Vancouver is holding a Draw Down!
Vancouver is a great city for solo travelers. City culture, nature hikes, beaches and bistros. But this year there is an additional draw (pardon the pun), for solo travelers to Vancouver. Go to Vancouver and go social by taking part in Vancouver Draw Down 2011.
The Draw Down is about the pleasure of drawing not the skill. You are just one of many people who contribute to the drawing of creatures in a playful, social atmosphere.
I participated in my first Draw Down with Elizabeth MacKenzie, the artist leading the project, and our extended family in 2007. In Vancouver last Thursday, I attended my first public Draw Down at Carnegie Community Centre in the heart of East Vancouver. People came with the intent to draw or discovered the opportunity by chance, however they got there, they discovered the joy of drawing collaboratively.
The process is simple. One person makes a mark on the paper with water color – yes, a child can do it and the next stages too. Then, with a pile of papers with watermarks on them, everyone simply looks at the marks and if a creature appears to them, they add a few details to bring it to life. Then they pass it back into the pile, and choose another. Everyone embellishes everyone's work. It's great fun.
Vancouver Draw Down workshops are taking place in different locations throughout Vancouver until the finale on July 23rd. The workshops are free and open to the public. Click here to get the entire Draw Down schedule. Drop in and discover that you can draw.
The finale will be at all 9 participating sites starting at 10am – 12pm at Sunset Community Centre to Britannia Community Centre at 4pm. Go to the website to see information on specific times at each community centre.