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Big Draw Festival

Big Draw Festival - Workshop Passport

The Big Draw Festival 2016

Mechanical Marks

Join the Gallery’s Art Educators as we experiment with a range of simple yet dynamic mechanical drawing machines and robots. As the machines shake, shuffle and spin use them to create an assortment of abstract drawings.

Vancouverites of all ages are invited to take part in FREE hands-on drawing workshops, across the city in community centres, museums, art galleries, and on the street! Workshops, developed and led by professional artists, offer the opportunity to rediscover drawing in everyday life. This day-long, city-wide celebration focuses on the process, pleasure and diversity of drawing, rather than on skill and technical ability. Find out more ».

Download a PDF of the Workshop Passport ». Printed copies will be available at the Gallery.

FREE and open to the public.


Weekly Family Programs

Every Sunday, the Gallery offers unique activities geared towards children 12 & under and their families. Join our team of Art Agents as they bring the exhibitions to life. Then move on to The Making Place, to experiment with themes, processes and materials in a number of engaging art-making activities.

Weekly Family Programs are FREE for Children 12 & under.


Download a complete listing
of our monthly schedule:

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For those wishing to bring a group, we recommend a ratio of one adult for every four children. Private groups may also be arranged for a fee, please call 604.662.4717.*Note: cameras are allowed in The Making Place only.

Art Agents
Sundays, 12pm-4pm
In the Gallery

Grownups and kids can explore the galleries with our team of bold, whimsical, funny and informed Art Agents.

Art Tracks
In the Gallery

Art Tracks are child-oriented tours led by artists, educators, dancers, musicians and others offering interdisciplinary ways of looking and thinking about art.

The Making Place*
Sundays, 12pm-4pm
In the Gallery, 4th floor

Offering explorative, hands-on workshops featuring collaborative and independent activities for all kinds of making. Bring your own camera* to capture your child’s projects.

Generously Supported by:
Associates of the Vancouver Art Gallery
Sundays FREE for children 12 & under
Supported by Visionary Partner:
In-kind support provided by:
Opus Art Supplies

Children & Family