Go Draw in School
How can schools get involved?
Why not encourage your students to develop their drawing skills by drawing each day for two weeks?
Each day your pupils will have the opportunity to join hundreds of others by taking time out and drawing every day! The benefits of drawing are many, and it is important to give children the chance to develop confidence and grow to love drawing.
Rushmore Borough Council, once again, wants to encourage creativity within Primary schools in the Borough by joining in the drawing festival for all - Go Draw
For more information on the festival and how adults can join in please visit the webpage HERE
To find out how SCHOOLS can join in carry on reading...
Some questions that you might be asking:
When is this drawing festival?
It all starts on Monday February 27th and lasts for 2 weeks. So in practice the school’s element would be for 10 days (Monday to Friday both weeks).
What do we actually do with the children?
Each day during the fortnight there will be an introductory video for the theme of the day (there will also be printable support in case technology lets you down). You show the video to your class and then on the appropriate page in their drawing book (more about them later) they spend 10/15 minutes drawing a picture on the theme.
Tell me more about the drawing books, do we have to use them?
Rushmoor Bourough Council have 5,000 totally free A6 drawing books, specially created for Go Draw in School. These how now been distributed. You can still take part but you would need to provide your own drawing book.
Do we have to draw every day? Surely that is a lot of teaching time that we will lose?
You don’t have to draw every day… but it would be so much more effective if you do!
E Eisner said ‘The arts' position in the school curriculum symbolizes to the young what adults BELIEVE is IMPORTANT.’ As a special project, to develop drawing in the school, it is worth dedicating time.
What do the class use to draw with?
You can use anything you like! Pencils, pens, crayons whatever works best with your children!
What age range should take part in Go Draw in School
Any age! Individual class teachers know their children best, and will know how to adapt things to best suit their children. There is no age restrictions to drawing! (please note that the drawing books are initially available to Primary aged schools)
I’m not good at drawing.. is that a problem?
No problem at all.. it is very important that everyone (including the teachers) gets involved. Often it is good for the children to see that teachers are learners too!
Do we have to do just the 10/15 minuets drawing every day, or will there be more?
As well as the themed drawing in the drawing book there will be a collection of support materials to make Go Draw a worthwhile learning experience for your children. Activities, games, ideas for playtime and puzzles will all be available to school taking part, should they want to.
Why not make it a whole ‘Drawing Fortnight’?
Do we have to ‘mark’ the drawings?
No, it is important that the children feel possession of the project and don’t feel judged.
The idea of the project sounds good. How much support will we get as a school?
Many of the schools in Rushmoor have already worked with John, from The Artroom. He will be on hand should you need any advice.
Is this a competition? What are the prizes?
No, there is no competitive element to this festival. Everyone is drawing for fun, at their own level! No one is judging what you do. It is for everyone!
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