Family Day: The Big Draw

Close-up of child drawing at a table.
© Hayley Madison

Past event archive
26 October 2023, 11.00-16.00

Across the Gallery


Join us this October half term for a big drawing extravaganza! Explore drawing with the senses through fun, playful activities for all the family. From creating your own tactile drawing to drawing what you hear - touch, smell, look and listen in workshops to tingle the senses.

All activities are free and drop in. Capacity is limited, first come first served.

When you arrive head to our Family Desk on Floor 0 to see what’s on and pick up one of our fun family activity trails.

Activity spaces and a lunchroom can be found in the Learning Centre on Floor -2.

Woven Wall Hangings

Inspired by Grayson Perry and patterns in the Galleries' portraits try out different weaving techniques. Use a combination of wool and mark making to create a colourful wall plaque merging geometric and freeform patterns or make a quirky woven container. Take your woven wonders home with you.

Photography Studio, Floor -2

Sensory, Portrait Patterned Postcards

Smell the roses! Enjoy using your senses to mindfully and reflectively draw a portrait of you, a family member or a favourite pet, surrounded by a pattern of plants. Are you more rosemary or rose, apple mint or peppermint? Look at portraits of famous people in their gardens, how are the plants making them feel? Write and send your postcard - tell the receiver about your lovely drawing!

Clore Studio, Floor -3

In the Jungle

What does a portrait sound like? Go wild in this workshop inspired by Dame Jane Goodall's portrait with Figan the Chimpanzee. Scribble, scrawl and draw on our gigantic drawing pad among the sounds of the jungle.

Art Studio, Floor - 3

Draw to Explore

Discover playful ways of looking at the portraits on the gallery walls with a selection of fun drawing challenges and activities for the whole family! Find and draw noisy, colourful, and exciting portraits and many more - independently, as a family, or with the help of the gallery educator.

Room 18, Floor 3

Fun with Portraits

Explore the gallery with our self-led drawing trail. This activity is great for curious folk who want to choose their own journey and draw and play along the way! Once you’ve completed the trail tell us what you thought and what other activities you’d like to do, to receive a free goody bag.

Level 0

Supported by The Loveday Charitable Trust

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