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The Big Draw Festival
Day Two

October 27, 11:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
East Building

Join us for a two-day celebration of drawing! Activities include a Sketching Lab, in-gallery sessions with teaching artists, performances, and a children’s corner. View the schedule for the first day of the Big Draw Festival.

Learn more about the international Big Draw Festival at

This program is made possible by a generous grant from The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation.


11:15 a.m. / Lecture Hall / West Building

New York International Children’s Film Festival Dutch Animation Celebration
Recommended for ages 8 and over

Family Art Lab
Ongoing / Mezzanine

Relax, play, and interact in our family-friendly sketching space. Create a “sidewalk” sketch, experiment with child-friendly drawing materials, and enjoy a selection of children’s books at the Pop-Up Family Library.

1:00 and 3:00 p.m. / Mezzanine

Together we’ll read a book aloud, move, and play. We welcome all ages, especially our youngest visitors and nursing parents.

Figure Drawing
Ongoing / Atrium

Drop in and sketch from live clothed models. An educator will be on hand to help you get started.

Sketching Lab
Ongoing / Atrium

Experiment with materials and technique in the Sketching Lab. Create on your own or receive instruction from a teaching artist.

Drop-in Sketching
1:00–4:00 p.m.

Create a continuous line drawing inspired by the work of Alexander Calder, learn color theory from an Alma Thomas painting, and explore form and shape in pop art.

These drop-in experiences include light instruction by teaching artists.

Still-Life Sketches
Mezzanine Terrace

Color: Alma Thomas
Upper Level / Gallery 407C

Form and Shape: Pop Art
Upper Level / Gallery 407D

Line: Alexander Calder
Tower / Gallery 606

Exquisite Corpse Scavenger Hunt
Ongoing / Welcome Table / Atrium

Draw fantastical, wacky, and surprising creatures while exploring the Gallery. This scavenger hunt is inspired by Exquisite Corpse, a chance-based game played by surrealist artists.

*This event is brought to you by the 12th annual Kids Euro Festival, a two-week long festival of European arts and culture presenting free activities to DC metro area children from age 2 to 12. With programs both for the general public and for school groups, more than 10,000 DC-area children and their families enjoy Kids Euro Festival programs each year. This is made possible by the 28 European Union countries and the European Union Delegation in Washington in cooperation with the European-American Cultural Foundation and The Carmel Cultural Endowment for the Arts. For the full lineup of events, please visit and follow us at #KidsEUFest.

Related Events

The Artist's Sketchbook: A Personal View
October 27 at 2:00
West Building Lecture Hall

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