Machynlleth museum to host Big Draw Festival workshop

Learn how to make your own sketchbook at MOMA Machynlleth.

The Museum of Modern Art, Machynlleth is to host a workshop as part of The STEAM Powered Big Draw Festival 2016 on Saturday, October 8.

Learn how to make your own sketchbook at MOMA Machynlleth.
Learn how to make your own sketchbook at MOMA Machynlleth.


The festival is the world’s biggest celebration of drawing and its patrons include Quentin Blake, Andrew Marr, Bob and Roberta Smith, Lord Foster of Thames Bank, David Hockney, Sir Roger Penrose, Gerald Scarfe, Posy Simmonds and Children’s Laureate, Chris Riddell.


The 2016 theme is The STEAM Powered Big Draw Festival, which brings together science, technology, art, engineering and maths. STEAM represents the campaign to give the arts parity with other subjects so that STEM, becomes STEAM. STEAM also recalls our industrial past and the fusion of creative innovation, enterprise and the arts.


Kate Mason, director of The Big Draw, said: “The Big Draw Festival is for anyone who loves to draw, as well as those who think they can’t! Whether organising or participating in a Big Draw Festival event, it is an opportunity to join a global community in celebration of the universal language of drawing.”


From October 1-31 every year, thousands of enjoyable, and mainly free, drawing activities connect people of all ages with schools, galleries, museums, libraries, heritage sites, village halls, outdoor space, artists, designers, illustrators and each other.


Last year, events took place on seven continents and involved 400,000 people. This year is expected to be even bigger and better.


Join artist Valerie James for the fun, free workshop to make your own sketchbook at MOMA Machynlleth. The workshop runs from 10.30am to 3.45pm on October 8. Once completed, Valerie will take the artists into the museum to do some drawings inspired by the current exhibitions, which cover a wide range of subjects.

This is a family event and all children must be accompanied. Artists can bring their own lunches or use the museum cafe. Places must be booked in advance on Tel: 01654 703355 or


The Big Draw Festival Launched in October 2000, The Big Draw Festival has encouraged over three million people back to the drawing board. It has notched up two world records – for the longest drawing in the world (one kilometre) and the greatest number of people drawing simultaneously (over 7,000).


To find out more about the festival and MOMA Machynlleth’s Big Draw workshop, which runs from 10.30am to 3.45pm on October 8, visit: