The Big Draw Flock Project

You might have heard about the Big Draw, a national campaign with the sole aim of getting people to draw. This year a new project has emerged under this campaign called ‘Flock’ which seeks to connect people across thousands of miles using, you guessed it, drawing!

Using birds, stamps and people’s own messages and pictures, each person will draw a bird on a card and write a message with their thoughts about migration, travel or distance which will then be sent around. It will begin at the Equator in Uganda, flying north via Camberwell (London), Ullapool (Scottish highlands) and eventually arriving en masse in Stornoway (Isle of Lewis, Outer Hebrides).

Art in the Park is just one of the organisations involved with this. Acting as the London (Camberwell) stop-over, we will be running an open workshop on Sunday 9th  October themed around ‘BIRDS OF BURGESS PARK.’ Participants from our 4 Corners and Heart Garden project will also be contributing to the ‘flock’ of postcards.

Open to all ages, the open workshop will allow participants to contribute to this unique Big Draw project by creating stencilled postcards using paint machines which were designed and crafted by Art in the Park’s artist Bill Hudson. In addition to this, there will be pottery, still themed around birds for those wanting a piece of craft of their own.

Camberwell Flock Workshop

We will provide reference material on the birds seen around the park and the lake (Art in the Park have previously worked with Cobourg school to produce a stunning, circular bronze of birds on the lake).

Stencilled Postcards

Participants will:

  1. Create stencil of a bird using paper
  2. Place on top of the postcard
  3. Put it on the painting machine and paint it thus creating a printed bird

They can make 1-2 to keep and 1 to post onwards through the project.

Bird themed Pottery

Participants will:

  1. Make a pot using the potter’s wheel
  2. Decorate it with a string stamp that they have created, still continuing with the bird motif

You can follow progress of the Big Draw’s Flock project on their blog.

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