century printmaker Hokusai. Frank Lloyd Wright was an avid collector of Japanese wood block prints and often used Hokusai’s method with his apprentice architects. Drawing on tracing paper over the print, participants will simplify the print’s composition into geometric shapes, helping them to explore basic design principles. They will then add their own finishing touches for a unique creation!
Date: Saturday, October 27
Time: 10 am-12 pm
Location: Wright's Robie House, 5757 S. Woodlawn Ave., Chicago
Admission: $5*; General Public & Families
* Space is limited and registration is required.
The Big Draw Chicago (www.thebigdrawchicago.org) is a community engagement initiative that brings Chicagoans together to draw, think, and share. The initiative takes shape as a month-long festival of nearly 30 informal drawing programs created by dozens of prestigious local organizations. In addition, Big Draw Chicago headquarters is producing a large-scale, participatory drawing event for Big Draw Day (October 6). The inaugural Big Draw Chicago festival will take place October 2012 (the “The Big Draw Chicago”).
The Big Draw Chicago creates an inclusive opportunity for local organizations to connect with visitors of all ages, and to offer activities that broaden the definition of and audience for the arts. Further, the festival’s emphasis on drawing, thinking, and sharing connects with and supports the four “C” skills of 21st Century Learning: creativity, collaboration, communication, and critical thinking.
The Big Draw has a long and beloved history in other cities: 12 years in London through the leadership of The Campaign for Drawing, a nonprofit organization that originated the festival; six years in New York through The Drawing Center; three years in Los Angeles through Ryman Arts; and one-day festivals in Berlin, Melbourne, and beyond.