For this Big Draw family workshop, we will be looking closely at patterns in nature, spirals, and repeating shapes.

If we look closely at nature around us, life cycles and visual patterns of growth are everywhere. Flowers, plants, snowflakes and even human cells reveal geometric structures of incredible and intricate beauty. In nature we see science, maths and art work together.

There is so much that we have learnt from the natural world, but what can we now learn, at a time when pollution and climate change present a threat to our future?  

In the spirit of Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, we’ll take a look in our recycling boxes and get creative by:

  • drawing mandalas and repeating patterns using a cardboard tube
  • making a DIY spirograph drawing machine from plastic containers and card

Have a rummage in your recycling box at home and start collecting the following materials so you can take part:

  • recycled card packaging i.e. cereal boxes, food or drink boxes (several)
  • bottle tops, plastic lids & containers (mixed shapes & sizes)

You’ll also need:

  • A4 plain paper
  • A ruler
  • A pair of scissors
  • An eraser
  • Felt tips (optional)

Everything else you’ll receive in your Big Draw PlayPack.

2020 marks the 20th anniversary of The Big Draw Festival which this year is themed The Big Green Draw: A Climate of Change, focusing on the relationship between people and our living environments and ecosystems; highlighting how we live today and the ways in which we do and do not harmonise with nature.

This event is part of Rich Mix Goes Green, our commitment to reduce our impact on the environment by Raising Awareness, Saving Energy and Reducing Waste.

We are very pleased to be able to offer our local families a PlayPack to support this session that you will receive through the post. Keep your eye out!

This online event is a Zoom session, accompanied by a short introductory film that you can watch before joining us for an hour of creative fun. Please make sure you have a laptop, tablet or mobile phone with a good internet connection.


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